Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Events

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SUDANESE GOVERNMENT TIED TO BOMB PLOT A taped conversation between the alleged ringleader of a plot to bomb the United Nations and a federal informant implicates two Sudanese diplomats as accomplices, according to reports. The two men were intelligence officers for the Sudanese government and were assigned to the Islamic nation's UN mission in New York, ABC said on Aug. 16, citing US intelligence sources. The conversation has convinced US officials to put Sudan on Washington's list of nations that support terrorism, the New York Times reported Aug. 17. That means Sudan would not receive military equipment and other non-humanitarian assistance from the United States, and Americans who trade with Sudan would have to certify that material sold has no military use. Fighting ends in Georgia

Georgian government troops and Abkhazian rebels are withdrawing from the war zone near Sukhumi, capital of the Black Sea province of Abkhazia, Russia's Itar-Tass news agency reported on Aug. 17. Russia brokered a peace agreement between the two sides which came into effect Aug. 16.

Tass quoted Georgian and Abkhazian military spokesmen as saying the opposing forces pulled back heavy artillery and armor several miles from the front line, and commanders handed weapons parts over to Russian troops stationed in Abkhazia. Mining laws to be reformed

Fresh from raising grazing fees for private ranchers who use federal lands, Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt said on Aug. 16 that he is preparing to promote reform of federal mining laws in Congress this fall. Mr. Babbitt, on a three-week tour of Alaska, said the 121-year-old law that governs hard-rock mining on federal lands is likely to be reformed quickly.

The Mining Law of 1872, written in an era when government officials were encouraging developers to settle the western US, allows miners to extract hard-rock minerals from federal lands without paying any royalties.

"There will be royalties," Babbitt said. "I think we are going to end the patenting system. …

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