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MESSAGE: Northern Ireland's largest party warned President Clinton not to be biased against its pro-British beliefs during next month's visit or he might as well stay home. Some 400 Protestant supporters of the Ulster Unionist Party also voted overwhelmingly to back their leaders' refusal to negotiate with the IRA-allied Sinn Fein party unless the Irish Republican Army starts disposing of its weapons during a party conference in Portrush.ANSWER? Nearly 300 people invited to San Cristobal De Las Casa, Mexico, to discuss what caused a 1994 indigenous uprising sought solutions Saturday to the problems that face Mexico's estimated 7 million Indians. They came up with at least one answer: more autonomy.

ATTACK: Rebel fighters in Kabul, Afghanistan, fired three rockets into the Afghan capital on Saturday, killing 11 people in a crowded marketplace and wounding 16 others, the Defense Ministry said. One rocket landed in front of a restaurant at a busy market, sending hundreds of people scattering for shelter.

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ROCKER DIES: Shannon Hoon, who skyrocketed to the top of the charts in 1993 with his band Blind Melon and their eclectic single "No Rain," died Saturday in New Orleans. He was 28. Hoon died on his tour bus. His band members apparently couldn't wake him and called police, according to New Orleans police, which would not give further details.

NABBED: A convicted bank robber who later served as a press secretary to freshman Rep. Michael Forbes, R-N.Y., apparently has returned to his old occupation, according to law enforcement officials. FBI agents and Virginia police arrested Thomas Springer, 46, at his apartment in Silver Spring, Md., earlier this week on charges of robbing a suburban Virginia bank of $5,100.

DOUBLE RAPE: Two Texas Christian University roommates were arrested after a woman told Fort Worth police she was raped by one as the other slept nearby, then raped by the other 12 days later in retaliation for reporting the first attack. Sophomores James E. Kiehle and Judd Payne, both 19, were free on bond and had not been formally charged by Friday.