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Spy's wife goes on hunger strike

With bottles of mineral water at her side and a friend holding an umbrella to shield her from the sun, Esther Pollard began a hunger strike Sunday to free her husband, convicted spy Jonathan Pollard.

"This is Day One," Mrs. Pollard said as she began her strike outside a department store. "We will go on until Jonathan is here. There is no reason to hold Jonathan any more."

President Clinton on Friday rejected a plea for clemency for Pollard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst who has served 10 years of a life term for giving state secrets to Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said Sunday that Israel "regrets" Clinton's decision. It said Netanyahu raised the issue on his recent trip to Washington, contradicting Mrs. Pollard's claim that he did not.

Clinton said he rejected Pollard's plea for clemency based on the enormity of his crime, his lack of remorse and the damage he caused U.S. security.

Cesar hits Nicaragua

MANAGUA, Nicaragua _ Hurricane Cesar struck Nicaragua with 79 mph winds early Sunday before losing strength and becoming a tropical storm.

At least 13 deaths were blamed on the storm Sunday: 10 in Costa Rica and three in Nicaragua. Several people were reported missing. Three people were killed Saturday when Cesar grazed mainland Colombia.

The hurricane made landfall north of the Nicaraguan port of Bluefields.

Forecasters warned Cesar could pick up strength again as it moved west-northwest toward the Gulf of Fonseca in the Pacific.

Elsewhere . . .

BOGOTA, Colombia _ Juan David Ochoa Vasquez, one of Colombia's top drug lords, was set free after serving less than six years in prison. He was sentenced to 8\ years in prison. Ochoa, who along with his two brothers allegedly led the Medellin drug cartel after the death of Pablo Escobar, is wanted in the United States for the 1986 killing of an informant of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

BEIJING _ China conducted a nuclear test early today, but promised it would start a moratorium on further tests Tuesday. The state-run Xinhua News Agency said that the test was conducted "successfully," but gave no details.

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