WASHINGTON -- A Lebanese-born Palestinian, brought to...

WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON -- A Lebanese-born Palestinian, brought to the United States forcibly nearly three years ago, is going on trial in connection with the 1985 hijacking of an Egyptian airliner in which 58 passengers died.

Omar Mohammed Ali Rezaq faces a one-count air piracy charge. One American -- allegedly executed by Rezaq -- was among those killed. Rezaq, 34, faces a minimum of 20 years in prison and a maximum of life if convicted.


Jury selection in the trial, before U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth, is scheduled to begin tomorrow. FBI agents arrested Rezaq in Nigeria in July 1993.

Issues, leadership ability top factors for candidate


More than two-thirds of Americans believe a political leader can have major character flaws but still govern effectively and that issues and leadership are more important, a new poll indicates.

In the poll by U.S. News & World Report, 70 percent of respondents described Republican contender Bob Dole as moral while only 41 percent saw President Clinton that way. But most still said they intended to vote for Clinton in November (50 percent vs. 37 percent).

Sixty-seven percent said flaws in personal character didn't hinder leaders from governing effectively.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Republicans in President Clinton's home state chose a conservative, two-term congressman yesterday as their nominee for the U.S. Senate.

Rep. Tim Hutchinson, 46, was nominated by a convention of Arkansas Republican activists. Hutchinson's name was the only one put forward. He will face Democrat Winston Bryant in the November general election.

The Senate seat was left open by the retirement of three-term Democrat David Pryor.

Base Russian relations on U.S. needs, Dole urges

Relations between the United States and Russia should be based on America's interests and values, no matter who wins Russia's presidential election, Bob Dole said yesterday.


"If democratic forces prevail [in the Russian election] it will be an important victory for democracy," the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said in a statement. "But no matter who wins the election, America has to pursue our interests. I believe [they] have been neglected."

Dole accused President Clinton of ignoring Russian behavior toward independent states of the former Soviet Union and of treating the new democracies of Central and Eastern Europe as an appendage of the U.S.-Russian policy. Russians go to the polls today to elect a president.

Democratic candidate says Helms refuses to debate


DURHAM, N.C. -- U.S. Senate candidate Harvey Gantt, charging that Republican Sen. Jesse Helms had refused to debate him for "arrogant" reasons, urged fellow Democrats yesterday to demand a confrontation.

Gantt, a former mayor of Charlotte, N.C., never debated the archconservative incumbent when he ran for Helms' seat in 1990.


Gantt told a crowd of Democrats gathered for the party's state convention that Helms had repeatedly turned down debating invitations for their rematch. Helms has said he did not need to debate because he was ahead.

Doctors use popsicles on dehydrated children


PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Doctors can get more fluid into dehydrated children if they use special popsicles instead of the nutrient-rich liquids often given out at hospitals, a study has concluded.

Dr. Karen Santucci, an emergency room physician at Hasbro Children's Hospital, offered 92 sick youngsters age 9 months to 12 years old either a fruit-flavored freezer pop called Revital-ICE or the standard electrolyte drink, Pedialyte.

Santucci and her colleagues found that popsicle treatment got more fluid into the youngsters, and did it faster, in part because the children rushed to eat the frozen product before it melted. She presented her findings this week at the annual American Pediatric Societies meeting in Washington, D.C.


Meandering moose caught, taken to Boston-area zoo


BOSTON -- The moose that led Massachusetts state police, environmental police and police from three towns on a goose chase was headed to a zoo yesterday after authorities finally were able to tranquilize the 7-foot, 1,000-pound animal yesterday morning in Watertown, a Boston suburb.

The moose had apparently followed suburban commuter rail lines through several Boston suburbs and into town Friday, successfully eluding police.

Officials said the moose, which will be kept at the zoo temporarily, may have been on the loose in the area for as long as two weeks.

Pub Date: 6/16/96