- Saddam Hussein has answered President Bush's trip to the Saudi desert with his own morale-boosting mission to Iraqi troops in Kuwait, telling them he is ready to fight "the evil blasphemers" if attacked.

- Britain will send 14,000 more soldiers to the Persian Gulf and more combat aircraft, bringing the total number of British troops there to 30,000, Defense Minister Tom King said.- The State Department encouraged U.S. citizens to leave Sudan and authorized embassy dependents to exit the West African nation. Sudan has supported Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.

- Returning from a visit with U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia, Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, D-Maine, reiterated support for the president's policies in the Persian Gulf but said that any offensive military action would require prior congressional approval.

- The State Department contends it is "extremely risky" for Americans to visit hostage relatives in Iraq, but a member of a family delegation in Baghdad insists he and others were bring treated "almost like royalty."

- American teenagers in Germany have launched a "cover-up" mission for Persian Gulf soldiers yearning for reading material.

Using marking pens and an eye for what may offend Saudi sensibilities, the teens have been drawing over pictures of scantily clad people and advertisements for alcohol and tobacco products.

"The original plan was that they were just going to cut out the pictures, but after the first three magazines they had edited out, there was nothing left," said U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Bryan Stokstad, who organized the magazine drive.

- Iraq on Friday canceled a night curfew in Kuwait to convey that Kuwait is calmer now, but it also began calling army reservists in their 30s to join troops facing multinational forces in the Persian Gulf.

A Defense Department communique broadcast on Baghdad radio did not say how many reservists fell into the age group specified - those born from 1958-60 - but it would include battle-hardened veterans of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war.