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There are 20 messages totalling 1088 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. Tehran Saturday Newspaper Headlines
2. Eritrea-Ethiopia Eritrea Skeptical about IRAN'S Me
3. Ethiopia Calls for Iran's Efforts to Help Solve Di
4. Kharrazi Discusses Kosovo Crisis With Counterparts
5. Egypt to Host Meeting of Islamic G-8
6. Egyptian Paper Calls on NATO to Use Ground Troops
7. Arab Nations Divided on Kosovo
8. NAM Attempts to Evolve a Common Stand on NATO Stri
9. Sharon Says Israel Should Identify With Serbia
10. Anti-U.S. Demonstration in Nicosia
11. US Sanctions Russia Firms Over Syria Weapons Deals
12. Russia Condemns U.S. Sanctions Over Syria Arms
13. Belgrade in Flames after NATO Attack
14. U.S. Denies its Planes Hit Iraqi Residential Areas
15. Iran Beat Canada in Spokane 99 Wrestling Tournamen
16. Iranian Wrestlers Beat German Rivals
17. 'Iran Day' Festival Receives Warm Welcome in Tokyo
18. Over 75 Elimite Inscriptions Translated
19. Thunderbolt Leaves Two Dead, Nine Injured
20. Hardline Iran Daily Slams Ex-Empress Greetings

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Date: Sat, 3 Apr 1999 21:16:16 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Tehran Saturday Newspaper Headlines

Tehran Saturday Newspaper Headlines
===================================

thr 003
headlines-press
saturday morning's newspaper headlines
tehran, april 3, irna -- the following headlines appeared in
tehran's newspapers this morning:
tehran times:
-text of leader's message to this year's hajj
-iran launches all-out efforts to defuse kosovo crisis
-khatami's trip to paris put off as france disregards islamic
values
-oil exporters unanimously decide to cut 2.1 million barrels a
day
-russian fm, yemeni deputy pm to visit iran
-norouz festivities end as sizdeh-be-dar ceremonies observed
kayhan international:
-rafsanjani condemns serbs, u.s. arrogance
-leader, president felicitated on islamic republic anniversary
-iran, the only country to defend islamic rules - velayati
-russian influence can ease pressure on kosovo muslims
-iran's ambassador: no restrictions in tehran-baku ties
-kharrazi, counterparts, laraki discuss kosovo crisis
hamshahri:
-nato air attacks on military targets in yugoslavia intensify
-khatami: iran does not tolerate violation of muslims' rights in
balkan, kosovo
-rafsanjani warns against yugoslav crisis
-oil price reaches its highest level in past ten months
-spokesman of french fm voices willingness of paris to host
president khatami
jomhuri eslami:
-leader: 1378, year of imam khomeini
-leader: the u.s. under the name of freedom is trying to sow
discord among nations
-ayatollah khamenei calls on officials to solve existing problems
-president expresses hope that new year will be year of unity
-khatami urges muslim leaders to prevent massacre of muslims
in kosovo
-price of iranian oil increases to dlrs 13 per barrel
-rafsanjani warns against nato's hegemonic policies
kar va kargar:
-president: i am encouraged by the country's economic, humane
potentials
-leader: 1378, year of late imam khomeini (ra)
-rafsanjani: if islamic government had not been established in
iran, the status of country would be worse than that of afghanistan
-french parliamentary delegation to arrive in tehran this week
-hojatoleslam kadivar is waiting for his trial
salam:
-iranian nation starts year 1378 with the name of late imam
khomeini
-president calls on youths to recognize their religious,
national identity
-report on status of oil price at international markets
-president khatami's visit to france postponed
abrar:
-leader calls on government to settle existing problems
-increase in oil price continues
-china to purchase 15 percent of iran's petrochemical products
-president: government to present plans to settle administrative
affairs during 3rd development plan
-amnesty international voices concern over torture of
palestinians, lebanese by zionist forces
iran:
-homeless kosovars flee from serbian attacks
-increase in oil prices
-leader calls for friendship, unity among people
-russian senior officials stress expan
ies with iran
-rafsanjani warns against kosovo crisis
kayhan:
- supreme leader of revolution expects unity, kindness and
efforts from people to solve economic problems in new year designated
as year of late imam khomeini
- supreme leader of revolution visits graves of martyrs at
shalamche region on noruz eve
- nato expansionism policy, serbian crimes have resulted in
exodus of thousands of kosovar refugees
- iran's crude oil price reaches dlrs. 13.5 per barrel at
european markets
- paris's inattention to islamic values, cause of postponement of
president's visit to france
ettela'at:
- supreme leader of revolution: popular government can pursue
its responsibilities in an atmosphere of amity
- president: positive changes in oil prices can leave good
effects on economy, life of people
- leader: people regarded as cornerstone of islamic republic
- iran underlines importance of population control
- supreme leader of revolution calls this year as year of late
imam khomeini
resalat:
- supreme leader of revolution calls new iranian year as year of
late imam khomeini
mm/rr
end
::irna 03/04/99 17:01

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Date: Sat, 3 Apr 1999 21:16:22 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Eritrea-Ethiopia Eritrea Skeptical about IRAN'S Me

Eritrea-Ethiopia Eritrea Skeptical about IRAN'S Mediation Offer
===============================================================


Africa News Service
03-APR-99

DAKAR, Senegal (PANA, 04/02/99) - Eritrea has reacted cautiously
to reports that Iran has offered to mediate in its border
conflict with Ethiopia, the Eritrean News Agency reported
Friday.

