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LITTLE HOPE: After a day of negotiations with Bosnian Serb leaders, Haris Siladjdzic, the prime minister of the Muslim-led Bosnian government, Saturday held out little hope for next week's round of peace talks in Geneva. "I can't say that things are going to be better in Geneva," he said after meeting Momcilo Krajisnik, president of the self-declared parliament of the Serb republic in Sarajevo. "We have been offered an unequal peace," he said.

CALM: Lesotho was calm Saturday after South African Foreign Minister Pik Botha negotiated a rudimentary truce between rival factions in the kingdom's army, South African television in Johannesburg reported. Fighting erupted Friday among factions in the Royal Lesotho Defense Force after some officers demanded a 100 percent pay increase, but South African government officials said they believed the conflict was underpinned by political grievances.

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HOSPITALIZED: Actress Elizabeth Taylor was hospitalized in Santa Monica, Calif., for tests and treatment of a chronic hip ailment aggravated during a recent fall at her Switzerland chateau, a hospital spokesman said Saturday. Taylor, 62, entered St. John's Hospital and Health Center on Friday, said hospital spokesman Gary Miereanu. He would not estimate how long she would be there.

TEMBLORS: The U.S. Geological Survey said late Saturday two earthquakes rumbled through southeastern Pennsylvania, causing slight damage to gas and water lines. The quakes, centered at Wyomissing Hills, near Reading, measured 4.6 and 4.0 on the Richter scale and were felt 50 miles away in Philadelphia.

DENIAL: An Ohio priest accused along with Chicago Archdiocese Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of sexually abusing a teenager in the late 1970s denied ever taking the boy to Bernardin's private quarters, published reports in Cincinnati said Saturday. The incident is a key element of Steven J. Cook's allegations against Bernardin and the Rev. Ellis Harsham. Cook, 34, filed a $10 million lawsuit in November against Bernardin, claiming Bernardin abused him in the priest's private quarters.