- Rep. Wayne Owens, D-Utah, said he plans to sue President Bush next week to ensure he does not launch an offensive war in the Persian Gulf without permission from Congress.

Owens and 35 others - all liberal House Democrats - are seeking more co-plaintiffs while they put the final touches on a suit they plan to file Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.Led by Rep. Ron Dellums, D-Calif., the group seeks an injunction to prevent Bush from ordering offensive military action without prior congressional authorization. Owens said he believes Bush has shown in press conferences that he thinks he needs no such approval.

"We went through that in Vietnam," Owens said. "Vietnam disposed of the notion that the president should be trusted solely for foreign policy on military matters. We will not be bludgeoned into allowing Bush to have total leeway on whether to wage war."

- Seven peace campaigners headed for Iraq from London Friday to set up peace camps on the Saudi-Kuwaiti border to stand as voluntary human shields in the event of a U.S. attack.

- The shower of letters, packages and banners for the U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf region in Operation Desert Shield is totaling 70 tons every day.

- Supporters of Israel are increasingly anxious that the Bush administration has relegated its veteran ally to the sidelines of the Persian Gulf crisis to please its newfound Arab friends allied against Iraq.

- Soviet envoys pursued their diplomatic quests for Arab unity Friday in the Persian Gulf standoff but signalled they would urge immediate action if the United Nations authorizes force to remove Iraqi troops from Kuwait.

- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has asked the United States to postpone military action against Iraq for up to three months.

- U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III rejected Friday a Soviet envoy's suggestion that a solution to the Persian Gulf crisis be linked to Israel's occupation of land claimed by Palestinians.

- A nationwide survey by the Los Angeles Times showed that 53 percent of Americans were against a gulf war with Iraq, while only 38 percent were in favor. A narrow majority of men supported going to war, but women rejected the idea by a margin of two to one.