It quoted a report by the Iran News Agency, which said Ethiopia
has called on Tehran to help mediate an end to the border
conflict.

The report said the Speaker of the Ethiopian Parliament, Dewit
Yohannes, made the request Monday during a meeting with the
Iranian ambassador to Ethiopia, Hoseyn Rajabi.

But an Eritrean official reacted skeptically to the news, saying
"for the past few weeks, Ethiopia has been blocking
implementation of the OAU peace plan because of its new
preconditions and it has been hostile to many initiatives from
mutual friends."

"It's hard to decipher where this new posture is coming from.
Only a few weeks ago, this very politician (Dewit) was in France
talking about the need to pursue the war even after Eritrea's
acceptance of the plan," the agency quoted a foreign ministry
spokesperson in Asmara as saying.

"Of course, Eritrea has always wanted to pursue peaceful avenues
and that remains the case but this is rather curious. Perhaps
Ethiopia is drumming up support for something else or looking
for more contributions to its war machine," the spokesperson
added.

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Date: Sat, 3 Apr 1999 21:16:40 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Ethiopia Calls for Iran's Efforts to Help Solve Di

Ethiopia Calls for Iran's Efforts to Help Solve Dispute with Eritrea
====================================================================


thr 012
ethiopia-iran (corrected)
ethiopia calls for iran's efforts to help solve dispute with eritrea
tehran, april 3, irna -- the speaker of ethiopian council of people's
representatives dawit yohanes last week called for iran's efforts at
the international arena to help resolve the crisis between addis ababa
and asmara.
the ethiopian official made the remarks in a meeting with the
iranian ambassador to addis ababa hussein rajabi.
in the meeting, yohanes deplored the double-standard of big
powers in dealing with global issues such as the crisis between
ethipia and eritrea.
ethiopia and eritrea have had a border dispute for a long time
which has resulted in deaths and injury of hundreds of people from
both sides.
he said the ethiopia is for further expansion and deepening of
mutual relations with iran, taking in to consideration the
commonalties between the two countries.
the iranian ambassador in reply referred to tehran's stance with
regards to the current crisis between ethiopia and eritrea and
expressed his support for a peace plan off
expressed his support for a peace plan offered by the united nations
and the organization of african unity.
mm/rr
end
::irna 03/04/99 13:03

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Date: Sat, 3 Apr 1999 21:16:46 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Kharrazi Discusses Kosovo Crisis With Counterparts

Kharrazi Discusses Kosovo Crisis With Counterparts Over Phone
=============================================================


thr 038
malaysia-senegal-kharrazi
kharrazi discusses kosovo crisis with counterparts over phone
tehran, april 3, irna -- foreign minister kamal kharrazi and his
malaysian and senegalese counterparts in separate talks over
telephone on friday night expressed concern over situation of
muslim albanians in kosovo.
they called for settlement of kosovo crisis through political
means by muslim countries' contact group.
foreign ministerial meeting of muslim countries' contact group,
headed by kharrazi, is to be held in geneva on wednesday to
discuss latest developments in kosovo and the ongoing crisis in the
balkans.
bg/rr
end
::irna 03/04/99 18:29

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Date: Sat, 3 Apr 1999 21:16:56 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Egypt to Host Meeting of Islamic G-8

Egypt to Host Meeting of Islamic G-8
====================================

thr 015
egypt-g8
egypt to host meeting of islamic g-8
athens, april 3, irna -- cairo is to host a meeting of experts of the
group of eight largest muslim countries (g-8) next tuesday, egyptian
paper al-shaab reported.
the arab paper quoted qasim al-masri, egyptian deputy foreign
minister for international relations, saying that the two-day meeting
will discuss the study on the creation of an international trade
company.
he said that along with experts from g-8, experts from the islamic
development bank, from the geneva-based international trade centre and
the international islamic company for trade in bahrain will take part
in the meeting.
the g-8 in its last meeting in bangladesh invited saudi arabia to
join the islamic economic bloc.
the group includes iran, egypt, turkey, pakistan, malaysia,
indonesia, nigeria and bangladesh.
egypt now holds the rotating chairmanship of g-8. the third summit
of the group is expected to be held in cairo in 2001.
nk/ks
end
::irna 03/04/99 13:42

