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ISRAELI POLICE TO JOIN HAITI FORCE A 30-member Israeli police delegation left yesterday to join a multinational force helping the United States monitor the restoration of democracy in Haiti. It is the first time Israel will have a contingent in an international force. The force's departure was delayed more than a week by an appeal to Israel's Supreme Court arguing that the government was not authorized to send police to a foreign country. The court ruled in the government's favor Tuesday, saying that the police were being sent for a diplomatic, not a military purpose. The Israelis, as part of a 24-nation United Nations force, will observe, monitor, and help train Haitian police, but are instructed to avoid involvement in any military action.

Court to rule on term limits

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The Supreme Court, set to decide whether states may impose term limits for members of Congress, will hear arguments in the case Nov. 29, it was announced yesterday.

The court is studying Arkansas' limit on how many times someone can run on the ballot for the US Congress. The Arkansas Supreme Court has barred the state from enforcing that amendment to its state constitution.

Cosmonauts dock with Mir

A Russian rocket docked with the space station Mir yesterday, carrying a three-member crew that includes a German scientist and a Russian engineer who hopes to set an endurance record for women in space.

Aboard the Soyuz were Ulf Merbold of the European Space Agency, engineer Yelena Kondakova, and commander Alexander Viktorenko.

Abortion law conviction

A former minister accused of killing an abortion doctor and an escort has been convicted in Pensacola, Fla., in the first trial using a new federal law guaranteeing access to abortion clinics. The jury deliberated just over two hours before finding Paul Hill - who represented himself - guilty of three counts of violating the new law and one firearms charge.

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American Express jobs

American Express Company, working to slim down so it can better compete in the credit-card market, plans to eliminate 6,000 jobs during the next two years. The company announced sweeping plans Wednesday to eliminate about 8.5 percent of its 71,000-person work force and shut several of its charge-card operations over the next two years.

Apparent mass suicide

Swiss Police were looking for two people yesterday for questioning in the mass murder-suicide of at least 48 members of a doomsday religious cult called the Order of the Solar Temple. Their bodies were found early Wednesday after fires destroyed three chalets and a farmhouse in two Swiss cantons. Police also suspected a link to two deaths in a house fire in Canada.

Citadel and women

Battling to keep women out of its cadet corps, The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., has offered to spend up to $5 million to subsidize their military training elsewhere. The offer is part of a plan that The Citadel and the state filed Wednesday with US District Judge C. Weston Houck, who declared the school's policy unconstitutional.

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