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Thousands demand Wahid's resignation

JAKARTA, Indonesia In scenes reminiscent of protests that helped topple the former Suharto dictatorship, thousands of students broke down parliament's gates yesterday and demanded President Abdurrahman Wahid quit over his reported involvement in two corruption scandals.

Police subdued protesters with warning shots and tear gas. Although the riot was not as violent as past clashes, officers beat some protesters during running battles.

An estimated 10,000 protesters marched through the streets of the capital against Mr. Wahid. At the state palace, a relaxed head of state maintained he had done no wrong, and told reporters he would not resign.

Grenade attack kills ethnic Albanian

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA, Yugoslavia Serbs threw hand grenades at an ethnic Albanian home in the troubled Kosovo province yesterday, killing one person, injuring two others and touching off a riot.

After the grenade attack in Kosovska Mitrovica, ethnic Albanians gathered in the southern part of the divided city, trying to block a road leading into the northern, predominantly Serb section, said Michael Keats, a spokesman for the U.N. mission in Kosovo.

At least one car was set on fire, and windows of several U.N. police vehicles were smashed by the protesters.

Banned spinal cord found in imports

LONDON British inspectors yesterday detected the remnant of a spinal cord in a consignment of beef imported from Germany, the Food Standards Agency said.

Spinal cord is on the list of specified risk material (SRM) that, under EU law, must be removed from cattle aged over 12 months and destroyed because it is though likely to harbor bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or "mad cow" disease.

Food Standards Agency Chairman John Krebs said such a breach of EU rules was "totally unacceptable" and warned that "appropriate action" would be taken if German beef imports did not meet the required standards.

Iran arrests pro-reform journalist

TEHRAN A hard-line Iranian court has ordered the detention of a pro-reform journalist after a brief interrogation on undisclosed charges, a colleague said yesterday.

Hoda Saber, 40, an editor with the now-banned reformist magazine Iran-e-Farda, was interrogated and detained Sunday on the orders of the Tehran Revolutionary Court, Taqi Rahmani, a political activist and opposition journalist told the Associated Press.

Iran-e-Farda is one of 32 publications all but one of them pro-reform that have been banned since a media crackdown was launched by the hard-line judiciary in April.


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