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Clinton Freezes Terrorists’ Cash

Eager to show resolve after the latest Middle East bombing, President Clinton Tuesday ordered a freeze on the U.S. assets of 12 groups and 18 individuals linked to international terrorism, and banned contributions to them.

The freeze, part of a broader anti-terrorism program also announced Tuesday, is intended to make it harder for such groups as Hamas, the Islamic Jihad and the Abu Nidal organization to raise huge sums in the United States to fund their overseas activities. Federal officials Tuesday sent 5,000 banks and other lenders the names of the individuals and groups, to prevent them from moving their money.

“This will essentially sever the lifeline that keeps these organizations going, we hope,” said a senior official.

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Early exit polls show strong support to lift Ireland ban on abortion

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updated  Ireland’s referendum Friday represented more than a vote on whether to end the country’s strict abortion ban. It was a battle for the very soul of a traditionally conservative Roman Catholic nation that has seen a wave of liberalization in recent years.