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Military officers protest, demand resignation of Ceausescu brass

BUCHAREST, Romania - Officers demanding the firing of military leaders who served dictator Nicolae Ceausescu protested for a fourth day Thursday, joined by more than 2,000 civilians. The officers said they would continue until the dismissal of Defense Minister Nicolae Militaru, Interior Minister Mihai Chitac and others who were in the military hierarchy before Ceausescu was overthrown and executed in December. Fifty-eight officers who spent three nights insidegovernment headquarters on Victory Square left the building early Thursday after Prime Minister Petre Roman agreed to investigate Militaru and Chitac. They continued their protest outside and about 2,000 civilians joined them late Thursday, including Hihai Stanescu, Romania's best-known cartoonist. The crowd dwindled when heavy rain began.

West Germany approves arms sales BONN - A West German Cabinet committee has approved the sale of an

anti-missile system to Saudi Arabia and two submarines to Israel, an

opposition member of Parliament said Thursday. Hartmut Soell, a Social

Democratic member of Parliament, said the committee, the Federal Security Council, approved the sale in January. He said the decision was disclosed at a meeting of Parliament's foreign relations committee on Wednesday. Soell said the weapon involved in the sale to Saudi Arabia was the Gepard anti-missile system made by Krauss-Maffei, a Munich-based defense contractor and machine tool manufacturer. The system, which is mounted on tanks, is considered a defensive weapon.

Bulgaria halts nuclear construction SOFIA, Bulgaria - The Communist government on Thursday ordered a halt to the construction on a nuclear power plant on the Danube River after nearby residents staged a general strike. The government ordered construction halted on the country's planned second nuclear plant at Belene on the Danube, which is on Bulgaria's northern border with Romania. The decision came after reports that Svishtov, a town 18 miles east of Belene, was paralyzed by a general strike Thursday in protest of a parliamentary decision to continue building the plant.

Public protest has flared over Belene because it is in an area

believed susceptible to earthquakes.

German hackers convicted of spying CELLE, West Germany - Three West Germans were convicted Thursday of selling the Soviet Union information they got by sneaking into Western military data bases using a home computer and a telephone. In West Germany's first computer hacker trial, ex-croupier Peter Carl, 35, and two computer wizards were given suspended jail terms of up to two years. Markus Hess, 28, and Dirk Brzezinski, 30, were said to have broken - or hacked - into military and industrial computer networks in the United States, Europe and the Far East to obtain information they sold to the Soviet secret service, the KGB, for $54,000.

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