BRIEFS

BRIEFS

CLINTON AGAIN WAIVES

HELMS-BURTON PENALTIESWASHINGTON - President Clinton again refused to implement a highly controversial U.S. law meant to crack down harder on Cuba.

He waived Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, which authorizes U.S. nationals to file treble damage lawsuits against foreigners ''trafficking'' in U.S. property confiscated by Cuba.

It marked the fourth such six-month waiver the president has invoked since the act took force in early 1996. The White House justified the waiver by citing increasing cooperation by European and other countries in promoting human rights in Cuba.

The Cuban American National Foundation, however, sharply questioned this cooperation, charging that European countries are paying only ''lip service'' to human rights in Cuba and using the waiver to expand their Cuban trade.

US FILES COMPLAINT

ON PARAGUAY PIRACY

WASHINGTON - The Clinton administration has launched a formal trade complaint against Paraguay for its tolerance of movie and music piracy, and said it would block new trade benefits for Turkey until copyright piracy is addressed by that government.

U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky also said she would ask the World Trade Organization to rule on her charge that Ireland was not living up to its promises to protect copyrighted material.

Most U.S. enforcement of copyright and patent piracy abroad occurs through the WTO, which is phasing in rules in this areas. Developing countries like Paraguay aren't bound by the WTO copyright rules until 2000, so until then U.S. officials must rely on the threat of unilateral trade action.

GENERAL MOTORS UPBEAT

ON INDONESIA PROSPECTS

SINGAPORE - General Motors Corp. said Friday it was ready to make new investments in Indonesia now that President Suharto had removed tax exemptions on Jakarta's national car project.

The removal of the exemptions, part of a far-reaching agreement with the International Monetary Fund in return for a $43 billion rescue package, ''changes the competitive environment dramatically,'' GM said in a statement.