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October 7, 1995
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Fidel Castro

Castro to attend United Nations anniversary

HAVANA, Cuba (CNN) -- Cuban President Fidel Castro will attend the 50th anniversary of the United Nations in New York this month, CNN has learned.

Pending visa approval, Castro will arrive in New York October 22 to address the United Nations, Cuban officials said. He is scheduled to remain in New York for three days.

Cuban officials in Washington have told CNN they do not expect any problem in obtaining the visa. Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole has expressed opposition to allowing Castro to enter the United States.

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Volcano erupts in eastern Russia

KAMCHATKA PENINSULA, Russia (CNN) -- A volcano erupted Friday in far east Russia on the Kamtchatka Peninsula. Kliuchevskoi, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, blew ash into the air as high as 5 miles. Because the ash is drifting towards the Pacific Ocean, officials said, it poses no immediate threat to residents. The Interfax News Agency reported that the ash may interfere with international flights.

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Japanese cult spokesman arrested

TOKYO (CNN) -- Japanese police on Friday arrested the acting leader of the Supreme Truth cult, the religious sect alleged to have carried out the March nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway. The attack claimed 12 lives and sickened 5,000 others.

Fumihiro Joyu was taken into custody for giving false testimony in a land deal. He has led the cult since the arrest of the founder Shoko Asahara, who goes on trial this month on charges related to the nerve gas attack.

A man at the scene of Juyo's arrest was also taken in by police after he fired several shots into the crowd. The shots were later determined to be blanks.

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Israel plans release of prisoners

JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Israeli officials said they will release roughly 1,200 Palestinian prisoners next week, but detain four female inmates.

Palestinian officials said the refusal to release the women violates the recently signed Israeli-PLO accord. In addition to expanding Palestinian self-rule, the accord grants freedom to female prisoners. There are more than 5,000 Palestinians in Israeli jails.

Russian general wounded in attack

MOSCOW (CNN) -- General Anatoly Romanov, head of Russian forces in Chechnya, was seriously wounded in an attack in that region on Friday, Interfax news agency said. The attack occurred in a tunnel in the Chechnya capital of Grozny as his convoy passed through. He was hospitalized in serious condition. The remote-controlled landmine explosion reportedly killed or wounded several other servicemen.

Mexico to repay $700 million loan

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (CNN) -- Mexico says it will begin repaying ahead of time the $12.5 billion in aid it received this year from the U.S. government. Mexico said Thursday the first payment of $700 million in loans will be paid before an October 30 deadline.

Residents rescued from Hong Kong floods

HONG KONG (CNN) -- About 130 people were rescued from flooded homes in rural areas of Hong Kong's New Territories and parts of Kowloon Friday. More than 13 inches of rain fell in parts of the region. The flooding also caused landslides and led to traffic problems on Hong Kong's roads.

Chinese leader warns against corruption

BEIJING, China (CNN) -- Chinese President Jiang Zemin has reiterated a call to fight corruption. "We must fight against corruption not for a day or two or a month or two, but in the entire process of carrying out reform and opening to the outside world," he said. Jiang called corruption "a disease of the healthy body of society." Jiang made his remarks at an anti-corruption conference. Corruption has been a major problem hindering China's economic reforms.


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