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LP Iraq, UN agree to extension of relief operation
TX Iraq and the United Nations agreed Sunday to a six-month extension of UN relief operations for victims of the gulf war and its aftermath, but they failed to break a deadlock over Iraqi oil sales to buy food and medication. The extension to a "memorandum of understanding" between * Baghdad and the world body was announced by Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, the UN official in charge of gulf relief efforts. Sadruddin said no breakthrough has been made in his talks with senior officials on Baghdad"s bitter refusal to accept UN Resolution 706, which would allow Iraq to export oil worth $1.6 billion to buy drugs and food. Thatcher honored: Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, under fire at home for arrogance and disloyalty, was showered with praise Monday in Kuwait, where her role in the gulf crisis has won her the reputation of a heroic savior. At a ceremony awarding her an honorary doctorate today, Kuwaitis vied to eulogize the politician, who played a leading part in rallying Western support for Kuwait after the Iraqi invasion. Moslems sentenced: Jordan has sentenced to death eight Moslem fundamentalists linked to bomb attacks, Amnesty International said today. A spokesman for the London-based human-rights group said the fundamentalists, sentenced Sunday, were members of a group calling itself the Prophet Mohammad"s Army. Jordan had tried 18 members of the clandestine group, detained in July in connection with car bomb attacks on civilians. Captive freed: Ian Richter, the British businessman released by Iraq after spending 5 1/2 years in a Baghdad prison, says he survived by running, studying and writing letters every day. Richter, who had been convicted of bribery after an hourlong trial, returned home Sunday. After Richter was freed Saturday, Britain released $125 million in frozen Iraqi assets to be used for humanitarian purposes and relief supplies. The government denied the assets were released as part of a deal to free Richter.
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