- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 28, 2001

Macedonia agrees to new constitution
SKOPJE, Macedonia Political leaders agreed on Friday to key constitutional changes enshrining greater rights for the Albanian minority in a crucial deal to stop the Balkan nation from plunging into renewed armed conflict.
After weeks of drawn-out negotiations mediated by the European Union, Macedonia's top politicians agreed to the new constitutional blueprint, clearing the way for the full implementation of a peace plan, diplomatic sources said.

Southern Europe wheezes in smog
PARIS Countries on the southern rim of the European Union (EU) suffered unusually high levels of ozone smog this spring and summer, an EU report released earlier this week shows.
The report, issued by the European Environment Agency, said that during the April-August period in 2001, the EU's "critical threshold" on ozone pollution was exceeded in 25 European countries on two out of every three days.
Italy had the highest number of days (80) that exceeded the threshold, followed by France (58) and Spain (40), while Portugal had the highest concentration on a single day.

Italian fascist honors anger Croatia
ZAGREB, Croatia Croatia said on Friday it was angry over Italy's decision to award military honors to fascist administrators who ruled the Croatian coastal city of Zadar during World War II.
Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, who recently visited Croatia, decided last week to decorate the last Italian administration to rule Zadar up to the end of World War II, according to media reports.
"It is an unfortunate move which has rightly angered Croatiaand we hope Italy will revise its course of action," Croatian Foreign Minister Tonino Picula told reporters.

Sotheby's makes move to Paris
PARIS The London-based auction house Sotheby's will break new ground next month when it holds its first ever sale in France after a decades-long campaign to break the monopoly of France's government-appointed auctioneers.
"This is a breakthrough for us," the chairwoman of Sotheby's France, Princess Laure de Beauvau Craon said.
"I have been waiting for the last 10 years for this moment and to know that we will be able to hold a sale in our own premises and under our control is a great achievement."
The sale will feature 19th century books and manuscripts.

Weekly notes
Belgians put aside their regional rivalries on Friday and united in joy over the birth of Princess Elisabeth, who may one day be the first woman to ascend the country's throne.
The first child ofCrown Prince PhilippeandPrincess Mathilde,Elisabethis second-in-line to the Belgian throne. "I'm very proud of our little daughter. She really is adorable, a real little lady," Prince Philippe said at a late night news conference after the birth.

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