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01 Aug 1996 description
Heavy Rains, Floods still Batter Asia

TAIPEI (Reuter) - Torrential rains struck pockets of Southeast Asia
Thursday as Typhoon Herb slammed into southern China and
severe floods deluged parts of India, Bangladesh, Thailand and
North Korea.

The powerful storm sliced through Taiwan, killing at least 14 people,
several buried under mudflows, while another 10 missing since
Wednesday were feared dead, rescue officials said.

Over 200 people have been injured by Herb, the second typhoon to
rattle the island in a week.
01 Aug 1996 description
report Voice of America

DATE=8/1/96
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-201113
TITLE=LIBERIA / ECOWAS (S)
BYLINE=PURNELL MURDOCK
DATELINE«IDJAN
CONTENT=

01 Aug 1996 description
report Times

FROM SAM KILEY IN BUJUMBURA


AFRICAN leaders vowed yesterday to impose tough economic sanctions against Burundi's new military regime, and demanded that it open negotiations with Hutu rebels or face "tougher measures".

01 Aug 1996 description

ABUJA (Jul 31, 1996 6:29 p.m. EDT) - Rival Liberian leaders held out new hope for peace in their country by announcing they had agreed in the Nigerian capital Abuja to disarm their forces in August.

The warlords, who have been threatened by regional leaders with sanctions including a Bosnian or Rwandan-style war crimes tribunal, said on Wednesday the disarmament should be completed by September to allow for elections to choose Liberia's rulers.

"I am advocating an election in December.

01 Aug 1996 description

[ReliefWeb: Excerpts)

01 Aug 1996 description

By Louise Tunbridge in Bujumbura

01 Aug 1996 description

BUJUMBURA (Aug 1, 1996 08:41 a.m. EDT) - Burundi's military junta marked a week in power on Thursday vowing to overcome economic sanctions aimed at bringing it down.

01 Aug 1996 description
report Associated Press

By STEFAN LOVGREN Associated Press Writer

01 Aug 1996 description

UNITED NATIONS (Jul 31, 1996 5:41 p.m. EDT) -- Bruised by earlier ventures into chronic ethnic conflicts, major powers are unwilling to volunteer troops for a contingency force that could be sent to Burundi.

01 Aug 1996 description

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01 Aug 1996 description
report Save the Children

In the aftermath of the Organisation Of African Unity (OAU) summit on Burundi, Save the Children today warned, that the international community's continued indecisiveness over the Burundi crisis could further destabilise the country. The charity called on the international community to end speculation over Burundi, by issuing a clear statement outlining the measures it proposes to take to help resolve the country's problems.

01 Aug 1996 description
report Associated Press

By WAIEL FALEH Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- More than 70,000 Iraqis, nearly half of them children under 5, died in the first half of 1996 because six years of U.N. sanctions have made medicine scarce, a government newspaper said Thursday.

Al-Thawra, citing a health ministry source, said 70,274 Iraqis died because of a lack of medicine. The report could not be confirmed, but relief organizations have consistently reported higher rates of disease, malnutrition and infant mortality.

The sanctions were imposed after Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

01 Aug 1996 description
report The Washington Post

Faction leaders in Liberia's civil war said they have agreed to end all hostilities immediately and to disarm their soldiers.

"Leaders of the warring parties on the council of state agreed to the following . . . the commencement of the physical disarmament of their fighting troops as of August 1996," said a joint statement issued here in Nigeria's capital. "This exercise shall be completed by Sept.

01 Aug 1996 description
report The Washington Post

THE UNITED STATES continues to intervene mischievously in the appalling conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Its particular contribution is to increase the misery of a million Azeri refugees, and in that way to draw out hopes for a settlement. Why would Washington wish to conduct such a policy, which runs against its own substantial strategic, economic and political interests?

01 Aug 1996 description
report Associated Press

By STEFAN LOVGREN Associated Press Writer

01 Aug 1996 description

Stepanakert, August 1 (RFE/RL) -- Favorable conditions for a permanent settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict have appeared recently, says the former Russian envoy at talks.

01 Aug 1996 description

Moscow, August 1 (RFE/RL) -- Russian warplanes and artillery today battered southeastern Chechnya, killing eight people and injuring 40 others, said Movladi Udugov, Chechen separatist information minister.

01 Aug 1996 description
report Save the Children

After last Thursday's military coup in Burundi in which Pierre Buyoya was declared president, the future of Burundi still remains unclear. Mr Buyoya has rejected any proposal for foreign intervention in Burundi. Meanwhile neighbouring countries under the auspices of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) have refused to recognise the new regime. They have threatened to impose economic sanctions against the country unless the new regime reinstates the parliament, and unconditionally reopens talks with all factions, including the rebels.

31 Jul 1996 description

USA Media Contact:
Tamara Pleitez, public affairs director
tel: 301/680-6340, fax: 301/680-6370

Burundi Contact:
Mr. Bent Nielsen, director
tel: 011-257-21-2146 (work), 257-22-6196 (home)
Avenue Prince Louis
Rwagasore 26, Bujumbura