News In Brief
The government of President Corazon Aquino rejected communist rebel demands yesterday but said it still hoped for a meeting of minds in peace talks to start Jan. 6. Presidential spokesman Teodoro Benigno said rebel demands for an ultimate share of power, the closing of US military bases in the Philippines, a rewriting of the new constitution, and a merging of armed forces were all non-negotiable issues. Each item represents a major demand by the rebels, who for the first time in their 17-year insurgency in the Philippine countryside are observing a cease-fire.
Uruguay OKs amnesty for human rights violators
The Uruguayan Chamber of Deputies overwhelmingly approved an amnesty yesterday for soldiers accused of human rights violations during the 1973-85 military rule. The vote came after a brawl-marred all-night debate. The Senate approved the amnesty Sunday, and the House's vote averted a showdown between the powerful armed forces and the elected government of President Julio Mar'ia Sanguinetti. During its 12 years in power, the military jailed tens of thousands of people and tortured many of them as part of a crackdown on the left.
Israeli censors permit reports of Vanunu kidnap
Former nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu flashed a message on the palm of his hand while being taken to court Sunday, and yesterday the military censor allowed journalists to disclose that it said he had been kidnapped in Rome. The message he relayed Sunday was the first word from Mr. Vanunu, who has been held incommunicado since being brought to Israel in October to await trial on charges of espionage.
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