A small bomb under a sidewalk exploded in London's theater district Wednesday night, smashing windows but causing no serious injuries, officials said. It was the second to go off in the area in the same day. The London Ambulance Service said several people were treated for shock. Earlier, five people were treated for minor injuries and shock after a small bomb went off in a garbage can in the area. No group immediately claimed responsibility for either blast, but telephone tipsters had warned police. The Irish Republican Army has planted bombs in London to pressure the government to relinquish control over Northern Ireland.
Hong Kong official
pushes vote reform
HONG KONG _ Christopher Patten, Britain's governor here, outlined his plan for political reforms in this colony before it reverts to Chinese control. His proposals, called "moderate" and even "modest" by liberals demanding more democracy, were immediately attacked by the Chinese government. Patten stressed that the proposals did not contradict the Basic Law, China's blueprint for governing Hong Kong in 1997. His plan calls for more voters to take part in future legislative elections by broadening the base of what are called "functional constituency" elections where interest groups such as lawyers, trade unionists and businessmen vote for legislators.
U.N. agency sends
aid into north Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq _ The United Nations Children's Emergency Fund sent three truckloads of vaccines and medical supplies to Kurdish-held northern Iraq on Wednesday _ the first such shipment in almost three months. "The supplies are sufficient for three months," said UNICEF representative Gianni Murzi. Foreign relief operations in Iraq were virtually paralyzed when an agreement between the government and the U.N. expired in June. It has not been renewed, but Murzi said UNICEF has begun receiving government travel and shipping permits again.
Delay seen in U.S.
pullout from Korea
WASHINGTON _ The United States and South Korea are expected to further delay any U.S. troop withdrawal from South Korea because of concerns over North Korea's nuclear arms program, Bush administration officials said Wednesday. "I doubt the situation with the North Korean nuclear weapons program has improved enough to proceed with the withdrawal" of another 6,500 U.S. troops by the end of 1995, said one of the officials, who asked not to be identified. U.S. and South Korean military leaders are meeting at the Pentagon for talks on Korean peninsula security.
MOSCOW _ Russian President Boris Yeltsin on Wednesday stripped former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev of his research center's spacious property in Moscow, the Interfax news agency said. The presidential decree follows Gorbachev's refusal to testify at hearings on the banned Communist Party. Interfax quoted a presidential spokesman as saying the center's property would be handed over to the Russian government. A second property at a complex of country villas on the outskirts of Moscow also was confiscated. Gorbachev will be allowed to rent space from the government at a mutually agreeable price.
Elsewhere . . .
GEORGETOWN, Guyana _ Election officials Wednesday declared opposition leader Cheddi Jagan the victor over President Desmond Hoyte in what foreign observers hailed as Guyana's first fair vote in decades.