- Allied missiles have slammed into a Baghdad bomb shelter, killing 500 civilians, Iraq says. The United States says the site was a bunker used as a military command center.

- Soviet diplomatic efforts to end the gulf war pick up with the announcement of plans for Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz to meet in Moscow with President Mikhail S. Gorbachev Sunday.- German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher says that Syria is ready to recognize Israel's right to exist as part of a postwar order in the Middle East.

- Each morning, Iraqi deserters show up at allied border posts in increasing numbers. Each night, the anti-aircraft fire from Iraqi forces is less coordinated. After four weeks of intense, day-and-night bombing, there are subtle signs of cracks in the Iraqi military's resolve.

- Secretary of State James A. Baker III is asking Western European countries to help offset Israel's defense costs as the Bush administration considers a boost in U.S. aid.

The Deseret News is offering for sale a War in the Gulf map to help readers follow developments in the Mideast. The multicolored map is available at Deseret News offices for $5 or by mail for $6. See Page A6.