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Germany approves treaties

The German Parliament Tuesday took another step in unwinding the Cold War era by approving two treaties governing the withdrawal of Soviet military forces from the eastern part of the country by the end of 1994. By an overwhelming majority, the Bundestag, meeting in Bonn, passed one treaty that effectively alters the status of the 380,000 Soviet troops stationed in eastern Germany from that of a de facto occupying force to that of invited guests. The new status subjects Soviet forces to German law and regulations in much the same way as British, French and American military units operate in the western part of the country. The lawmakers also approved a second treaty providing for $9-billion to finance the return of the Soviet forces and their dependents to the Soviet Union over the next four years. Including dependents, some 600,000 people are involved in the withdrawal.Reactors shut in accidents

SOFIA, Bulgaria _ Two reactors in Bulgaria's only nuclear power plant in Kozloduy have been shut down because of an accident, Bulgarian radio said Tuesday. The radio, quoting Bulgarian power officials, said the accident at the plant in northern Bulgaria on the Danube river had not affected the Soviet-designed nuclear reactors themselves. It gave no further details.

Bodies said to be in well

RIO de JANEIRO _ Police said Tuesday they discovered an abandoned well where death squads dump their victims. An investigator said no bodies had yet been retrieved from the site on the outskirts of Nova Iguacu, a city about 20 miles outside of Rio. News reports said there were about 100 bodies buried in the grave, most of them believed to be teen-agers killed by death squads _ police officers who make extra money by killing petty thieves at the behest of shopkeepers and others. Many of the victims of death squads are poor minors involved in the drug trade and small-scale theft.

Cuba: no contact with exiles

MIAMI _ Cuba has made "no official contacts" with any Cuban exile groups in the United States that are pushing for democracy in the communist island nation, a Cuban government spokesman said Tuesday. Jorge Ruiz, who is with the Cuban Interest Section in Washington, said Cuban Vice President Carlos Rafael Rodriguez was misinterpreted Friday in a Cuban state radio report that quoted him as saying the government had opened talks with moderates.

Drug lords hold journalists

MEDELLIN, Colombia _ Colombia's top drug traffickers admitted for the first time Tuesday that they had kidnapped seven journalists. They threatened to execute them if police responded by abducting their relatives. The threat by the Extraditables _ drug lords wanted for extradition to the United States _ shattered a surface calm in Colombia since the traffickers declared a truce in their bloody war on the state three months ago.