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U.S. weighs arms dispatch to Bosnia

U.S. officials in the Defense and State departments are exploring the idea of sending arms to the outgunned Moslems in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the New York Times reported Sunday. But the newspaper added such intervention was opposed by senior officials and complicated by the Bush administration's hesitation to make a major reversal in policy so close to presidential elections on Nov. 3. U.S. policy has thus far avoided military intervention in Bosnia.

Shining Path kills 44 in highland town

AYACUCHO, Peru _ Shining Path guerrillas killed 44 people in a mountain town in their biggest attack since the capture of their leader and gunmen fired grenades at the U.S. ambassador's home in Lima, officials said Sunday. It was unclear whether the assault on the heavily guarded ambassador's residence _ three rocket-propelled grenades were fired at the complex _ was carried out by Shining Path or another leftist group, a police official said. Damage was slight and no one was injured in the Lima attack shortly before midnight Saturday, the officials said. About 50 guerrillas armed with rifles and explosives attacked the Andean highland community of Huayao in La Mar Province, about 240 miles southeast of Lima.

Bosnia leaders pull out of U.N. talks

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina _ Bosnian military leaders said Sunday they would pull out of U.N.-backed talks on ending the siege of Sarajevo because Serb rebels were preventing crews from restoring water and power to the city. Military officials of the Muslim-led Bosnian government, Bosnian Croats and insurgent Bosnian Serbs had agreed to meet in Sarajevo today to discuss the demilitarization of the city. The meeting was to have been the first tripartite talks since June and was viewed as a last-ditch effort to end fighting in the Bosnian capital before the arrival of brutal winter weather.

Palestinian inmates to end hunger strike

JUNEID, Occupied West Bank _ A hunger strike for the past two weeks by Palestinian inmates here and at other Israeli prisons has breathed new life into the anti-Israel uprising, which had looked moribund for many months. Thousands of Palestinians have demonstrated solidarity with the hunger-strikers by pouring into the streets of the Occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip each day, battling Israeli soldiers, throwing rocks and in turn being fired on. Sunday night, the prisoners said they had agreed to suspend their protest for a week in a return for a pledge by the police minister to investigate their living conditions.

Italians barely wins confidence vote

ROME _ After two days of debate and a stormy walkout by legislators from the old Communist Party that left the Chamber of Deputies with barely a quorum, Italy's government survived a crucial economic vote of confidence late Saturday. The vote on a package of measures to lop $18-billion from state spending was an important step in bringing Italy out of a financial crisis that has undermined business and revealed the true cost of the so-called Italian economic miracle. It also saved the government of Prime Minister Giuliano Amato, 54, the Socialist who had hinged the future of his government on passage of the measures.

Elsewhere . . .

NICOSIA, Cyprus _ A homemade bomb was detonated at the cemetery where Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini is buried, Iran's official media reported. The Islamic Republic News Agency said the explosion Saturday caused no casualties.

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