Monday, September 8, 1997

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  • Mobutu Dies

    Mobutu Sese Seko, the long-time dictator of Zaire and one of the most important allies of the United States and other Western powers during the post-colonial era in Africa, died yesterday. He was 66-years-old and living in exile in Rabat, Morocco.

  • Cassini Launch

    Scientists, anti-nuclear activists and NASA veterans are stepping up their opposition to NASA’s planned launch of the Cassini space probe, which is slated to take off later this fall and then explore Saturn’s rings and moons. But because Cassini is fueled by 72 pounds of highly radioactive and poisonous plutonium, many safety experts, scientists, and anti-nuclear activists have vehemently opposed the launch.

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