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GERMANY'S central bank cut interest rates as much as a half a point Thursday, heeding calls from President Clinton and others to help stimulate the world economy. . . . A 15-YEAR-OLD boy in Hennepin, Ill., apparently suffocated when he was trapped in a bin of corn kernels, authorities said. . . . THE PRAGUE City Council has banned the sale of alcohol and tobacco in public places beginning Aug. 1. . . . A HOUSTON man who took his high-school sweetheart hostage at her workplace killed her and himself after two hours of talking with hostage negotiators.