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Date: Sat, 3 Apr 1999 21:17:06 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Egyptian Paper Calls on NATO to Use Ground Troops

Egyptian Paper Calls on NATO to Use Ground Troops Against Serbia
================================================================


thr 010
kosovo-egyptian press
egyptian paper calls on nato to use ground troops against serbia
athens, april 3, irna -- egyptian state-run paper al-ahram is calling
on nato to deploy ground troops to save the kosovar muslims from
genocide.
''nato officials should also reconsider their statements on
excluding the introduction of ground forces to stop the genocide of
muslim albanians,'' said the english-language al-ahram weekly in its
editorial.
the paper said that the u.s. policy of deploying dozens of
advanced aircraft to conduct thousands of sorties against 100 or more
targets, implemented to the disastrous effect in iraq, is not going
to work in yugoslavia where the conflict is far more complicated and
could spread to several neighboring countries.
''war criminals like milosevic will not be deterred by simple
threats, they need to see action on the ground. this action must be
carried out swiftly and immediately. otherwise, by the time nato
decides its next move, nothing will remain of the kosovars except
memories,'' the paper concluded. nk/ks
end
::irna 03/04/99 12:39

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Date: Sat, 3 Apr 1999 21:17:32 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Arab Nations Divided on Kosovo

Arab Nations Divided on Kosovo
==============================


By Susan Sevareid
Associated Press Writer
Saturday, April 3, 1999; 1:10 a.m. EST

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Conflicting political views have left
Middle Eastern nations without a clear, unified message on
Kosovo -- no matter how uneasy some may be about the plight of
Muslim ethnic Albanians in the chaotic Yugoslav province.
For many, it has proven tricky to wholeheartedly support NATO
actions even though they are intended to help fellow Muslims.

Arab leaders long have been wary of the methods NATO is using in
Yugoslavia -- a military pounding without a U.N. role intended
to force a sovereign nation to swallow a plan it has rejected.

Libya and Iraq, which have been on the receiving end of U.S.
bombing rahave been on the receiving end of U.S.
bombing raids, were quick to condemn NATO. Washington even
suspects the Iraqis have provided Serb leaders with tactical
information about U.S. warplanes.

Other Middle Eastern governments, however, have said little, and
that has proven frustrating to some of their citizens.

``Our Muslim brothers are getting killed at the hands of the
Serbs, but unfortunately Arab governments have shown little
public support to them in order not to anger imperialist
powers,'' said Jihad Attallah, a 29-year-old shopkeeper at an
Amman, Jordan, toy store.

Jordan's government has perhaps made the strongest gestures in
support of the Kosovo Albanians. It recalled its envoy to
Yugoslavia, sent aid for the Kosovar refugees and condemned Serb
attacks on civilians. Egypt, too, has offered humanitarian aid.

Top Lebanese officials, said to be distracted by budget matters,
have not commented on the strikes, now in their second week.
Persian Gulf nations that have stood with the Americans in
recent years have been relatively supportive, but have expressed
doubts.

Even Iran, which positions itself as the beacon of Islam around
the world, has reacted carefully.

Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi spoke by telephone
earlier this week with officials of the 52-nation Organization
of the Islamic conference.

Iran's official Islamic Republic News Agency reported Friday
that all sides ``expressed deep regret over the human
catastrophe and the tyranny on Kosovar Muslims.'' However, it
quoted Kharrazi as also saying that ``NATO's military operation
lacks any permission on the side of the Security Council, and
the NATO atthe side of the Security Council, and
the NATO attacks have failed to prevent spread of the crisis.''

The United Arab Emirates, and private organizations in the
oil-rich Gulf nation, were collecting donations for Kosovo's
ethnic Albanian refugees. But for all the support in the
Emirates, there is an equal amount of concern.

``Trouble in Kosovo? Repeat Dayton,'' S. Nihal Singh, editor of
the Emirates' English-language Khaleej Times, wrote in an
editorial hearkening to the Bosnian war. ``Disregard such minor
differences as the launching of military attacks on an
independent nation without U.N. authorization. Give the
Europeans the feeling of being involved ... and point a gun at
the Serbs to force them to agree.''

In Lebanon, neither the Christian president nor the Muslim prime
minister have spoken out on Kosovo. A report by Beirut's
conservative an-Nahar newspaper said Thursday that Lebanon is
monitoring other Arab reactions before it announces its stance.

That sort of approach doesn't sit well with Hussam Khalifeh, a
Beirut banker who described the events in Yugoslavia as
shameful.

``And what's more shameful,'' he said, ``is that Arabs have not
even mobilized diplomatic efforts to protect the Muslims,
letting the Americans have a free hand in a Yugoslavia.''


