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MOSCOW - Vice President Alexander Rutskoi announced plans yesterday to run for Russia's top post in hopes of succeeding his main critic - President Boris Yeltsin.

Yeltsin attacked Rutskoi's performance and integrity yesterday. Last month, he stripped Rutskoi of some powers and privileges.

Yeltsin has said he would not seek a second term when his five-year term expires in 1996, but he has not indicated whether he would run if early elections were scheduled. Only 31.7 percent of voters in the April referendum favored a proposal to hold early presidential elections.

Japanese official wants troops out of Cambodia

TOKYO - A Cabinet minister said yesterday that Japan should consider withdrawing its U.N. peacekeeping troops from Cambodia in the wake of the death of a Japanese officer.

Peacekeeper-police officer Haruyuki Takata, killed in an ambush Tuesday, was the first Japanese official to die in overseas military action since World War II.

The death embarrassed the government, which had assured the nation that personnel sent to Cambodia would not serve in dangerous areas.

Post and Telecommunications Minister Junichiro Koizumi said that in approving peacekeeping activities last year the government "decided that Japan would offer its sweat in any international contribution, but it did not go as far as offering to shed blood."

Kyodo News Service said Japan's Defense Agency is secretly drafting a contingency plan for withdrawing from Cambodia.

Colombia guerrilla leader offers truce to government

BOGOTA, Colombia - The head of Colombia's second biggest Marxist guerrilla group, the National Liberation Army, offered a truce in his decades-old war on the state yesterday if the government agreed to stop fighting the rebels.

The group's leader, Manuel Perez, in an interview with Spanish television, also said he would accept Spanish government mediation with the Colombian administration to secure a cease-fire. Perez, 50, a former Spanish priest has led the 3,000-strong National Liberation Army for more than two decades in its struggle to turn Colombia into a Marxist state. `GLASS TEARS' PHOTOGRAPH SELLS FOR RECORD $190,000

LONDON - A photograph by Man Ray showing a sad-looking woman with glass beads stuck to her face set a world auction record for a photo, selling for $190,000 yesterday, Sotheby's said.

The image, titled "Glass Tears," was taken about 1930 and is famous in 20th-century art history. It was bought in a telephone bid by an unidentified British private collector.

The Philadelphia-born Ray, who died in 1976, also was a painter, sculptor and filmmaker.

The previous record for any photograph was $181,000, paid by a German collector at Christie's last October for "Girl with Leica" by the Soviet photographer Alexander Rodchenko.


WARSAW, Poland - The Senate approved a plan yesterday to privatize the bulk of state-owned industries and distribute shares to all adult Poles.

The bill now goes to President Lech Walesa, who is expected to sign it within a week. The lower chamber, the Sejm, approved the measure on April 30.

Prime Minister Hanna Suchocka's government hopes the plan will help restructure hundreds of ailing industries by introducing modern managerial techniques and attracting foreign capital.

Under the plan, 60 percent of the shares in 600 state enterprises will be turned over to about 20 mutual funds, which will manage efforts to revive the struggling industries. Workers will get 15 percent of the remaining shares. The treasury will keep 25 percent.

Times news services