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The Los Angeles suburb of Rolling Hills may be the only place in the nation where people can't even smoke in their own backyards. The 2,000 person area is about to start enforcing a 1978 ban. Smoking is banned in all outdoor places...even behind the wheel of a car. Anyone caught lighting up faces a $1,000 fine and six months in jail. The law is based on a county code that forbids smoking in areas vulnerable to forest fires.

Carlos the Jackal Caught; Thought to Have Been Involved in Massacre

of Israelis at Munich Olympics

By Sonja Pace (Paris)

French authorities have arrested one of the world's most wanted terrorists -- a man linked to numerous notorious terrorist acts over the past 20 years. France's interior minister confirmed that Illich Ramirez Sanchez, better known as "Carlos, the Jackal," was handed over to French authorities in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, and then brought to France where he is to stand trial for a long list of crimes.

Interior Minister Charles Pasqua told a news conference here that the terrorist known as Carlos was arrested in Khartoum Sunday morning and extradited to France. He said French intelligence agents had been tracking the master-terrorist for years, but it was only early this year that they received reliable information that he had gone to Sudan under a false passport.

The list of accusations against the Venezuelan-born Carlos is long. He is wanted in connection with numerous bombings and killings in France, other parts of Europe and the Middle East in the 1970s and early 1980s. In 1992, a French court sentenced him in absentia to life imprisonment for killing two French counter-intelligence agents during a raid on a Paris apartment 17 years earlier. The agents had been investigating attacks on Israel's El Al Airlines at Paris' Orly Airport. Carlos is also wanted in connection with a 1974 attack on a Paris drugstore; the deaths of three people when OPEC oil ministers were taken hostage in Vienna in 1975; the deaths of 10 others in two separate bombings in France in 1982 and '83. Carlos is also believed to have been involved in the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre in which 11 Israeli athletes were killed.

Sudanese authorities said Carlos was arrested with a group of people suspected of plotting attacks against foreign targets in Sudan. Carlos was one of the world's most notorious terrorists for hire and eluded capture for two decades.

Sudan has long been accused of harboring terrorists, an accusation the leadership rejects. Sudan is on the US State Department's black list as a terrorist-sponsoring nation.

The State Department has applauded the capture of accused terrorist, Carlos, and his extradition to France. There are no American charges pending against Carlos but the United States has welcomed his capture in Sudan and his extradition to France to face charges of terrorism.

State Department spokesman Michael McCurry says the capture of Carlos serves notice to all terrorists that their crimes will not go unpunished. While the spokesman notes Sudan's role in this one case, McCurry says more actions are needed to take Sudan off the American list of countries supporting terrorism.

German Judges 'Resign' Because of Health

By Evans Hays (Bonn)

Two German judges who sparked a storm of controversy for the light sentence they imposed during the trial of a right-wing extremist leader have been removed from their positions for reasons of health.

A superior court in Mannheim has announced that two lower court judges are being replaced on health grounds. The two judges sparked nationwide outrage last week when it was revealed they had imposed only a suspended jail term and a small fine on Guenter Deckert for denying that the Nazi Holocaust ever took place.

Such a denial, called the "Auschwitz lie," is a crime in Germany and prosecutors had demanded a two-year jail term.

In their ruling, the judges said the defendant was an intelligent man for whom denying the Holocaust was "a matter of the heart."

One of the judges involved in the ruling later apologized for what he termed the unfortunate wording of the decision. Judge Wolfgang Mueller said his court had not meant to condone the views expressed by the defendant. A third judge involved in the ruling was not a target of any criticism.

Palestinians Chided for Not Doing Enough

By Art Chimes (Jerusalem)

Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin has criticized the Palestinians for not doing enough to prevent attacks on Israeli targets. Meanwhile, Palestinian authorities in the Gaza Strip have begun rounding up suspected members of the extremist Islamic group Hamas, which has claimed responsibility for recent attacks on Israeli targets.

Rabin conceded it is not possible for the Palestinians to prevent all attacks. But he said Palestinian authorities have not made a serious effort so far to rein-in the militants who are opposed to the peace process.

Rabin's comments came during a visit to the Gaza Strip, and he spoke near the site where on Sunday one Israeli was killed and several others were wounded in an attack claimed by Hamas.

Palestinian security forces have begun rounding up suspected Hamas members in the Gaza Strip. Arab sources say up to 30 activists have been arrested, including several described as top Hamas leaders.

Hamas is opposed to the peace process, and has claimed responsibility for several recent attacks against Israeli targets. The Palestinian Authority condemned the actions of Hamas as "irresponsible," saying it would take steps to maintain security, and Information Minister Yasser Abed Rabbo says there are plans to confiscate illegal weapons.

The security situation has prompted Israel to cancel plans to open the safe passage corridor between the two Palestinian-ruled zones, the Gaza Strip and Jericho. Israel and the Palestinians agreed on the safe passage arrangement to allow travel through Israeli-controlled territory for Palestinians who do not otherwise have authorization to be in Israel.

Amid the setbacks, there are also some positive developments in the peace process. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have resumed talks at the Israel-Gaza border on what they call "early empowerment" -- extending limited Palestinian jurisdiction in the West Bank. The agenda this session includes taxation and budget matters. And in a resort hotel on the Israeli side of the Dead Sea, Israel and Jordan continue talks on a border dispute and sharing water resources.

PLO Chairman YasIr
Arafat personally ordered the heads of the Palestinian police to act vigorously to prevent terrorist attacks by Hamas against Israelis in the self-rule areas. Arafat said that the attacks damage Palestinian national security and the peace process. The Palestinian Authority, meeting in special session, decided to increase security in the self-rule areas.

Rabin Spells Out Unresolved Issues in Israeli-Syrian Talks

Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said during Sunday's cabinet meeting that some "modest signals" are coming out of Damascus which show Syria's willingness for peace. The Prime Minister told reporters after the meeting, "I didn't sound optimistic, but we will step forward with Syria, it will take time and it will be hard and it won't happen tomorrow."

Rabin then enumerated four points which are still unresolved in the talks with Syria: the depth of Israel's withdrawal on the Golan Heights, a schedule for the withdrawal, linkage between the withdrawal and normalization and security arrangements.

Rabin: Israel Has No Contacts with Iraq

Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said that Israel does not have, and does not intend to have, any contacts with Iraq. Speaking to reporters, Rabin said that Israel has received no messages from Iraq and does not intend to open negotiations with Baghdad. Rabin added, "We will continue to support the embargo against Iraq...and we will stand together with the United States and other countries to bring Iraq to change its policies."

Jewish Judge Chosen to Head War Crimes Tribunal

Johannesburg--Nearly 50 years after the Nuremberg war trials, a Jewish judge from South Africa has been appointed to serve as chief prosecutor of the United Nations tribunal on war crimes in the former Yugoslavia.

But Judge Richard Goldstone, who has long played a leadership role in South Africa's Jewish community, feels that his Jewishness is irrelevant to his appointment.

Rather, he sees it as a reflection of the speed with which the world community is reaching out to South Africa in the wake of the country's first all race elections in April.

"My being Jewish does not affect my attitude and feelings toward the appointment," he said in a recent interview. "At the same time, the upholding of human rights is something I regard as crucially important."

Goldstone, who was named to the Balkan tribunal by the U.N. Security Council in early July, will head the first international war-crimes prosecution since the Nuremberg and Tokyo trials were convened after World War II.


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