A general strike in Beirut and protests by families of kidnapped Lebanese paralyzed the capital and forced the closing of the city's international airport a few hours after it had been reopened. (Page A1, Column 6.) A national unity government in Israel would be formed by Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir if his Likud bloc won the July 23 elections. Mr. Shamir said he would try to form a coalition with the opposition Labor Party in order to deal with Israel's mounting economic problems. (A4:1.)
Canada's national elections will be held Sept. 4, Prime Minister John Turner announced. He said Canada needed ''a renewal of confidence and certainty.'' Mr. Turner also announced that Queen Elizabeth II had postponed a Canadian visit that was to have started Saturday. The delay was in keeping with the Queen's policy of not making public appearances during campaigns in the countries where she is sovereign. (A1:2.) The cause of the fire at the cathedral of York Minster in York, England, has not been determined by authorities. There were indications that lightning set the fire that severely damaged the cathedral, Britain's largest Gothic building. (A1:1.) A ban on travel to Bulgaria by Government officials for nonessential reasons has been issued by the State Department. The ban was described as an expression of displeasure over what the United States views as indications that Bulgaria has been involved in terrorism and drug smuggling. (A7:1.) National A preference for Walter F. Mondale over the Rev. Jesse Jackson as the Democratic Presidential nominee has been indicated by black Democrats by a margin of 5 to 3, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll. (A1:3.) Health care inflation has been cut sharply, according to Margaret M. Heckler, the Secretary of Health and Human Services. In giving the Reagan Administration credit for the decline, She said in a speech in Seattle, ''The rate of inflation in medical care costs has been cut almost in half, from 10.8 percent in 1981, when President Reagan took office, to 6.3 percent at present.'' (A1:1.) Trans-Atlantic two-engine airliners would be put into scheduled nonstop service by next summer if new criteria being favorably considered by the Federal Aviation Administration are accepted. Boeing, which makes the twin-jet 767, and airline operators have been urging the agency to modify the current ban on two-engine tran-Atlantic service. (A1:5.) Stephen Bingham surrendered to the sheriff of Marin County, Calif., ending 13 years as a fugitive. Mr. Bingham, a native of Connecticut, refused to answer questions about what happened on Aug. 21, 1971, the day he is accused of delivering a pistol to George Jackson, a black militant, at San Quentin Prison. Mr. Jackson, two inmates and three prison guards died in an escape attempt soon after Mr. Bingham left the prison grounds on that day. (A12:1.) Federal safety officials questioned whether the Central Vermont Railway had taken enough precautions in the early-morning hours before a passenger train derailed Saturday, killing five people and injuring more than 140. A flash flood watch was issued in the area more than eight hours before heavy rains washed out the track, according to a Federal investigator, but a spokesman for the railroad said it was unaware of the flood warning. (A12:1.) Randall Thompson died at a Boston hospital. The composer was best known for his choral works, many of them based on patriotic themes from American history. He was 85 years old. (B6:1.) Metropolitan State employees will conduct a drive to register voters in time for the November elections under an executive order signed by Governor Cuomo. Registration will be encouraged at motor vehicle and unemployment offices and at social service agencies. Republican officials objected, saying the program was designed to raise votes for Democratic candidates. (A1:5.) A strike at Long Island Lighting was set at 4 P.M. today by two unions representing 3,900 employees. (B1:1.) Peking and New York City are expected have closer ties following the visit to Peking of a New York City trade delegation, headed by Deputy Mayor Kenneth Lipper. He signed a memorandum of understanding that would promote greater business, educational and cultural cooperation between the two cities. (B3:5.) 125 subway cars were idled for inspection by the Transit Authority following a recent series of fires in electrical equipment in subway-car undercarriages. So far this year, fires have broken out in the group switch boxes of 120 cars. The 125 taken out of service have case histories similar to the cars in which fires occurred, Transit officials said. (B3:1.) Albert H. Blumenthal died of cancer Sunday in Manhattan. The former majority leader of the State Assembly and member of the reform wing of the Democratic Party was a candidate for Mayor of New York City in 1973. He was 56 years old. (B6:1.) Page D1
 
 
Hey, they forgot to mention a baby girl named Jessica was born in Canada! Gee whiz, and they call themselves a newspaper. Sort of a glaring omission if you ask me.
 
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