CUBA . . . ROUGH SEAS, ROUGHER SANCTIONS

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Bad weather in the Florida Straits slowed the daily flood of Cuban rafters to a 17-person trickle. Would-be refugees also got more bad news from the Clinton Administration: Effective this morning, Treasury Department regulations kicked in restricting the money and gifts Cuban Americans can send to Cuba, as well as more severely limiting travel to and from the island. Meanwhile, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) may be called in to oversee the "safe haven" process of relocating Cuban refugees -- mainly to reconcile Clinton's no-asylum policy with a 1951 international treaty intended to protect people genuinely fearing persecution if sent home.