Customs Has Evidence

Of Drugs Via CubaHOMESTEAD, Fla. - Cuba has long been suspected of serving as a safe haven for drug smugglers. Now L. Roger Garland, a U.S. Customs Service air branch chief, says he has the first solid evidence of suspected smugglers who took off from Cuban territory.

The evidence is part of a case involving a suspected twin-engine plane spotted by a Customs pilot, and photographed with what appears to be drugs as its cargo. Story, Page 10A.

Complaints Prompt

Probe of Boeing Jets

SEATTLE - Boeing Commercial Airplane Co. officials are dealing with complaints about the quality of its products, including a Federal Aviation Administration directive on the subject.

Boeing officials this week said airline complaints aren't part of a wider pattern of quality assurance failure. That promise apparently didn't assuage Washington. On Tuesday, the FAA issued an airworthiness safety directive and said it would investigate Boeing 747 and 767 widebody jets. Story, Page 5B.

Portion of Air Canada

To Be Sold to Public

OTTAWA - The Canadian government plans to sell 45 percent of Air Canada, the national airline, to the public, Deputy Prime Minister Don Mazankowski told Parliament Tuesday.

The government will retain 55 percent control of the airline, one of the 10 largest in the world with routes in North America, Europe and the Far East.

Chinese Leadership

Elects New Cabinet

BEIJING - Chinese leaders on Tuesday elected a new cabinet in a vote that indicates general support for Deng Xiaoping's economic reforms although several conservatives received key posts.

Qian Qichen, 60, a career diplomat who has been China's chief negotiator with the Soviet Union, was elected as minister of foreign affairs, succeeding Wu Xueqian, 67.

Gen. Qin Jiwei, 74, a member of the Communist Party Politburo and commander of the Beijing Military Region, took over the Defense Ministry from ailing Zhang Aiping, 78.

Sen. Byrd Will Leave

Majority Leader Post

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Robert C. Byrd announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election to his leadership post but will instead become chairman next year of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Democratic senators said Tuesday.

Sen. Byrd, D-W.Va., will run for re-election this year to a sixth Senate term, according to Sen Wyche Fowler, D-Ga.

US-E. German Trade

Discussed at Meeting

WASHINGTON - East German representatives met Tuesday with U.S. State Department officials to discuss broadening trade between the two countries, Charles Redman, department spokesman, said.

The East German delegation, headed by Deputy Trade Minister Christian Meyer, planned to meet with Assistant Secretary of State Rozanne Ridgway and other department officials. The group was scheduled to meet with Commerce Department officials today.