LATIN AMERICAN LEADERS
SEEK FREE-TRADE TALKSCARTAGENA, Colombia - At the end of a two-day summit here, the 13 Latin American and Caribbean presidents of the Rio Group proposed talks with the United States to implement President Bush's plan for a continentwide free- trade zone as quickly as possible.
The presidents also agreed Tuesday to work on making the hemisphere a free-trade zone by the year 2000. They said they were confident that the political and legislative decisions still needed in the United States for the plan's full application would progress rapidly.
PUSH FOR US NETWORK
WASHINGTON - The U.S. computer industry urged the White House to broaden its
vision for a nationwide high-speed computer network designed to help the United States maintain its edge in technology research.
The plan would enable universities and laboratories to link up to an ''information superhighway," helping to solve what are known as the ''grand challenges" of science with new hardware and software.
The multibillion-dollar project began in February and is expected to take five years.