Cuba plans to start up its first nuclear power reactor at the end of 1993 although technical complications and problems of equipment supplies from the Soviet Union could cause a delay, the head of the Cuban Atomic Energy Commission said Monday. Construction of the Juragua nuclear power plant outside Cienfuegos began six years ago. All of its parts except for construction materials and minor inputs are being shipped from the Soviet Union under existing bilateral economic cooperation agreements. Shipments have been increasingly disrupted by political and economic changes in the Soviet Union.German economy gets grim forecast
BONN _ Economists at five key economic institutes forecast high unemployment, slower growth and rising inflation in the coming year as a unified Germany grapples with an economy that remains "deeply divided." The biannual report's grim picture was criticized as too pessimistic by Chancellor Helmut Kohl's government. The report predicted that unemployment will rise by 100,000 in the western part of the country and 1.1-million in the east, representing a total of 10 percent of the work force, up from 6 percent.
Senate approves weaponry for Israel
WASHINGTON _ The Senate voted Monday to give Israel at least $700-million worth of U.S. weaponry, despite complaints that the United States isn't "a bottomless pit" of aid for the country. The aid was added to a $15.5-billion foreign aid bill for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1. That bill already includes $3-billion in cash for Israel and several other non-cash benefits worth hundreds of millions more.
Monasteries in Burma are raided
RANGOON, Burma _ Troops raided 133 monasteries Monday in a continuing effort by that country's military rulers to force Buddhist monks to minister to the religious needs of soldiers. The raids followed a claim by the State Law and Order Restoration Council that the militant monks of Mandalay had given up their boycott of soldiers and would once again accept alms from them and give their blessings to military families. Diplomats said many of the monks had been continuing their boycott.
Fugitive drug lord takes up writing
BOGOTA, Colombia _ One of the world's most-hunted fugitives, Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, has written the prologue for a new book, according to media reports. Escobar, who is a top-ranking figure in the Medellin cocaine cartel, is wanted for extradition to the United States. In the prologue to a Colombian lawyer's book on extradition, Escobar argues against the extradition of drug traffickers. The prologue, datelined Medellin, includes Escobar's thumbprint as proof of its authenticity.
Elsewhere . . .
BRUSSELS _ The chief of the Soviet general staff will visit NATO headquarters Thursday, the first time such a senior Soviet military figure has been received there.
MOSCOW _ A man was killed Monday when Soviet troops opened fire on stone-throwers who attacked a convoy of buses and trucks in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, Tass news agency said.
DHAKA, Bangladesh _ Workers arguing over the election of a union official hurled homemade bombs and stones at each other, leaving 100 people injured, police said.
BERLIN _ The leader of Germany's Jewish community has issued a strong protest of a weekend march in Dresden by several hundred neo-Nazis.
MANILA, Philippines _ A bomb exploded outside the offices of the Shell oil company Tuesday, shattering windows in the building.