Wednesday, February 25, 1998

In Cairo, Arafat briefs Pres. Mubarak on PA plans for reenergizing the peace process now that the Iraq crisis has passed. (MENA 2/25)

After several days of stone throwing clashes btwn. Palestinians and soldiers, the IDF seals the entrance to Qalandiyya refugee camp in the West Bank. Palestinians continue to throw stones at troops, who fire live ammunition, tear gas. 1 Palestinian is severely beaten by soldiers, 5 are arrested. Tear gas enters a girls school nearby. (NYT, WP 2/26)

In Amman, Jordan, Iran hold talks on improving bilateral tourism. (IRNA 2/25 in WNC 3/3)

Jordan' State Security Court sentences 10 Jordanians with trying to smuggle weapons to the West Bank. (al-Dustur 2/26 in WNC 3/3)

Germany says it has uncovered new cases of illegal weapons exports to Libya, Syria. (ARD Television [Munich] 2/25 in WNC 3/3)

In Bogota, 4 fmr. IDF officers are among 6 persons indicted on charges of training Columbian paramilitary units of the Medellin drug cartel in terror tactics in the 1987+n89. (WP, WT 2/27)

An Israeli judge suggests that Samuel Sheinbein, an American who fled to Israel after allegedly murdering a teenager in Maryland and claimed Israeli citizenship to avoid extradition, voluntarily return to the U.S. to stand trial, serve time in Israeli jail if convicted. (WP 2/26) (see 10/19/97)