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Sen. Howell Heflin reached into his pocket for a handkerchief. It was a totally unremarkable act--except that the Alabama senator pulled from his pocket not the white handkerchief that he expected, but a pair of his wife's white underpants. His explanation: "Because her panties are white I mistakenly picked them up while rushing out the door to go to work. Rather than take a chance of being embarrassed again, I'm going to start buying colored handkerchiefs."

Mubarak-Rabin Meet in Sinai

By Laurie Kassman (Taba)

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin met for about an hour Sunday in the Egyptian Gulf of Eilat (Aqaba) resort of Taba to discuss the Mideast peace process. The Egyptian leader expects a breakthrough in the Syrian-Israeli negotiations that could lead to results before the end of the year.

Mubarak says he detects a change in Syrian attitudes toward making peace with Israel. The Egyptian leader met with Syrian President Hafez al-Assad last week. He says there are still requirements that must be met but did not explain what they are.

Mubarak expresses hopes of a breakthrough when US Secretary of State Warren Christopher resumes his shuttle diplomacy between Syria and Israel next week.

After his hour long chat with Mubarak, Rabin expressed optimism too but he refused to be more specific. I am not a prophet, just a prime minister. The Israeli leader says he is still looking for a clear signal from Syria that it is committed to peace.

Syria is demanding a full Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights. Israel has talked about a partial pullout and wants to see a Syrian commitment to normalized relations first.

Israel Sees Eventual Syrian Breakthrough

By Art Chimes (Jerusalem)

Just days after the historic meeting between Jordan's King Hussein and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, a top Israeli official says he sees a hint of progress with another of Israel's Arab neighbors. But no one is predicting a quick breakthrough.

Foreign Minister Shimon Peres told Israel Radio Syria is very interested in continuing the peace process. Peres said he has detected what he called a "softening" in Syria's position. But the Israeli official said there is no sign of an immediate breakthrough.

The main dispute centers on the Golan Heights, the strategic high ground Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 war. Israel says any giveback must be in stages, with security guarantees. Syria wants the Golan back on a faster timetable, if not immediately. The two nations also differ on where the ultimate border should be drawn.

The Syrian-Israeli dispute has moved to center stage following the Israel-Jordan rapprochement, and the earlier agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

Who Blew up the Buenos Aires Building?

By Roger Wilkison (Rio de Janeiro)

Representatives of the Jewish community are asking the Argentine government to be more forthright in providing information on the status of the inquiry into the recent bombing of Jewish offices in which at least 95 people died. The head of Argentina's federal police has confirmed that three men are under detention on suspicion of involvement in the attack.

Ruben Beraja, the head of the Coalition of Argentine Jewish Organization whose offices were destroyed by the blast July 18th, called on the government Friday to speak with one voice when referring to the investigation into the bombing. He told a Buenos Aires radio station (Radio Mitre) that contradictory statements by officials are sowing confusion among the public.

Beraja was referring to conflicting remarks earlier by Interior Minister Carlos Ruckauf, who said that police know nearly everything about the crime, and Foreign Minister Guido di Tella, who said things are not at all clear.

Also speaking out was Israeli Ambassador Isaac Aviran, who urged the Argentine government to provide answers to the questions about the attack that he said are being asked not only by Jews but by the entire international community.

One answer came late Thursday when federal Police Chief Adrian Pelacchi confirmed that three Argentine men have been detained on suspicion of involvement in the crime. Relacchi told reporters that the investigation is now centered on the purchase and use of the minivan police say was used as a car bomb in the attack on the Jewish organization's headquarters.

Argentine news media quote investigators as saying that they are closing in on the individuals who prepared the car bomb. The reports also say most investigators believe a single terrorist drove the car into the building and committed suicide in the process.

Argentina Asks U.N. for Help

By Elaine Johanson (United Nations)

Argentina's Foreign Minister, Guido di Tello, has proposed the creation of an international mechanism to combat terrorism -- similar to the one that tracks illegal drug traffic. The foreign minister briefed the United Nations Security Council Friday following bombing attacks against Jewish targets in Buenos Aires and in London.

