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August 17, 1996
Web posted at: 3:15 p.m. EDT (1915 GMT)
Sudan calls U.N. demand impossible
CAIRO, Egypt (CNN) -- A Sudanese diplomat said Saturday that
the U.N. Security Council was asking the impossible when it
demanded Sudan turn over three assassination suspects within
90 days. The council threatens to ban Sudanese planes from
all U.N. member states if Sudan does not comply.
Abdel-Azim Awad said the three men, suspected of
participating in an attempt on the life of Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak, "are not in Sudan, so we cannot hand them
Eleven men in all were believed involved in the June 1995
assassination attempt in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Five were
killed during or shortly after the attempt, and three are on
trial in Ethiopia.
Sudanese ambassador to the U.N. Elsatih Mohamed Erwa (315 K AIFF or WAV sound)
Cosmonauts, first French woman astronaut, head for Mir
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (CNN) -- A Soyuz rocket carrying two
cosmonauts and the first French woman astronaut took off
Saturday bound for the Russian space station Mir.
Claudie Andre-DeShays, a rheumatologist, will study the
effects of weightlessness on the human body while aboard Mir.
The spacecraft is scheduled to dock Monday.
Mexico mourns matador
MEXICO CITY (CNN) -- Manolo Martinez, famed bullfighter of
the 1960s and 1970s, died Friday in a California hospital of
heart and liver failure. He was 50.
Martinez, who holds most of Mexico's bullfighting records,
retired from the ring in 1982. He became a respected
cattleman, but did return to the ring from time to time
during the late 1980s.
Zimbabwe's president marries in Catholic ceremony
HARARE, Zimbabwe (CNN) -- Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe
and his former secretary Grace Marufu were married Saturday
in a Catholic wedding Mass.
Mugabe eschewed Christianity for more than two decades, and
married Marufu in a tribal ceremony in 1992. Mugabe's first
wife, Sally Hayfron, died in 1991, but Marufu had two
children by the president before Hayron's death.
A spokesman for Catholic Archbishop Patrick Chakaipa, who
performed the ceremony, said the diocese saw "no impediment"
to the nuptials.
Russian pilots escape from Afghanistan
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CNN) -- Seven Russian pilots and
air crew members, held captive by rebels in Afghanistan for
over a year, escaped Friday and flew their cargo plane safely
to the United Arab Emirates, officials said.
The pilots told their captors their plane needed
a maintenance check. While on board the aircraft, the pilots
took off and evaded pursuit. The crew overpowered three
guards on board the plane, and brought them along.
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