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ROMANIAN COAL MINERS CELEBRATE PAY RAISES

Miners celebrated a deal Saturday for higher wage won from the Romanian government, but the accord does little to ease worries about the country's efforts at economic reform.

The accord ended five days of violence by striking workers who had been marching toward the capital, Bucharest, clashing with police and raising fears for Romania's fledgling democracy.

The miner's leader, Miron Cozma, returned to a hero's welcome Friday night in the coal-mining city of Petrosani, 150 miles northwest of Bucharest, after reaching the agreement with the government of Prime Minister Radu Vasile.

Desperate to end the violence that had injured about 190 people, the government agreed Friday to give miners a 35 percent raise and ensure that two money-losing mines remain open.

Turkish nationalists want 'Mulan' closed

ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) -- A Turkish nationalist party wants the Disney animated film "Mulan" off the screens, saying Saturday it unfairly shows Huns ina bad light.

"Mulan," the story of a Chinese woman warrior who disguises herself as a man, opened in theaters throughout the country this week.

"From start to finish, this animated film distorts and blackens the history of the Turks by showing the Huns as bad and the Chinese as peace-lovers," Nazif Okumus, a deputy head of the Nationalist Movement Party, told reporters.

Arafat, Clinton to meet in Washington Feb. 4

SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt (AP) -- Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will meet President Clinton Feb. 4 in Washington, the Palestinian planning minister said Saturday.

Nabil Shaath gave no details, but the meeting will probably focus on the implementation of the U.S.-brokered Wye River peace agreement, which has been stalled since December when Israel refused to proceed with a scheduled withdrawal of troops from the West Bank, alleging Palestinian violations of the agreement.

Religious strife rages in eastern Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Bloody religious fighting flared for a fifth day Saturday in eastern Indonesia, prompting foreigners to board evacuation flights and the local military commander to order his troops to shoot rioters on sight.

Police said 47 people have been killed since the violence between Christian and Muslim gangs erupted Tuesday. Many victims were stabbed, beaten or trapped in fires. Some were attacked with rocks, machetes, clubs and even bows and arrows.

Soaring inflation, unemployment and poverty rates have fanned social tensions ahead of general elections scheduled for June 7.

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