The Argentine foreign minister suggested in the Security Council that the international community should fight terrorism as vigorously as it does illegal drugs. He said the United Nations should set up a special unit -- not to replace national efforts but to coordinate the tracking of terrorists worldwide.

The foreign minister also recommended changes in the rules on diplomatic immunity. At the same time, the Argentine official stressed his government had no hard evidence that diplomats were involved in the recent bombing of a Jewish Center in Buenos Aires.

However, Israel has charged involvement by Iran -- despite official denials by the Iranian government. Israel says the bombings in Argentina followed by similar attacks in London this month were carried out by Islamic fundamentalists determined to destroy the Middle East peace process.

Israel's UN Ambassador Gad Yaacobi says the terrorist plan will not work: "Israel is fully committed to the continuation of the peace process and will not give a hand to any interruption of the peace process by those fanatic terrorist activities that are aiming to undermine the peace process between Israel and its Arab neighbors."

The Security Council issued a statement condemning the bombings and stressed the need to strengthen international cooperation against terrorism.

Holocaust Museum Secures Building

By Lauri Neff (Washington)

Israeli diplomatic missions in Washington and New York City are on alert after learning of a possible threat against them. The actions
follow attacks against Israeli and Jewish targets in Europe and South America.

Israel's Ambassador to the United States, Itamar Rabinovitch, says security was increased after Israeli officials received a warning from US officials.
"There was a specific warning that was passed on to us by the American authorities concerning a potential attack against this embassy or against the Israeli Consulate General in New York. Now, we take it very seriously."

Concrete barriers and sandbags have been set up around the Israeli Consulate in New York. Concrete barriers also have gone up around the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. Museum officials say it is their policy not to discuss security measures, but take what a spokesman calls "prudent steps."

Such security measures are not evident at the Israel Embassy. Rabinovitch says that in each city, Israeli and local authorities decide what security measures are appropriate for each site. He says the museum and the consulate -- located in busy, downtown areas -- may feel they need more visible protection than the embassy which is in a diplomatic, well-guarded area in Washington.

Rabinovitch says Israeli diplomatic workers have gone over security routines and drills. And he says the mission is watching for car bombs -- which were used in recent attacks against Israeli and Jewish targets in London and Buenos Aires. "We've always protected the building from the outside as well. I think we are more sensitive to movements of cars in the neighborhood of the building in view of these recent warnings."

Despite the security alert, the ambassador says embassy staff is not, in his words "besieged or beleaguered." He says Israeli diplomats have become used to living under the threat of terrorism and that for them, life goes on as usual.

Israeli Hospital In Goma Zaire, Expanded

Israel's field hospital sent to Goma, Zaire to aid Rwanda's refugees has been enlarged. At the request of the Red Cross, Israeli doctors began operating on the refugees. Previously the Israeli team was only involved in providing non-surgical aid to the refugees which saved the lives of more than 300 people.

Neo-Nazis Detained in Buchenwald Attack

By Evans Hays (Bonn)

German authorities say they have detained 19 people in connection with the anti-Jewish attack against a memorial at the former Nazi death camp of Buchenwald.

The latest arrests follow criticism of the police for not keeping more people in jail following the gang attack at the Buchenwald memorial. Police had originally identified 22 suspects, but detained only one of them. The others were not originally charged with crimes. The suspects now detained are accused of disturbing the peace.

The suspects went on a rampage that included throwing stones, shouting pro-Nazi slogans, and in the case of one suspect, threatening to set a memorial worker on fire.

Jewish leaders and others have often said police and justice authorities do not show the same zeal in arresting and prosecuting right-wing extremists as they have when going against left-wing activists.

However, the Israeli Embassy in Bonn says it is satisfied with security precautions Germany has taken in the wake of anti-Israeli terrorist attacks elsewhere in the world. A spokesman for the embassy in Bonn says German authorities are doing everything necessary to guard against anti-Jewish attacks like those that have occurred in other countries recently.

