Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


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MIDEAST LEADERS RETURN, PACT IN HAND Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin returned to Jerusalem yesterday, telling Israelis that the peace agreement with the Palestine Liberation Organization would take hard work. He also appealed to the international community to provide enough funding to implement the plan. PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat returned to his headquarters in Tunis yesterday, where he said he was confident the accord would lead to a comprehensive peace between the Arabs and Israel. Mr. Arafat said he hoped to be in the West Bank city of Jericho within 10 weeks "to start the first Palestinian national authority" there. Florida beefs up security

Gov. Lawton Chiles assigned 540 auxiliary law officers round-the-clock to interstate highway rest stops after the ninth slaying of a foreign tourist in less than a year. Gary Colley, a Briton, was shot dead early Tuesday by two youths at a stop where he and his wife had pulled off for a nap.

Florida's $31 billion tourism industry was still reeling from last week's shooting death of a German tourist. Key US interest rate drops

Southwest Bank of St. Louis, which has sometimes been a leader in setting lending rates for the nation's banks, said yesterday that it was cutting its prime rate to 5.75 percent from the current 6 percent effective today. The prime rate is the interest rate banks charge their commercial customers and serves as a benchmark for other short-term consumer lending rates, including credit cards. China releases dissident

China announced yesterday that it released Zhai Weimin from prison on Sept. 13. He had been held for 3 1/2 years. Mr. Zhai was No. 6 on China's list of students wanted after the June 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. He was arrested after granting an interview to a Western news magazine giving details of his plans for setting up a pro-democracy group. Shevardnadze stays

Georgian leader Eduard Shevardnadze warned rebels yesterday to call off their attack. His warning ended a tense 12 hours of political turmoil during which Mr. …

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