Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


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FORD, UAW SIGN NEW CONTRACT Ford Motor Co. and the United Auto Workers union reached an agreement on a new labor contract Wednesday that offers higher wages and pension benefits for current workers but lowers the salary for newly hired employees. UAW president Owen Bieber said the agreement, which covers 96,000 hourly workers in the United States, will last for three years. Local union officials said the pact contains many of the same provisions as the previous agreement. Somalia deaths

Somali gunmen shot to death two Italian soldiers jogging in Mogadishu Wednesday and fired four mortar bombs into the United Nations compound, injuring 11 staff members. The violence flared just as Rome's peacekeeping contingent was withdrawing from the capital after a disagreement over UN policy in Somalia.

Gun battles between the feuding clan of warlord Mohamed Farah Aideed and followers of his bitter rival, self-styled President Mohamed Ali Mahdi, also killed a child and pushed the capital back toward the anarchy the 27,000-strong UN army was supposed to end when the US troops landed in December last year. E. Germans sentenced

A Berlin court sentenced former East German Defense Minister Heinz Kessler to 7 1/2 years in jail yesterday for the deaths of people shot trying to flee to the West over the Berlin Wall and inter-German border.

Two other former officials were given shorter sentences: Mr. Kessler's top aide received a 5 1/2-year sentence, and the local Communist Party boss received a 4 1/2 year sentence. More than 500 people were killed before the Wall fell.

The case was started against former East German leader Erich Honecker whom prosecutors say issued the shoot-to-kill orders his security chief Erich Mielke, and Prime Minister Willi Stoph. All were excused from the trial because of poor health. Cocaine program faulted

The Clinton administration has concluded that the Pentagon's cocaine smuggling interdiction program is largely a failure, according to a published report. …

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