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News Briefs I

Fighting in Goma Airport Pushes Refugees Deeper into Zaire

Los Angeles Times
KIGALI, Rwanda

Tens of thousands of frightened refugees were on the move again Thursday in eastern Zaire after heavy fighting exploded around the airport in Goma, a key logistic and strategic city that appears to be the major target of the widening Central African war.

Roads and bridges north and south of the besieged city, the administrative and supply base for more than 1.1 million refugees, were also cut by bloody clashes between the beleaguered Zairean military and advancing ethnic Tutsi rebels who oppose the autocratic regime of Mobutu Sese Seko, Zaire's ruler.

Although the rebellion by Banyamulenge Tutsis ostensibly was launched to secure their citizenship and other rights in Zaire, the conflict has taken an ominous new turn by drawing in ethnic Hutu fighters who carried out the genocide of minority Tutsis here in neighboring Rwanda two years ago.

Soldiers from the former Rwandan government's defeated Hutu army and members of its extremist Hutu militias, who fled to Goma after slaughtering an estimated 800,000 Tutsis and their sympathizers inside Rwanda in 1994, joined the fighting Thursday beside Zairean troops, aid workers said.

Electromagnetic Fields Pose No Discernible Health Hazard

The Washington Post

The kinds of electromagnetic fields generated in and around the average American home by power lines and household appliances pose no discernible hazard to human health, a blue-ribbon scientific panel announced Thursday after three years of intensive study.

In releasing the results of the most extensive investigation of the issue to date, a committee of the National Research Council stated there is no "conclusive and consistent evidence" that ordinary exposure to electromagnetic fields in the home can "produce cancer, adverse neurobehavioral effects, or reproductive and developmental effects."

The long-awaited study was mandated by Congress in 1993 in response to growing public concern over reports linking such fields, called EMFs, with a legion of maladies, such as brain and breast cancer in electrical workers, miscarriages among computer-terminal users, and leukemia and behavioral problems in youth.

Dole to Campaign Round the Clock

The Washington Post

Vowing to "give it all I've got," Bob Dole Thursday pledged an "around-the-clock" battle for the White House during the remaining days of the campaign, promising to barnstorm the country virtually nonstop for 96 hours, beginning Friday and continuing until Election Day.

The man who launched his campaign for the presidency by describing it as "one last mission" for the World War II generation summoned up memories of his service in that war as he made his surprise announcement at a rally here at Florida International University.

"The last time I fought around the clock for my country was in Italy in 1945," Dole said, adding that over the four days he "will not rest until we have made my case to every worker, every family and every voter. I am determined to make every hour of this decisive election count. The stakes are high. Freedom is worth fighting for."

Waging an uphill battle against President Clinton, Dole said his "campaign-a-thon" would take him to every region of the country. "I want to shake up this race in the last few days," he said. "The polls are starting to close."

Spokesman Nelson Warfield said the candidate will campaign in up to 15 states, beginning in Ohio and Michigan on Friday.