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PERRY SEEKS MORE BOSNIA AIRSTRIKES The United Nations and NATO remain at odds over the use of air power against Bosnian Serbs, the top UN official in Bosnia said yesterday. After a nearly three-hour meeting in Croatia with US Defense Secretary William Perry, Yasushi Akashi, the UN special representative in the region, indicated he did not agree totally with Mr. Perry's call for a more aggressive air campaign in the former Yugoslavia. Perry carried to the meeting an agreement from the 16 NATO defense ministers supporting immediate strikes without warning, when UN peacekeepers call for them. Mr. Akashi said the debate over the air-power issue will continue at the UN. Meanwhile, UN convoys began rolling through Serb-held territory in Bosnia yesterday, one day after they had been blocked despite a Serb agreement to let them pass. US lifts Sinn Fein ban

Vice President Al Gore Jr. told Irish nationalist leader Gerry Adams on the telephone yesterday that the ban on US official contacts with Sinn Fein, the political wing of the Irish Republican Army, was being lifted, a US official said.

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Mandela seeks dollars

South African President Nelson Mandela sought to reassure US investors that his country is a secure place for business. South Africa offers good roads, cheap electricity, and a motivated work force, Mr. Mandela told business leaders who gathered Sunday at Gracie Mansion, the official home of New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Mandela was scheduled to address the United Nations yesterday. Tomorrow, he will be in Washington. Viewing sunken ferry

Members of a three-country investigating commission gathered in Turku, Finland, yesterday to analyze videotape of the sunken ferry Estonia, which is expected to give clues to why the boat went down in the Baltic last week with hundreds of people aboard. With 15 hours of material to be analyzed, commission members said no pictures would be released yesterday.

US, North Korea talk

Experts from the United States and North Korea met yesterday in Geneva to try to clear up differences delaying a formal agreement on an international plan that would reshape Pyongyang's nuclear-power industry. In a statement issued over the weekend, the communist North fiercely repeated its refusal to accept a reactor from South Korea under the deal and accused Seoul of trying to wreck the discussions.

Honda stingiest on gas

After five years of finishing in the shadow of the Geo Metro, the Honda Civic is No. 1 - the stingiest gasoline burner among 1995 model cars, the Environmental Protection Agency said yesterday. The 1995 Honda Civic hatchback was rated at 56 miles per gallon on the highway and 47 m.p.g. in city driving, the best of nearly 900 cars and trucks tested.

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