(1) GM and Toyota / are reportedly close to [signing] a joint venture accord / [to produce] more than 200,000 sub-compact cars a year in the U.S. /
(2) In the meantime, / U.S. embassies in the Middle East / [were reported] to have been placed on full alert / [in expectation of] some kind of terrorist attack. /
(3) On the Tokyo Foreign Exchange Market, / the U.S. currency [opened] at\105.50 / and followed a steady uptrend to \106.40 / before [ending] the morning session. /
(4) Imports [fell] by 30.6 percent from 1990, / mainly [owing] to the rapid and substantial appreciation on the yen. /
(5) AIDS is a disease / in which a virus [attacks] the body's immune system, leaving the victim [susceptible to] a wide variety of infections and cancers. /
(6) During the Watergate investigation, / Nixon defenders insisted that, / while much impropriety could be observed, / no proof of presidential obstruction of justice / -- "no smoking gun" -- / had been found. /
(7) [Although] the current tariff reduction plan / excluded many other items considered vital to the U.S. / -- such as citrus and beef product -- / [sources close to] the U.S. Trade Representatives said / that Washington was quite happy with this move towards trade liberalization. /
(8) A Korean Air jet / with 115 people abroad / on a flight from the Middle East / [was missing] somewhere near Burma, / and may [have crashed] into the sea or thick jungle. / Officials said / the missing plane was over the Andaman Sea / when contact was lost. / Experts say / that recovery of the flight recorder, / which could explain the disaster, / will probably be difficult / because the aircraft crashed in waters 3,600 meters deep.