A UN report on Israel's assault on the Jenin refugee camp rejected on Thursday Palestinian charges of a massacre but faulted the Jewish state for endangering civilians by using heavy weaponry in densely populated areas and keeping out aid workers.
The United States has backed away, for now, from a vow to kill off the UN peacekeeping mission in Bosnia in a clash with its Security Council colleagues over the powers of the new International Criminal Court.
PARIS -- Intense jockeying broke out on the French right Tuesday in a race to succeed humiliated Prime Minister Alain Jupp? as President Jacques Chirac prepared a plan to lure back angry voters in Sunday's parliamentary runoff vote. Chirac was looking at Philippe Seguin, popular speaker of the outgoing National Assembly, and Edouard Balladur, an urbane former premier, as candidates to succeed Jupp? if the right won the runoff, the daily Le Monde said in an unsourced report. It was also possible that Chirac could choose to appoint a premier from the business sector, the newspaper said. Should the left claim victory on Sunday, however, Chirac would have to name -- and share power with -- Socialist leader Lionel Jospin. Juppe announced on Monday that he would step down as premier, taking the blame for the ruling coalition's disastrous showing in Sunday's first round of the snap assembly election in which it was outscored by the combined left.