Even Iraq has April Fool's Day.

An Iraqi newspaper owned by President Saddam Hussein's son, Odai, raised hopes Wednesday for an end to U.N. sanctions on page one - but dashed them on page two.A brief article, made prominent by a red-inked headline, quoted President Clinton as saying that "it was time for lifting the sanctions."

The article in the Babil newspaper, which continued into the inside page, ended by saying the report on the front page was "only an April Fool's joke. It is the beginning of spring. Many happy returns."

U.N. sanctions imposed after Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990 have caused widespread civilian suffering. The U.N. says it will not lift the sanctions until Iraq has eliminated its weapons of mass destruction.