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Pope's abortion tirade attacked

Pope John Paul II was criticized by a Polish newspaper and by French and German Jewish leaders Wednesday for his comparison of abortion to mass murder. The left-leaning youth daily Sztandar Mlodych aimed unprecedented criticism at the Polish pontiff, saying the analogy he drew between abortion and genocide was inadmissible and offensive. The pope, now on a tour of his native country, was also criticized by Jews in Berlin and Paris after his fierce attack on Poland's law that allows abortion on demand.Ex-food chief new

Albanian leader

TIRANA, Albania _ President Ramiz Alia announced Wednesday that a former food industry minister would head a transitional government in this impoverished Balkan nation. Ylli Bufi, who served in the Communist government that stepped down Tuesday, was asked to form a Cabinet backed by all political parties to govern until elections can be held in about a year, the ATA news agency said. Bufi replaces Fatos Nano, a reform Communist who resigned after being unable to halt a crippling, three-week nationwide strike.

Pit bulls may

escape execution

LONDON _ Britain's 10,000 pit bull terriers won a reprieve Wednesday in proposed legislation to curb their bloody attacks on people. Home Secretary Kenneth Baker's new Dangerous Dogs Bill did not carry out an earlier threat to order the mass destruction of pit bull fighting dogs. The legislation, hastily written after three gory attacks by pit bulls, would allow ownership of pit bulls only if they are neutered, insured and have special permits. The bill proposes that the dogs must be muzzled and leashed in public. It would be an offense to breed, sell or exchange them.

Israeli attacks on

Lebanon continue

SIDON, Lebanon _ Israeli warplanes blasted Palestinian bases in southern Lebanon for a third day Wednesday in an onslaught that follows a Lebanese-Syrian treaty Israel fears will lead to more guerrilla attacks. Police said three guerrillas were killed and nine wounded, bringing the three-day toll to 22 people dead, 82 wounded. The U.S. State Department urged all parties to halt further attacks or any acts that might hinder the Lebanese government from reasserting its control. President Elias Hrawi's government sees the raids as a challenge to a cooperation treaty signed Monday between Lebanon and Syria, Israel's main Arab foe.

Elsewhere . . .

BELFAST, Northern Ireland _ Four political parties said Wednesday they have agreed to hold talks June 17 on restoring self-government in Northern Ireland.

HAVANA _ Cuban President Fidel Castro will join the leaders of other Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries for a two-day summit in Mexico next month, Cuban radio reported Wednesday. The leaders are to discuss common themes, including plans to celebrate the 500th anniversary next year of the discovery of the New World.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan _ Rain and flooding in the northern Afghan province of Jowzjan bordering the Soviet Union has caused 5,000 causalities, an Afghan rebel spokesman said Wednesday. He did not say how many were killed and how many injured.

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