WHERE? The United Nations is in a dither over its annual conference, an event of sizable diplomatic significance. The world body likes to hold the gathering in an appropriate setting, and what with population problems being the focus this year, Cairo was thought to be apt. But Egypt is suffering a militant anti-foreigner campaign, and the fear among the U.N.'s upper echelon is that delegations of high-ranking foreign officials could provide too tempting a target for terrorist attacks by Islamic extremists. Now there is talk of moving the conference to New York. . . . Trouble is that that would be a stinging embarrassment to U.N. Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Egypt's former deputy foreign minister. Even worse, Egypt used to make $3 billion a year on tourism, and last year the country lost about a third of that because of the anti-foreigner sentiment. If the U.N. pulls out, Egypt will have little chance of beginning a recovery, officials worry.
WE'RE WHERE? Disaster does seem to bring unlikely people together, but for sworn political enemies, this was absurd. While surveying areas battered by the Northridge earthquake, senior Clinton Administration aides visited a makeshift disaster assistance center--at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. . . . To some of the Democrats there, the Reagan presidency itself was a federal disaster. But after they had taken a look at quake relief efforts, library Director Ralph C. Bledsoe offered to give the officials a quick tour of the Reagan showcase. As James Lee Witt, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and John Emerson, deputy assistant to President Clinton, and others posed for pictures in the replica of a famous White House room, one of the Clintonites commented with some surprise: "Well, the Oval Office still looks the same."