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Tuesday, May 5, 1998

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  • Iraq

    Iraq, saying its patience was wearing thin after nearly eight years of punitive U.N. sanctions, warned the Security Council Monday that it would not wait much longer for the United Nations to lift its trade embargo. Iraq’s vice-president Taha Yassin Ramadan said that if the Security Council did not react positively to the open letter addressed to the Council Friday, Baghdad was ready to fight until the sanctions were lifted.

  • Max Sisulu

    South Africa’s truth commission on Monday began its first major hearing into the African National Congress guerilla campaign against apartheid, starting with testimony on a spate of bombings. Ten cadres from the ANC’s military wing Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation) are seeking amnesty from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in exchange for acknowledging responsibility for bombings that took place from 1980 to 1988. At least 23 people were killed and more than 350 injured in 13 attacks orchestrated by the Umkhonto special operations unit.

  • Cinco de Mayo

    Today is Cinco de Mayo, a day marking the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at the Battle of Puebla. Although the Mexican army was eventually defeated, the "Batalla de Puebla" became a rallying point of Mexican unity and patriotism, and a symbol for the right of nations for to self-determination.