Former Hizbullah Chief Believes Arad is Dead

By Peyman Pejman (Cairo)

A Muslim fundamentalist leader in Lebanon says it is almost certain that an Israeli airman captured in Lebanon eight years ago is dead.

A former leader of the fundamentalist Hizbullah organization in Lebanon, Sheikh Sobhi Tofeily, told Lebanon's French-language newspaper L'Orient le Jour that he is convinced Israeli airman Ron Arad is dead.

The Israeli air force navigator was shot down over south Lebanon in 1986. He was captured by Hizbullah gunmen. Of seven Israeli servicemen captured in Lebanon, he was thought to be the only one who might possibly still be alive.

But in his interview, Tofeily, who was secretary-general of Hizbullah until 1992, said both Syria and Iran investigated the case to learn the fate of Arad.

He said agents from both countries "tried hard at one certain time" to locate the missing airman. He did not specify when "the certain time" was. He said the two governments failed in their task.

Warsaw Uprising Against Nazis Celebrated

By Jolyon Naegele (Warsaw)

Poland is marking the 50th anniversary of the Warsaw uprising against Nazi German occupation. The ceremonies are attracting veterans of the uprising as well as the presidents of Poland and Germany, the British prime minister and US Vice President Al Gore.

Fifty years ago, Nazi-occupied Poland's poorly armed home army launched an uprising to liberate Warsaw and install a non-communist Polish government before the arrival of the approaching Red Army.

After 63 days of fierce fighting in the streets and sewers of Warsaw as Soviet forces watched impassively from across the Vistula River, 15,000 surviving Polish insurgents surrendered to the Germans. A further 18,000 insurgents were already dead as were 17,000 German troops.

Civilian casualties were greatest: 180,000 killed, and the survivors deported to concentration camps or to forced labor in Germany. Ninety-four percent of Warsaw's historic monuments were destroyed.

When the Red Army finally liberated the Polish capital a few months later, there were only about 800 people still living amid the rubble of a city that had been home to one million inhabitants.

Uprising Commander General Tadeusz Bor-Komorowski survived German imprisonment and settled in Britain. His remains were returned to a free and independent Poland last week and reburied with full military honors during the weekend.

PLO Bans Arabic Magazine Published in Jerusalem

By Patricia Golan (Jerusalem)

A close advisor to Jordan's King Hussein has announced he is closing down his weekly Arabic-language magazine published in Jerusalem. This follows the banning by the Palestinian Autonomous Authority of the magazine and another pro-Jordanian newspaper. The move reflects tensions between the PLO and Jordan over the future of Jerusalem.

On Thursday Palestinian policemen seized copies of the daily An-Nahar slated for distribution in the Gaza Strip. An-Nahar and the monthly Akhbar al-Balad, are written and published in Arab East Jerusalem. The editorial policy of both publications favors Jordan and has been critical of PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat.

No reason was given for banning the papers' distribution in the Gaza Strip and Jericho. But tensions between the Palestinian self-rule authority and Jordan have risen since Israel granted a special role for King Hussein over Muslim holy places in Jerusalem.

Palestinian Security Chief Jibril Rajoub claims the banning does not violate freedom of speech. He says it is unacceptable for any country to use newspapers to spread propaganda in another country.

Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip worry the move may be an attempt by the Palestinian authority to crack down on freedom of speech. The banning has drawn a protest from Hanan Ashrawi, who heads a Palestinian Civil Rights Commission. She calls the move a clear violation of the freedom of the press.

Kool-aid repels birds

The town of Rowe, Mass. Has been annoyed by a lot of geese ... And there may be a surprising solution: grape Kool-Aid. When Kool-Aid powder is mixed with water and sweetener, it's popular among humans. But researchers have found the grape flavoring works as a bird repellent. Scientists report birds react to it the way some humans react to hot chili peppers. The makers of Kool-Aid's grape flavoring say they've been given preliminary approval by the government to use it to keep birds away.

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