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NO DECISION YET ON WHETHER HILLARY CLINTON WILL ATTEND BEIJING CONFERENCE.

The White House is still weighing whether first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton will attend an international women's conference in Beijing next month, but one top official said Friday the release of human rights activist Harry Wu "sure makes it a lot easier."

"Getting Harry Wu released was one of our top priorities," said U.N. Ambassador Madeleine Albright, who is leading the U.S. delegation to the conference. "We're obviously very pleased that he has come home. It must be said, if Mrs. Clinton were to decide to go, it would be a great energizer for this conference."But, she cautioned, "that decision has not been made yet." Privately, White House aides said they expected the first lady to go. She has been named honorary chairwoman of the U.S. delegation and has been invited to address the meeting.

The first lady's presence would heighten interest in the conference, which is set for Sept. 4-15 and is expected to draw 40,000 people from all over the world.