Russia Vows Full Control of Chechnya

GROZNY, Russia--As it pressed its offensive against Chechnya, Russia said yesterday it aims to take full control of the breakaway region, but Chechen leader Aslan Maskhadov said his forces are putting up resistance.

Russian troops have carved out an occupation zone in northern Chechnya and have bombed and shelled what Moscow says are Muslim rebel positions in other areas. "The troops will not stop--they will fulfill the task of liquidating armed groups and terrorist bands in the territory of Chechnya," the Russian Tass news agency quoted Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev as saying.

Yeltsin Holds Meetings Despite Flu

MOSCOW--Russian President Boris Yeltsin, recovering from the flu, met his chief of staff at the president's country residence to review conditions for next year's presidential election.

According to presidential spokesman Dmitri Yakushkin, Yeltsin was working at Rus, the presidential retreat 75 miles outside Moscow, the Interfax news agency said. Yakushkin said Yeltsin was still being treated for the flu, which caused him to spend the weekend in the hospital.


U.S. Planes Head to South Pole for Rescue

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand--After a 24-hour delay caused by bad weather, two U.S. military cargo planes departed for Antarctica today to rescue a doctor at the South Pole who has a lump in her breast.

Two Air National Guard Hercules LC-130 cargo planes set out for McMurdo base on the northern coast of Antarctica. The 1,975-mile flight was expected to take about eight hours, putting the planes into McMurdo at 1 a.m. today EDT.

Once in McMurdo, the planes must wait until the temperature at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station rises above minus 58 degrees before flying there to pick up Dr. Jerri Nielsen. That should happen within the next 10 days.

Nielsen, 44, is the only physician among 41 researchers at the base, which is run by the National Science Foundation. She discovered the lump earlier this year but could not be evacuated because of the harsh weather.

U.S. Envoy Discusses Massacre Probe

SEOUL--A high-ranking U.S. envoy traveled to Seoul to discuss investigations into allegations that American soldiers killed hundreds of civilians in the early days of the Korean War.

Assistant Secretary of State Stanley Roth planned to meet with Foreign Minister Hong Soon Young and Defense Minister Cho Seong Tae today. Washington and Seoul promised thorough inquiries into the allegations.

N. Korea Begins Satellite TV Broadcasts

SEOUL--North Korea has begun its first satellite TV broadcasts, opening a rare window for observing the isolated communist state.

The Korean Central TV broadcasts began Sunday, on the 54th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers Party of Korea, according to KCNA, North Korea's official foreign news outlet.

Falun Gong Members Arrested

BEIJING--Authorities in northeastern China arrested six key members of the banned meditation group Falun Gong and charged them with disturbing the social order and conducting illegal business, an official newspaper reported.

Beijing conducted a massive propaganda campaign against Falun Gong after it banned the popular group in July, condemning it as a threat to social stability and the control of the Communist Party. However, reports of arrests and punishment of leading members have been sketchy.


Israel to Re-Admit Palestinian Activist

JERUSALEM--Israel will allow a Palestinian militant responsible for deadly attacks on Israelis to return to the Palestinian areas now that he has expressed support for the peace process, Israeli army radio reported.

The security establishment has recommended that the leader of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Nayef Hawatmeh, be allowed to enter the self-rule areas, according to the report.

Achille Lauro Mastermind Gets Immunity

JERUSALEM--Israel's Supreme Court has ruled a former Palestinian guerrilla chief is immune from trial in Israel for the 1985 murder of a wheelchair-bound American aboard a hijacked cruise ship, officials said.

Once one of the world's most wanted men, Mohammed Abbas, masterminded the seizure of the Italian ship Achille Lauro by his Palestine Liberation Front. The hijackers shot dead U.S. citizen Leon Klinghoffer, 69, and threw his body overboard.


'Dr. Death' Wins Legal Victory in S. Africa

PRETORIA, South Africa--The man accused of running apartheid South Africa's chemical and biological weapons program won a legal victory when a judge dismissed charges that involve more than 200 deaths abroad by poison.

The ruling in Pretoria High Court, if it is not overturned, means that some of the most chilling details of the apartheid state's alleged murder techniques will not be heard during the trial of Dr. Wouter Basson, dubbed "Dr. Death" by the local media.


"This is a dreadful development."

-- Praful Bidwai, an Indian anti-nuclear activist, on the coup d'etat in Pakistan. --Page A21