Somali rebels seeking to overthrow President Mohamed Siad Barre appeared to relent Friday on their refusal to call a temporary cease-fire so foreigners can flee the embattled capital.
But officials of the insurgent United Somali Congress, which accuses the Somali president of corruption, said the rebels would not negotiate with Siad Barre and were preparing a heavy assault on his remaining strongholds.Abdirahem Mohammed, the group's secretary for social affairs, told The Associated Press in Rome that the rebels were ready to temporarily halt fighting to permit an evacuation from Mogadishu, the Somali capital.S. Korea gets some authority over U.S troops
SEOUL, South Korea (UPI) - South Korea and the United States signed a new agreement Friday governing American forces in the country that increases Seoul's jurisdiction over criminal offenses committed by soldiers.
Foreign Minister Lee Sang-ock and U.S. Ambassador Donald Gregg signed the new Status of Forces Agreement and said in a joint statement "the new documents will cultivate a more stable environment for the stationing of U.S. forces in Korea."
The new agreement recognizes South Korea's primary jurisdiction over criminal offenses while continuing to protect the basic rights of U.S. personnel, officials of the two sides said.
The pact will eliminate automatic waivers of South Korea's criminal jurisdiction over U.S. servicemen and jurisdictional decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis, the officials said.22,500 Colombians died violently in '90 BOGOTA, Colombia (UPI) - Nearly 22,500 Colombians died violently in 1990, more than half of them by firearms, and some 200 people have been killed since the start of 1991, crime experts said.
A report from the Center for Criminology Investigation said 60 people were killed every 24 hours last year, or 22,468 violent deaths, of which 16,315 were caused by firearms and 566 by explosions.
The report said since New Year's Day, some 200 people have been killed in guerrilla operations or common crimes, including 36 police, 12 soldiers, and 10 rebels.
The new year began with a wave of violence by rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, who declared war on the government in December after the army destroyed their main headquarters.`Girl cheerleader' guilty of impersonation
COLORADO SPRINGS (UPI) - A beefy 26-year-old man who posed as a girl to win a slot on a high school cheerleading squad pleaded guilty Thursday to criminal impersonation.
Charles Daugherty could be sentenced to up to two years in prison Feb. 4, but likely will be placed on probation on condition he undergoes mental health counseling, District Judge Richard Hall said.
Daugherty entered his guilty plea as part of a plea-bargain at the start of a preliminary hearing. In exchange for his plea, four counts of forging high school admission documents were dropped.
Daugherty called himself Cheyenn Weatherly, a 17-year-old junior class transfer from out of state, when he enrolled last September at Coronado High School.Bolivia raises fuel prices by 35%
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) - The government has increased fuel prices by 35 percent in response to higher world oil prices and in an effort to increase revenues for the treasury.
The price rise Thursday will result in higher transportation costs and is expected to spur demands by labor for higher salaries.
The Bolivian Workers' Confederation described the price hike as brutal and said it will mobilize its members to resist the increase.
The price for a gallon of gasoline rose from about $1.20 to $1.65. Also affected were prices for natural gas and kerosene, widely used for cooking. Bolivian workers earn an average of $80 a month.In other news . . . SEVENTEEN PEOPLE, including a 7-year-old, have been killed in a wave of violence in black areas around South Africa over the past day. . . . JAPAN'S FINANCE MINISTER, Ryutaro Hashimoto, will make a four-day official visit to China next week to put the final touches on a resumption of economic ties between the two countries.