Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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DENNY TRIAL DECISIONS EXPECTED TODAY The Los Angeles jury in the Reginald Denny beating case revealed Saturday that it had reached verdicts on some counts but could not decide others, including some of the most serious charges against the two defendants. Superior Court Judge John Ouderkirk said he would accept today the verdicts the jury had reached. Damian Williams and Henry Watson were charged with attempted murder and other felonies in attacks on Mr. Denny and others that took place as rioting broke out on April 29, 1992. Both were accused of taking part in the most notorious attack of the riot, the televised assault on Mr. Denny, a truck driver. Prosecutors said they would ask that deliberations continue. Sudan's new leadership

Sudan's ruling military junta disbanded on Saturday, appointed its leader president, and widened the powers of parliament. Before disbanding, the junta issued a decree specifying Islamic law as the basis of Sudan's political system but guaranteeing freedom of religion.

Since coming to power in a coup on June 30, 1989, Lt. Gen. Omar Hassan al-Bashir has steadily turned Sudan into an Islamic state ruled by sharia or Islamic law. A 10-year civil war between the Christian and animist south and Muslim north of Sudan, coupled with famine, has killed more than 1 million people and ruined the country's economy. In August, Washington put Sudan on its list of nations sponsoring terrorism. Russian nuclear dumping

A Russian Navy tanker was pumping nuclear waste directly into the ocean 300 miles north of Japan yesterday despite a 1983 international moratorium on such dumping, the environmental group Greenpeace said. The group said its investigations indicated the 900 tons of waste were primarily reactor coolant and cleaning water from the Russian Pacific Fleet's dilapidated nuclear submarine force. The Russian Ecology Ministry gave the Navy a permit to dump the waste despite the moratorium, Greenpeace said. Welcome back, Durant

Wounded US helicopter pilot Michael Durant, free after 11 days in captivity in Somalia, arrived in the US Saturday and was awarded a Purple Heart. …

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