- Newsmaker: Arafat Calls for End to Armed Attacks on Israelis - Despite Yasser Arafat's televised plea for an end to Middle East violence, a mortar was fired into a Jewish settlement in Gaza. In Hebron, Israeli troops retaliated by killing a member of the militant Islamic group Hamas. Wafa Amr, senior Arabic correspondent for Reuters, says that despite considerable difficulties, Arafat is determined to put an end to ongoing armed attacks on Israelis.
- Reporter's Notebook: Vivendi Universal to Merge with USA Networks - The French water company Vivendi became an entertainment giant by merging with Universal Studios. Its newest acquisition of USA Television Networks will bring together big companies and big egos. Bruce Orwall, of the Wall Street Journal, has more on the global media merger that prove the old adage that "three's a crowd."
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