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Gramm heads fight for White House

Nomination tussle threatens Republican unity, reports Phil Reeves from Washington

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JUST a few months after the sudden death in office of a British opposition leader, the issue of political health turns up again in the columnist's surgery. President Francois Mitterrand is more or less dying before our eyes. His decline raises practical questions of election, administration and public disclosure, but also psychological matters to do with leaders' awareness of their own mortality.

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Donald Atwood, businessman died Detroit 24 April aged 69. Former US deputy secretary of defence and vice-chairman of General Motors Corporation 1987-89. Called to the Pentagon in 1989 by President George Bush and his defence secretary, Dick Cheney, for his business and financial expertise.

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Powell plans to step down early

WASHINGTON - Strenuously denying any rift with the new administration, General Colin Powell none the less confirmed yesterday he wants to step down early as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and tantalisingly kept alive talk that he is planning a political career, writes Rupert Cornwell.

Clinton plans defence cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bill Clinton is considering a cut of dollars 8.5bn ( pounds 6.9bn) in the military budget for the next fiscal year. The reduction would come from the military budget of pounds 267.8bn planned by President Bush and the former Defense Secretary, Dick Cheney

Somalia: Press steals the marines' thunder

WASHINGTON - George Bush may profess himself pleased, but the Pentagon's media watchdogs most definitely are not. Operation Restore Hope's goal of bringing succour to starving Somalia is impeccable. Alas, the stars of its debut were less the grease-painted marines who kicked it off, but the camera-wielding cohorts of the press there to greet them.

China fears

Gleneagles (Reuter) - The United States has told the Russian government that it is concerned about hi-tech Russian arms sales to China and other countries, a senior US defence official said yesterday. 'The Russians have been engaged in more aggressive arms sales, including to China,' said the official, who flew here with the US Defense Secretary, Dick Cheney, for a two-day meeting of Nato defence ministers beginning tomorrow.
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