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Reuters, Ap and, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


WORLD CHINA Officials Confirm Nuclear Test Is Coming

China said Saturday that it maintains a "very restrained attitude" toward nuclear tests but did not deny U.S. charges that it was planning one.

U.S. officials say China is preparing to detonate a nuclear weapon at its testing site in northwestern Xinjiang province. On Friday, President Bill Clinton urged China to drop the reported plans.

In response to reporters' questions, China's Foreign Ministry issued a one-sentence statement on Saturday that said: "It is known to all that China has all along taken a very restrained attitude toward the nuclear test issue."

If China does conduct an underground nuclear test, it would be the first by any country in a year and could threaten the 15-month freeze on U.S. testing that Clinton declared July 3. AP

***** ANGOLA Rebels' Attack Kills Dozens, Report Says

Thousands of shells rained on the besieged city of Cuito on Saturday, killing dozens of people in one of the heaviest rebel bombardments so far, Angola radio said.

The radio broadcast claimed that UNITA (National Union for the Total Independence of Angola) rebels had poured 12,000 shells on the city in the last 24 hours.

Up to 20,000 people are believed to have died in Cuito from wounds, disease and starvation since UNITA encircled the city in January. Reuters

***** ITALY Car Bomb Explosion Wounds Four Officers

A car bomb exploded before dawn Saturday in Catania, Sicily, wounding four police officers and damaging several buildings, Italian news organizations reported.

One of the officers lost four fingers, suffered a crushed leg and underwent surgery in which doctors tried to save one eye, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.

No one took responsibility for the bombing.

Ten people have been killed and dozens hurt in car bombings in Italy since May. AP

***** MEXICO Deadly Tropical Storm Loses Its Intensity

Tropical Storm Gert weakened into a tropical depression as it crossed Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Saturday, sparing the lush Caribbean resort area from serious damage.

The storm pummeled much of Central America on Thursday and Friday, leaving 28 people dead and more than 15,000 homeless before withering as it approached the Yucatan. …

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