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ADVISE ON CUBA: South African President Nelson Mandela Thursday called on American and Cuban leaders to look at South Africa's non-violent abolition of apartheid as an example of how they can resolve their differences. "We have sat down with our enemies and questioned the wisdom of us slaughtering one another when we could sit down and talk," Mandela said after a brief meeting with Cuban Foreign Minister Roberto Rabaina. Rabaina, who arrived Wednesday in Cape Town for a one-week visit, said Cuban President Fidel Castro had accepted an invitation to visit South Africa.KOREA STRIKE: Labor and management reached a tentative agreement Thursday at South Korea's largest auto-parts maker, raising hopes for an end to four days of unrest in the export-oriented automotive industry. The agreement at Mando Machinery Corp. came hours after Hyundai Motor Co., the nation's largest automaker, shut down all assembly lines because of a lack of parts. Mando supplies 60 percent of Hyundai's parts, including air conditioners, brakes, electronics and other components. Before the unrest, Hyundai produced 5,500 cars a day.

NIGERIA: Nigeria's military government has denounced an American envoy who described a deterioration of human rights in the West African country. A report by John Shattuck, the assistant secretary of state for human rights, is "misleading and factually incorrect," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement Wednesday. Shattuck visited Nigeria May 28-30 to investigate human rights under the three-year regime of Gen. Sani Abacha. In his report, Shattuck said up to 7,000 political prisoners were held in Lagos, the Nigerian capital, many in "horrendous conditions." He also said the U.S. government was considering additional sanctions.

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TROPICAL NUISANCE: Tropical Storm Arthur turned out to be more of a nuisance than a hazard to the North Carolina coast, but storms in Maryland claimed four lives and more rain was forecast. Arthur was downgraded to a tropical depression as its sustained winds dropped to 35 mph as of 5 a.m. Friday. At the time, it was 40 miles north-northeast of Hatteras, N.C. Its chief effect on the coast was to inconvenience sun worshipers. Elsewhere, flooding caused problems in parts of the Midwest and East, including Maryland, where more than a foot of rain fell in some places since Tuesday.

BODY FOUND: A woman accused of killing her 9-month-old daughter to get attention was found dead in her apartment. The body of KellyAnn Borell, 25, of Toledo, was found Wednesday by a friend, police Sgt. Steve Forrester said. Forrester said Borell had a history of attempted suicide and health problems. The exact cause of her death was not know. Borell was charged last year with aggravated murder in the February 1995 suffocation death of her daughter Mary and faced life in prison. She had been released without bond.

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ANATOLY KARPOV defeated U.S. challenger Gata Kamsky in the seventh game of the FIDE match in Elista, Russia, to earn a 5-2 lead for the disputed world chess title . . . BRAZILIAN HEALTH AUTHORITIES have closed the Santa Genoveva clinic, where 98 patients have died since April. Although many of the clinic's patients suffer from terminal illnesses, the number of deaths was considered extraordinarily high. Some 221 sick and elderly patients were transferred to other hospitals and clinics Wednesday.