Copyright 1999 The Associated Press

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Date: Sat, 3 Apr 1999 21:18:06 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: NAM Attempts to Evolve a Common Stand on NATO Stri

NAM Attempts to Evolve a Common Stand on NATO Strikes
=====================================================


thr 002 thr 002 thr 002

india--kosovo-nam
nam attempts to evolve a common stand on nato strikes
new delhi, april 3, irna -- the non-aligned countries are making a
serous attempt to evolve a common stand on the situation arising from
the nato attacks on yugoslavia.
representatives of the non-aligned movement (nam) countries are
engaged in new york to reach a consensus on the nato strike.
an attempt is being made by the nam to draft a resolution striking
a balance between the views of those in nam who feel strongly about
he treatment of ethnic albanians in kosovo by the serbian authorities
and those who are deeply concerned over the arbitrary, unauthorized
and illegal action by the nato.
muslim countries in the nam are more concerned over the plight of
osovo muslims while india and many others have serious concern over
the nato unilateral strike by-passing the united nations.
india, it seems, is in dilemma that how to strike a balance over
he kosovo crisis by ensuring the prevention of human rights violation
f muslims in kosovo as well as an end to the unilateral and illegal
strike by the nato. rike by the nato.

new delhi has appreciated diplomatic efforts by the russian prime
minister yevgeny primakov to halt the bombings and find a yevgeny
primakov to halt the bombings and find a political
solution to the crisis.
ind/ks
end
::irna 03/04/99 09:13

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Date: Sat, 3 Apr 1999 21:18:20 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Sharon Says Israel Should Identify With Serbia

Sharon Says Israel Should Identify With Serbia
==============================================


thr 023
israel-serbia-sh aron
sharon says israel should identify with serbia
athens, april 3, irna -- zionist foreign minister ariel sharon has
openly criticized the nato bombing of serbia, saying he fears the
zionist state will be ''the next victim of nato aggression,'' said a
despatch from al-qods.
according to israeli sources, sharon, a notorious war criminal who
engineered the slaughter of thousands of palestinian refugees in
lebanon in the summer of 1982, expressed his opposition to the bombing
of serbian targets, saying ''this is not a wise approach to resolving
conflicts.''
earlier this week sharon met with eu ambassadors to israel to
brief them on the closure of three offices affiliated with the
palestine authority in east al-qods (jerusalem).
during the meeting, the italian ambassador reportedly asked sharon
''how israel would react if the pa appealed to international community
for help in case of an israeli-palestinian showdown.''
sharon reportedly told the ambassador ''i hope your question will
remain hypothetical, because israel would never give in.''
sharon also opined that the europeans dragged the united states to
a terrible action, which he said israel should learn from.
ka/nk/rr
end
::irna 03/04/99 16:00

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Date: Sat, 3 Apr 1999 21:18:30 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Anti-U.S. Demonstration in Nicosia

Anti-U.S. Demonstration in Nicosia
==================================


thr 034
cyrpus-u.s.-protest
anti-u.s. demonstration in nicosia
athens, april 3, irna -- hundreds of cypriots and serbs gathered
outside the american embassy in nicosia saturday to protest nato
strikes against yugoslavia.
the demonstrators, chanting slogans such as ''the balkans are
here'' and ''greece and serbia-alliance'', threw eggs and tomatos at
the embassy building and burnt american flags and a picture of u.s.
secretary of state, madeleine albright, cyprus news agency cna
reported.
in a related development, thousands of people, cypriots, yugoslavs
and kurds, attended today an all-party rally of solidarity to the
people of yugoslavia, held at the central eleftheria square in
nicosia, and demanded an end to nato bombings.
the demonstrators chanted slogans like ''european union and
nato-murderers' syndicate'', ''down with the new order of death'' and
''no facilitation of the imperialists''.
the president of the cypriot parliament, spyros kyprianou,
speaking at the rally called for the restoration of the credibility
of the un and europe and wondered who gave the americans the right to
act as global police.
''we are not anti-american, or anti-british, anti-french or
anti-german. we are for the rights of our people and those of all the
peoples in the world,'' he stressed.
kyprianou described the new order as ''strange'' and stressed that
''if the credibility of the un and europe is not restored then europe
will not be able to survive on economic cooperation alone but should
base its existence on justice and morality.''
nk/rr
end
::irna 03/04/99 18:11

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Date: Sat, 3 Apr 1999 21:18:44 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: US Sanctions Russia Firms Over Syria Weapons Deals

US Sanctions Russia Firms Over Syria Weapons Deals
==================================================


01:44 a.m. Apr 03, 1999 Eastern
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Friday it was
slapping sanctions on three Russian firms for supplying
anti-tank weapons to Syria, which Washington accuses of
sponsoring terrorism.

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright determined that the
Russian government was involved in the weapons transfer but
waived sanctions in that instance, thus preserving $90 million
in U.S. aid to Moscow that otherwise would have been
jeopardized, State Department spokesman James Rubin said.

``In accordance with the law, the secretary has determined that
Russia has transferred lethal military equipment, specifically
anti-tank guided missiles, to Syria. She has decided to sanction
the three Russian firms directly involved,'' he told reporters.

