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Mugabe dismisses Zimbabwe Cabinet
HARARE, Zimbabwe Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe dissolved his Cabinet yesterday in a surprise move that official sources said was linked to a government drive to seize white-owned farms for landless blacks.
Mr. Mugabe, who has vowed to press ahead with the land seizures despite resistance from farmers and criticism abroad, will announce a new Cabinet on Monday, a government statement said.
Zimbabwe has been gripped by a political and economic crisis since pro-government militants invaded white-owned farms in early 2000 in support of Mr. Mugabe's campaign to redistribute farms to landless blacks.

India, Pakistan spar as Armitage visits
NEW DELHI, India India and Pakistan sparred verbally yesterday over a reported military attack in Kashmir as U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage arrived in India to discuss cross-border terrorism in the disputed Himalayan province.
Shortly after Mr. Armitage arrived in New Delhi, Pakistan accused India of an "unprovoked attack" on its army post in Pakistani Kashmir. India said no such encounter had taken place.
Mr. Armitage will visit Islamabad, Pakistan, today for similar talks.

Kostunica seeking second presidenc
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica announced yesterday that he would run in September for the presidency of Serbia, the country's dominant republic.
The move was widely expected, as Mr. Kostunica's current job is likely to disappear as part of constitutional changes that give greater power to the Serbian president.
Serbia and Montenegro, the two remaining Yugoslav republics, have agreed to redefine their relationship as part of a Western-backed plan that foresees doing away with Yugoslavia and replacing it with a loose confederation.

Nuclear waste a hazard in Serbia
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia Nuclear fuel and waste in Serbia still pose a hazard, despite the recent shipping of a large amount to Russia, an official said yesterday.
Serbian police, fearing the shipment Thursday would become the target of a terrorist attack, sealed off nearly half of Belgrade for six hours as the 1,797 pounds of highly enriched fuel was trucked from the Vinca Institute of Nuclear Sciences, just outside Belgrade, to the airport.
The fuel would have been enough to develop 2 nuclear warheads, Russia's Atomic Energy Ministry said. Although not as potent, the remaining fuel and waste could also be used to develop radioactive weapons, a Vinca scientist speaking on the condition of anonymity said yesterday.

Philippines sets deadline for hostages
JOLO, Philippines Philippine military leaders gave civilian officials on a remote island five days to negotiate with the captors of four Jehovah's Witnesses yesterday and said they were preparing a "killer punch" if the talks fail.
Military Chief of Staff Gen. Roy Cimatu said officials from Patikul town, on the southern island of Jolo, were trying to reach the kidnappers' hide-out to demand the unconditional release of the remaining hostages. Two had been beheaded.
He said an elite, U.S.-trained military unit was flying to the island to back up about 6,000 soldiers already fanning out in preparation for an assault.
Two male and four female Jehovah's Witnesses were snatched as they sold Avon cosmetics and herbal teas near Patikul on Tuesday.

N. Korea leader ends Russian visit
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia North Korean leader Kim Jong-il capped his second visit to Russia in a year with a long meeting with President Vladimir Putin and a taste of the consumer delights that are in short supply in his hermetic and impoverished country.
Mr. Putin and Mr. Kim talked for about 3 hours yesterday at a government meeting house outside Vladivostok.

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