- The Washington Times - Friday, March 28, 2003

SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO
Police kill 2 suspects in Djindjic assassination
BELGRADE Serbian police yesterday fatally shot two prime suspects in the assassination this month of Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic, the Interior Ministry said.
It said suspected gangster bosses Dusan Spasojevic and Mile Lukovic were killed near Belgrade while resisting arrest.
The government has named them as two out of three leaders of a powerful criminal group known as the Zemun gang, which it says carried out the assassination of Mr. Djindjic on March 12.

JAPAN
2 spy satellites launched by Tokyo
TANEGASHIMA A rocket carrying Japan's first two spy satellites blasted off today in an intelligence-gathering effort that some fear may spur its heavily armed neighbor, North Korea, to test-fire a ballistic missile.
"The satellites were launched as scheduled at 10:27 a.m. [8:27 p.m. EST yesterday]," a spokesman for the National Space Development Agency said.
The satellite deployment, which will give Japan its first independent chance to scrutinize North Korea from space, was planned after Pyongyang's 1998 firing of a Taepo-Dong ballistic missile, which passed over Japan.

POLAND
Bush asked to be discreet about troops
WARSAW Poland asked President Bush yesterday to be more discreet about Polish troop activity in Iraq and to resist the temptation to use them for propaganda purposes.
The request came after Mr. Bush gave specific details about the activities of Polish elite troops in Iraq during a speech to troops in Florida on Wednesday.
"We have sent a request through diplomatic channels that the activities of our special troops are mentioned with a little less detail in future," defense ministry spokesman Eugeniusz Mleczak told Agence France-Presse.

RUSSIA
Putin asks Chechens to ready amnesty law
MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin called on officials in Chechnya yesterday to draft an amnesty law for rebels and to lay the groundwork for providing a wide degree of autonomy, the latest move in the Kremlin push to re-exert control over the war-battered republic.
Mr. Putin requested the moves in a meeting with Chechen administration head Akhmad Kadyrov four days after a referendum in which Chechens approved a draft constitution placing the republic under the Russian federal government.

COLOMBIA
11 soldiers killed in rebel minefield
BOGOTA Eleven Colombian soldiers died yesterday when they walked into a minefield planted by leftist rebels near the rural birthplace of Nobel Prize-winning writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the army said.
The troops were hunting for guerrillas when they stumbled into the trap near Aracataca.

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