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KHMER ROUGE ALLOWS REFUGEE ACCESS

In a potential breakthrough, Khmer Rouge guerrillas in Cambodia have agreed to allow United Nations officials and police into two guerrilla zones to care for thousands of refugees to be repatriated from Thailand, UN officials said. Defying a peace accord it signed, the Khmer Rouge has refused to disarm and generally prevented UN peacekeepers from entering the 15 percent of Cambodia it controls. German farmers rally

About 40,000 farmers staged a protest Dec. 8 in Bonn against an agricultural-trade compromise between the United States and the European Community thought to favor benefits for German industry over farming. Bombs planted on trucks

Bombs were found planted on seven trucks bringing UN relief to Kurds in northern Iraq, Iraqi Kurds said Dec. 8. The Kurds, representatives of groups opposed to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, said the bombs were part of a renewed attempt by the Iraqi government to sabotage relief efforts. Japan anticipates blame

Foreign Minister Michio Watanabe said Dec. 8 that he fears Japan will be blamed for not doing enough to help the US-led operation to feed Somalia. It was the first official sign that Japan is worried it will be targeted once again as not carrying its share of the global burden. During the Gulf war, Japan faced global criticism for contributing only cash, but no personnel, to the alliance against Iraq. A law enacted earlier this year allows Japanese troops to be used for UN peacekeeping operations as long

as a cease-fire is in place, a condition that is not met in Somalia. Marcos off to Hong Kong

Imelda Marcos left Manila Dec. 8 for Hong Kong for what her staff said would be discussions on the transfer of $356 million in Swiss bank deposits. A day earlier, the Philippine anti-graft court gave Mrs. Marcos 20 days to travel abroad to meet her late husband's trustees and foreign lawyers about transferring the money to Philippine banks. Mrs. Marcos faces 46 criminal and civil suits in the anti-graft court in connection with corruption charges stemming from the 20-year rule of her husband, Ferdinand, who died in exile in Hawaii in 1989. EC to meet in Scotland

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