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August 17, 1996
Web posted at: 3:15 p.m. EDT (1915 GMT)

Sudan calls U.N. demand impossible

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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 over."

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.

icon Sudanese ambassador to the U.N. Elsatih Mohamed Erwa (315 K AIFF or WAV sound)

Cosmonauts, first French woman astronaut, head for Mir

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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.

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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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