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  August 12, 1994 Volume 2, #150                   / /\__/_/\
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A sign of the times. Students in the Springfield, Ga. area will be returning to school empty-handed. The county school board is paying more than $110,000 to buy two sets of books for each student. One set will be left at home, the other in school. The two-book policy has two purposes: students will no longer have an excuse about forgetting their books, and, it will make book bags a thing of the past. As a result, school officials say, the school will be safer, because without book bags, students won't be able to bring drugs or anything else to school that could cause a problem.

Argentina's Flips Once More

By Roger Wilkison (Rio de Janeiro)

Argentina says it will not expel Iran's ambassador although his country has been implicated in the bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires last month. At least 95 people were killed. Argentine officials appear to be softening their tone toward Iran in an attempt to avoid a confrontation. The first sign of backing away came from Foreign Minister Guido di Tella.

In an interview with the Buenos Aires newspaper "Pagina Doce," di Tella indicated that Argentina does not assume Iran was behind the attack. No, he said, the bombing was probably staged by someone who had Iranian backing but acted independently.

Israel has said that the blast was the work of Hizbullah, a pro-Iranian terrorist group based in southern Lebanon.

Di Tella's right-hand man, Deputy Foreign Minister Fernando Petrella, told a Buenos Aires radio station Thursday that Iran has promised to cooperate with the investigation into the bombing, the second attack on a Jewish target in Argentina in the past two years. Petrella also disclosed that Argentina has no plans for the time being to expel Iranian Ambassador Hadi Soleimanpour.

On Wednesday, President Carlos Menem said the least he expected was the removal or expulsion of the ambassador. But Menem left the decision on the envoy's fate to the Foreign Ministry.

The investigating magistrate in charge of the case, Juan Jose Galeano, ordered the arrest of four former members of Iran's embassy in Buenos Aires. He also told three current employees of the mission to be available for questioning.

Iran said the four former staff members had not been in Argentina for at least nine months. It called the judge's charges baseless and discourteous. It also accused Israel and the United States of pressuring Argentina into blaming the Iranian officials.

Galeano based the charges against the Iranians on the testimony of a mysterious Iranian defector who calls himself Manoucher Moatamer. The judge, who questioned the defector in Venezuela, identified him as a former Iranian government official. But Iran says he was a shopkeeper. Buenos Aires news media are calling him an informant for the US Central Intelligence Agency.

The Buenos Aires newspaper "La Nacion" said Thursday that Argentina has gathered much evidence but little proof of official Iranian involvement in the bombing.

Iran Pressures Argentina

By Laurie Kassman (Cairo)

Iran is angry about Argentina's accusations against four Iranians named as suspects in the bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires.

The official Iranian news agency quotes the Foreign Ministry official as saying the United States and Israel are behind what he called Argentina's baseless accusations. The official says the two countries are pressing Argentina to blame Iran for the terrorist act. Iran denies any link to the bombing.

But Argentina has issued international arrest warrants for four Iranian diplomats suspected of involvement in the bombing.

Tehran Radio says the Foreign Ministry is demanding that Argentina furnish evidence to back up the charges.

The Argentine charge d'affaires in Tehran has been called to the Foreign Ministry twice. The protest note handed to him contends that the four Iranian diplomats sought by Argentina have not been in the Latin American country for at least a year. Iran identified one of the suspects as a member of parliament who visited Argentina last December.

King Hussein's Nephew Visits Israel

King Hussein's nephew, Prince Talal Hussein, the son of Crown Prince Hassan, visited Israel Tuesday. The prince, who according to the report is involved in economic development in Jordan, visited the Mediterranean port city of Ashdod to examine the possibility of using the port for Jordanian imports and exports.

According to Yediot Ahronot, Israel will allow Jordan to sell about $30 million worth of goods in the West Bank for the remainder of this year. Israel and Jordan agreed to develop joint tourist packages which include four days in Israel and four days in Jordan. The newspaper adds that Jordanian tourist agents will arrive in Israel next week to meet with their Israeli colleagues. Israel Radio reported that the United States Senate decided to forgive $220 million of Jordan's debt to the U.S.

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