Rubin identified the three firms facing sanctions as the Tula
Design Bureau, Volsky Mechanical Plant and Tzniitochmash.

He did not explain why Albright chose to exempt the government
from penalties, saying only that such determination was in the
``national interest.''

But the decision may have been influenced by what Rubin said was
the Clinton administration goal of ``to the extent possible ...
trying to wall-off the disagreement on Kosovo and continue to
work on other matters.''

A campaign of NATO airstrikes against Yugoslavia over its
province of Kosovo has created serious tensions between Moscow
and Washington.

Rubin said the penalties will remain in place until one year
after the weapons transfers have ceased or until the secretary
of state determines a waiver would be in U.S. interests.

Moscow was informed of the U.S. decision Thursday through
diplomatic channels. Russian officials have argued that they
consider Syria like any other country and thus have a right to
sell arms to it.

The administration warned Russia in February that it could lose
aid if it pursued the anti-tank weapons deal with Syria.

A month earlier, the United States imposed sanctions on three
Russian institutes for helping Iran, which Washington accuses of
sponsoring terrorism and of trying to acquire nuclear and other
weapons of mass destruction.
Albright spoke to Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov Thursday
about the Kosovo crisis but the Syrian weapons case did not come
up, Rubin said.
He described the conversation as ``good,'' adding: ``We continue
to disagree with the Russians about the wisdom of the use of
force, but they both agreed about the importance of seeing our
relationship as more than just a question of Kosovo.''
In that regard, Rubin cited this week's agreement in principle
on major issues being negotiated among the United States, Europe
and Russia as part of the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty
(CFE).

``Despite the strained international situation, the CFE decision
by us and the Russians demonstrates that we are still able to
work cooperatively with Russia,'' he said.

Russia has denounced the allied use of force in Kosovo in the
strongest terms and halted cooperation with the United States
and NATO in many areas.

Friday, Moscow dispatched a reconnaissance ship in a gesture of
solidarity with Belgrade, which shares Slavic and orthodox
traditions with the Serbs.

In the telephone call with Ivanov, Albright ``made very clear we
think it would be a grave mistake for the Russians to move from
sympathy in their body politic to a situation where they were
assisting the Yugoslavs in any military way,'' Rubin said.

``And as far as Ivanov and other indicators indicate, they have
not done so,'' he added.


Copyright 1999 Reuters Limited.

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Date: Sat, 3 Apr 1999 21:19:02 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Russia Condemns U.S. Sanctions Over Syria Arms

Russia Condemns U.S. Sanctions Over Syria Arms
==============================================

05:08 a.m. Apr 03, 1999 Eastern
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev
Saturday condemned a U.S. decision to slap sanctions against
three Russian firms for supplying anti-tank weapons to Syria,
Russian news agencies reported.

``I condemn the introduction of such sanctions,'' Itar-Tass news
agency quoted Sergeyev as saying. ``They are groundless.

State Department spokesman James Rubin said Friday that
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright had determined that the
Russian government was involved in the weapons transfer, but
waived sanctions on that front, thus preserving $90 million in
U.S. aid to Moscow which otherwise would have been put in
jeopardy.
``In accordance with the law, the secretary has determined that
Russia has transferred lethal military equipment, specifically
anti-tank guided missiles, to Syria. She has decided to sanction
the three Russian firms directly involved,'' he told reporters.

Washington accuses Syria of sponsoring terrorism.

Rubin identified the three firms facing sanctions as the Tula
Design Bureau, Volsky Mechanical Plant and Tzniitochmash.

The new sanctions come at a time when NATO air strikes against
Yugoslavia over its province of Kosovo has created serious
tensions between Moscow and Washington.

Earlier this year, the United States imposed sanctions on three
Russian institutes for helping Iran, which Washington accuses of
sponsoring terrorism and of trying to acquire nuclear anding terrorism
and of trying to acquire nuclear andnd of trying to acquire nuclear and
other
weapons of mass destruction.


Copyright 1999 Reuters Limited.

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Date: Sat, 3 Apr 1999 21:19:40 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Belgrade in Flames after NATO Attack

Belgrade in Flames after NATO Attack
====================================


UPI
03-APR-99

Serb TV immediately aired pictures of the aftermath of a cruise
missile attack showing intense flames coming from the Serbian
Interior Ministry and Federal Ministry of Interior Affairs in
downtown Belgrade.e

The Pentagon confirmed Friday night that NATO attacked downtown
Belgrade at 1:00 a.m. local time today (6:00 p.m. EST Friday).
Officials said at least seven cruise missiles, very precise
weapons, were launched from three U.S. ships in the Adriatic
Sea.

NATO spokesman Arild Isegg said of the Yugoslav special police
headquarters, known as the Serbian Interior Ministry, ``That
kind of target is included in our target lists.''

