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Food, gas run short in Denmark

A national strike entered its second week Monday, paralyzing Denmark's main airport and leaving most gasoline stations out of fuel and groceries short of frozen and canned foods.

Prospects for a resolution of the walkout by 450,000 union workers in private businesses appeared dim. Employers announced plans to lock out 45,000 shop workers today, along with 15,000 electricians who belong to unions under the same umbrella organization as the strikers.

"It's very difficult to say when we can present a result," said Tine Broendum of the Confederation of Trade Unions. "At the present time, we're far from each other."

The key issue is workers' demand for a sixth week of paid vacation.

The strike has had ripple effects throughout the economy. Many hospitals have scaled back to emergency-only service. Most agricultural exports are at a standstill, and fishermen stayed ashore because fish processing plants were idle.

Cambodia reported

closing in on last rebels

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia _ Cambodian troops cornered the Khmer Rouge rebel army at the Thai border Monday, leaving the once-formidable guerrillas with few options to negotiate a settlement, Thai officials said.

Cambodian leader Hun Sen hinted that the top Khmer Rouge chieftains _ Ta Mok, Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan _ might soon be captured.

Thai military officers said the remaining Khmer Rouge guerrillas were trapped against the border and ringed on three sides by government troops.

The Khmer Rouge has been in disarray since late March, when more than 1,000 guerrillas unhappy with Ta Mok's harsh rule started defecting.

Pol Pot, who led the Khmer Rouge regime that caused the deaths of as many as 2-million people from 1975 to 1979, died April 15.

U.S. gathers evidence

of Iraqi war crimes

KUWAIT CITY _ The United States is documenting alleged war crimes committed during Iraq's seven-month occupation of Kuwait, just in case Saddam Hussein is tried before an international court one day, a senior U.S. official said Monday.

David John Scheffer, U.S. ambassador at large for war crimes issues, spoke after a two-day visit to gather evidence of murder, rape and torture allegedly committed by Iraqi troops after their 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

Scheffer said a trial of the Iraqi president would not happen soon because there was no established court to hold it in.

"It is entirely speculative when such mechanism could be established," he said. "But I think our immediate priority is to establish the record in such a persuasive way that the international community will not be able to ignore what that evidence reveals."

Elsewhere . . .

NICOSIA, Cyprus _ U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke conceded defeat Monday in his effort to restart talks on reunifying Cyprus, saying Turkish Cypriots' unacceptable demands made a "meaningful exchange" impossible.

KABUL, Afghanistan _ U.N.-sponsored peace talks seen as the best chance to end decades of fighting in Afghanistan have broken down.

ASHKELON, Israel _ A parole request by Mordechai Vanunu _ jailed 12 years ago for giving away Israel's nuclear secrets _ was rejected Monday because Israel claimed he still posed a danger to state security.

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