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ELECTION: Protests erupted and one man was shot in the back following the announcement that Dominican Republic President Joaquin Balaguer had won re-election in a vote plagued by charges of fraud. Criticism from U.S. and other international observers had forced the Central Elections Board to stop counting with nearly all votes tallied and create a commission to review the May 16 balloting. The board announced Tuesday that Belaguer had won by less than 1 percent, or 22,281 votes. But his main opponent, Jose Francisco Pena Gomez, claims up to 200,000 Dominicans were prevented from voting.

Across the nation

TRIPLE EXECUTION: The first to die will be inmate No. SK886. Barring any successful last-minute appeals, Hoyt Franklin Clines will lie on a gurney Wednesday night in Arkansas' death chamber and be executed by injection. His remains will be carried out in a body bag, the gurney wiped down and the needle changed. Then the process will be repeated with inmate No. SK887, James William Holmes. And then with inmate No. SK888, Darryl V. Richley. Arkansas says the triple execution, which would be the nation's first in 32 years, is a more efficient way to deal with condemned men and less stressful for prison employees. The inmates compare themselves to "hogs at the slaughter."

In Washington

ARMS SALES: Congressional researchers say U.S. arms sales made up 72.6 percent of all purchases by Third World countries in 1993, up from 55.8 percent in 1992. The Congressional Research Service said Tuesday the change mainly reflected a decrease in other countries' arms sales to such countries. Last year's $14.8 billion in new U.S. arms sales rose only modestly from the previous year's total of $14.6 billion. These are government-to-government sales; commercial sales are much smaller and also have been dropping.