The special police are said to be at the forefront of the
ongoing ethnic cleansing campaign in Kosovo.

NATO spokesman Jamie Shea described the buildings as the
``brain'' behind the Serb special police.

NATO spokesman Air Commodore David Wilby said NATO's bombing of
ammunition and fuel depots is beginning to bear fruit, with at
least one Yugoslav unit now immobilized and awaiting fuel.

Wilby also said allied forces are continuing to strike bridges
in Yugoslavia, impeding the mobility and resupplying of Yugoslav
troops. Wilby said that although these targets are civilian,
their importance to the military has made them a high priority
for NATO. ``We are at war with a regime and apparatus...(engaged
in) terror and ethnic cleansing, '' not the Serb people, he
said.
At a White House briefing Friday, Clinton said he wanted ``some
sort of international force'' to protect Kosovo's ethnic
Albanians, calling it consistent with the underlying
``framework'' of the agreement proposed at the Kosovo peace
talks in France.

In a possible shift from his steadfast demands that Milosevic
accept NATO peacekeepers in Kosovo, Clinton said of the ethnic
Albanians now being forced to flee their homes in Kosovo,
``There will have to be some sort of security arrangement in
order for them to live safely, and then there will have to be
some sort of agreement that entails the autonomy to which they
are entitled.''

Clinton added, ``It seems to me that will require clearly, for
some period of time, some sort of international force that will
be able to protect their security.

U.S. and European officials, speaking on condition of anonymity,
said NATO has begun discussing different options for
peacekeeping in Kosovo if Milosevic meets its conditions for
ending the air attacks: Stopping his ethnic cleansing offensive
against Kosovar Albanians, withdrawing his troops and resuming
negotiations.
The idea of broadening the force to include the Russians,
Belgrade's traditional Slavic ally, and forming it under the
United Nations rather than NATO has drawn support from some of
Clinton's advisers.

The U.S. and European officials said such a plan would mollify
the Russians while allowing Milosevic to climb down from his
blanket rejection of a NATO peacekeeping force.

Should Milosevic continue to stand defiant in the face of
increasingly punishing strikes, they say the allies may send a
force into Kosovo under hostile conditions and erect some type
of safe haven for thions and erect some type
of safe haven for the ethnic Albanians. State Department
spokesman James Rubin said the Clinton administration was
studying those proposals, but no new policy decisions have been
reached.

Clinton said he does not believe that Moscow's opposition to the
NATO military action will lead to a conflict with Russia. He
acknowledged, however, that the Kosovo crisis ``has put great
strains on the domestic politics of Russia,'' calling it ``one
of the unfortunate side effects of the whole crisis.''

The Russian reconnaissance ship Liman steamed out of the
southern Russia port of Sevastopol destined for the Adriatic as
Russian officials denied claims the ship would provide Belgrade
with intelligence on NATO action.

Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said today the purpose of
the deployment was to ``assess the situation in the Balkans.''

But NATO is concerned by the deployment. Ivanov sought to
reassure U. S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright late
Wednesday, speaking by telephone to tell her the ship was being
sent to shore up Russia's own security.

Russia has vigorously opposed the NATO airstrikes, but so far
Russian President Boris Yeltsin has insisted Russia will not
allow itself to be drawn into a direct military clash with the
West over Kosovo.

In Washington, President Clinton again sought to downplay any
threat from Moscow, saying, ``I don't think anyone wants to see
this conflict escalate, and I certainly don't believe the
Russian government does.''

The president also reiterated his demands for Belgrade to treat
fairly the three U.S. soldiers seized near the
Serbian-Macedonian border, saying ``there was no basis'' for
their capture or detention, and declaring they had the ``status
of POWs'' and were therefore ``entitled to all the protections''
given prisoners of war. Clinton also protested their public
display ``in violation of the Geneva Convention.''

The United States is demanding that international human rights
monitors be allowed to visit the soldiers in Yugoslavia and that
they be treated as official prisoners of war.

Yugoslavia does not consider 24-year-old Staff Sgt. Andrew
Ramirez, a cavalry scout from Los Angeles, 25-year-old Staff
Sgt. Christopher Stone, a cavalry scout from Smiths Creek,
Mich., and 21-year-old Spec. Steven M. Gonzales, 21, a cavalry
scout from Huntsville, Texas, POWs, and may charge them with
``waging aggression,'' a charge that carries a 15-year prison
sentence.

Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said today: ``The Geneva Convention
is very clear: they will not be tried or punished for carrying
out their military functions.''

Yugoslav Foreign Minister Zivadin Jovanovic, appearing on CNN's
``Larry King Live'' today said the three prisoners ``are safe.''

Earlier today, the heads of 15 international relief
organizations met with Clinton and voiced their support for the
NATO bombing despite the massive refugee crisis it has sparked.

After the meeting, Clinton said he and the NATO allies remain
committed to returning the Kosovars to their homes and promised
to speed funds and equipment to the relief effort. ``We want to
help them in any way we can,'' he said.

Shea said Friday the Kosovo crisis was ``no longer an internal
Yugoslav crisis,'' but one that is affecting the whole region,
and ``with far-reaching consequences.''

He said many refugees have died in lines waiting to cross the
border and spoke of ``refugees being herded into buses, trucks,
and trains,'' at very sucks,
and trains,'' at very short notice, citing families with no
possessions, women in slippers, or children with no shoes or
socks.

For his part, Clinton, who had appeared before reporters to
provide an update on the Kosovo crisis, said about a third of
the 2.2 million residents of Kosovo have now fled their homes,
but he said many of them have nevertheless been expressing their
support for the NATO bombing campaign.

Relief workers estimate almost a quarter million of Kosovo's
ethnic Albanians have been driven from their homes and into
neighboring countries in the past two weeks.

As many as 186,000 have streamed into Albania and roughly 86,000
have crossed into Macedonia, with 55,000 in Montenegro and
17,500 in Bosnia- Herzegovina, said Lt. Gen. Mike McDuffie, the
Pentagon's Joint Staff director of logistics, who is
coordinating the U.S. military's relief efforts. _-

Copyright 1999 by United Press International.

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Date: Sat, 3 Apr 1999 21:19:54 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: U.S. Denies its Planes Hit Iraqi Residential Areas

U.S. Denies its Planes Hit Iraqi Residential Areas
==================================================


April 2, 1999
Web posted at: 8:19 a.m. EST (1319 GMT)


BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- The Iraqi government said U.S. and allied
aircraft bombed a residential area in Iraq's southern "no-fly"
zone Friday, wounding two people, but U.S. military officials
denied the report.

Iraqi officials said the planes targeted "residential
facilities" in southern Iraq from bases in Saudi Arabia and
Kuwait.

"The aggressive planes flew over regions of Se
lman, Semawa,
Deyawaniya, Najaf and Qarna and struck at residential areas in
the area of Afak in the province of Qadisiyya," an Iraqi air
defense spokesman told the Iraqi News Agency. "The aggressive
strikes led to the destruction of two homes and wounded two
citizens."

The Iraqi spokesman said the attacking planes were driven off by
anti-aircraft missiles. But a U.S. military spokesman denied the
INA report.


"That doesn't agree at all with the information that we have,
which is we are flying today and all is quiet," Capt. Michael
Shavers, a U.S. military spokesman in Saudi Arabia, told CNN.

It was the first report of military action over Iraq in nearly
two weeks.

The no-fly zones were set up over northern and southern Iraq in
the aftermath of the 1991 Persian Gulf war. U.S. and British
aircraft patrol them to protect Iraq's Kurdish minority in the
north and Shiite Muslims in the south.

Iraq announced in December that it would no longer recognize the
no-fly zones and began targeting allied aircraft after a
four-day allied bombing campaign. Coalition aircraft have
responded by attacking anti-aircraft sites in what was a
near-daily routine before the onset of NATO airstrikes on
Yugoslavia.

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Date: Sat, 3 Apr 1999 21:20:36 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Iran Beat Canada in Spokane 99 Wrestling Tournamen

Iran Beat Canada in Spokane 99 Wrestling Tournament
===================================================

thr 001
thr 001




iran-u.s.-wrestling
iran beat canada in spokane 99 wrestling tournament
spokane, washington, april 3, irna -- the iranian wrestlers beat
their canadian rivals 22 to 7 in the second stage of the spokane 99
world cup free-style wrestling tournament on friday.
the iranian athletes won their canadian rivals in six categories
but lost in two.
the spokane tournament is highly important as it provides an
opportunity for the participating teams to evaluate their potentials
in the light of the forthcoming sydney 2000 olympics and ankara
international wrestling contests.
in the next stage, the iranian wrestlers will face their
german rivals while the u.s. and canadian teams will compete against
cuba.
in the first round of the competitions u.s. athletes beat their
german rivals by gaining 20 scores on friday.
ns/ks
end
::irna 03/04/99 09:07

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Date: Sat, 3 Apr 1999 21:20:56 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Iranian Wrestlers Beat German Rivals

Iranian Wrestlers Beat German Rivals
====================================


thr 028
sports-wrestling
iran
iran
iranian wrestlers beat german rivals
spokane, washington, april 3, irna -- two iranian wrestlers
overpowered their german rivals on the first day of the spokane 99
world cup free-style wrestling tournament, underway in spokane,
washington, since april 2.
ali-reza heydari beat his german rival four to zero and ali-reza
dabir beat his german adversary seven to zero, in the 97 kg and 58 kg
categories respectively.
besides iran and the host country, teams from canada, germany and
cuba have taken part in the tournament.
the iranian team had earlier won its canadian rival 22 to seven in
the first stage of the contest. the iranian athletes had defeated
their canadian rivals in six categories but lost in two.
bg/rr
end
::irna 03/04/99 16:55

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Date: Sat, 3 Apr 1999 21:21:10 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: 'Iran Day' Festival Receives Warm Welcome in Tokyo

'Iran Day' Festival Receives Warm Welcome in Tokyo
================================================


thr 016
iran-japan-festival
'iran day' festival receives warm welcome in tokyo
tokyo, april 3, irna -- the 'iran day' festival which was opened in
the japanese capital, tokyo, has been enthusiastically received by
both japanese people and iranians residing in japan.
the festival is the third being held in tokyo with the aim to
further introduce iranian-islamic culture to the japanese people.
the live performance of traditional iranian music as well as
iranian handicrafts, including hand-woven carpet, and native costumes
have largely attracted the visitors.
offering iranian cuisine and screening films on iranian tourist
sightseeing are among other attractions of the festival.
meanwhile, iranian ambassador to tokyo manuchehr mottaki said
that during the three-day festival tourist visa will be issued for
applicants within two hours.
the ambassador said that there is a growing tendency among
japanese people to visit iran, adding that for this same reason the
festival has been warmly received.
ns/ks
end
::irna 03/04/99 13:43

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Date: Sat, 3 Apr 1999 21:21:24 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Over 75 Elimite Inscriptions Translated

Over 75 Elimite Inscriptions Translated
=======================================


thr 020
cultural heritage-inscriptions
over 75 elimite inscriptions translated
tehran, april 3, irna -- over half of 150 elimite inscriptions which
have been collected at the inscriptions hall of the national museum
of iran have been translated so far.
the hall displays inscriptions bearing non-iranian languages and
handwritings including akkadian, elamite and babylonian.
the inscriptions have been unearthed in shush, chaghazanbil and
some other parts in south and southwest iran.
according to an expert with the cultural heritage organization,
90 percent of the inscriptions date back to 1250 to 1100 b.c. and a
few to 1800 to 1500 b.c.
the inscriptions bear texts relating to monarchical affairs
in which reconstruction of a building or presentation of a temple are
mentioned.
parts of the inscriptions had been read by french archaeologists
previously and been published.
so far a number of inscriptions on student's homework dating back
to about three thousand years ago as well as inscriptions concerning
wages of workers who built persepolis have been read and translated.
according to the inscriptions, women in ancient iran enjoyed equal
rights with men and supervised some groups of workers engaged in
building persepolis.
ys/rr
end
::irna 03/04/99 14:42

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Date: Sat, 3 Apr 1999 21:21:32 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Thunderbolt Leaves Two Dead, Nine Injured

Thunderbolt Leaves Two Dead, Nine Injured
=========================================


thr 033
thunderbolt-killing
thunderbolt leaves two dead, nine injured
sanandaj, kordestan prov., april 2, irna -- two people were killed
and nine others injured when a thunderbolt hit a garden house in
hashmiz village in this western province thursday.
head of the provincial headquarters for unprecedented incidents
said here saturday that due to the critical burns five of the injured
were hospitalized.
hashmiz village is located 60 kms west of sanandaj.
sd/rr
end
::irna 03/04/99 18:06

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Date: Sat, 3 Apr 1999 22:14:08 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Hardline Iran Daily Slams Ex-Empress Greetings

Hardline Iran Daily Slams Ex-Empress Greetings
==============================================

Reuters
03-APR-99

TEHRAN, April 3 (Reuters) - An Iranian newspaper published on
Saturday part of a New Year message by the country's former
empress. But thpress. But the landmark move provoked the immediate ire
of a
conservative daily.

The new year greeting by former empress Farah Diba was the first
time she has been quoted in Iran since the 1979 Islamic
Revolution that toppled her late husband the Shah.

"(Ex-Empress) Farah Diba has sent a new-year message
f Iran. The text was sent to the newspaper by fax,"
wrote the moderate paper Zan, run by Faezeh Hashemi, daughter of
former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

"In the coming third millennium, our ancient Iran will begin a
new glorious period by efforts of its worthy children," it
quoted the ex-empress as saying.

But the hardline Kayhan newspaper denounced Zan for doing so.

"The paper quoted the message of the corrupt and thieving wife
of the criminal Shah as if she were a world-famous humanitarian
figure," it said.

Iran's press has enjoyed more freedom since the 1997 election of
President Mohammad Khatami. Now however, reformist newspapers
are coming under growing attack from religious conservatives who
accuse them of abusing the new atmosphere of tolerance.

Farah Diba and the late Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi left the
country with their family as the 1979 revolution unfolded. The
Shah die. The
Shah died in Egypt the following year and his widow settled in
the United States where she has lived ever since.

The Iranian new year, Nowrouz, began on March 21 and newspapers
were closed for two weeks. Zan's Saturday edition was the first
since the holidays began.


Copyright 1999 Reuters Limited.

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