- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 15, 2002

YUGOSLAVIA
Kostunica petitions court on vote
BELGRADE The party of Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica has filed a complaint to Serbia's Supreme Court seeking to have him declared winner of the republic's presidential election, Beta news agency reported yesterday.
The Democratic Party of Serbia filed the complaint after the electoral commission in Serbia, the largest of Yugoslavia's two remaining republics, refused Thursday to overturn its decision to invalidate the Dec. 8 election because voter turnout did not reach the required 50 percent minimum.

BRITAIN
Ship carrying cars sinks after collision
LONDON A Norwegian-registered ship carrying hundreds of luxury cars sank in the North Sea yesterday after a collision with a container ship in thick fog.
All 24 crew members were rescued before the cargo ship Tricolor sank after the collision at the entrance of the Dover Strait between England and France.
The ship was carrying 2,862 cars, including BMWs, Volvos and Saabs, worth $40 million to $50 million, a spokesman for Norwegian shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen Lines said in Oslo. It also carried tractors, crane parts and escalators in 77 roll-on/roll-off containers.

MACEDONIA
NATO starts leaner peace mission
SKOPJE NATO formally replaced its mission in Macedonia yesterday with a smaller peacekeeping force to maintain stability in the Balkan republic, shaken last year by an ethnic Albanian rebellion.
Operation Amber Fox, made up of 700 soldiers, was set up a year ago to protect international monitors observing the return of government forces and displaced civilians to areas formerly held by the rebels.

FINLAND
Pornography going off the air
HELSINKI Cable television stations in Finland are dropping late-night pornography from their programming in response to political pressure and a lack of interest by advertisers.
Three Helsinki stations four years ago began broadcasting pornography, which previously had been available only to pay-per-view customers.
The programs now are being canceled in what appears to be part of a conservative trend in the country of 5.2 million people. Two stations cited pressure from cable operators and lack of advertising, while the third called it a business decision.
In July, four prominent daily newspapers jointly announced they would clean up their classified sections, which they said were being used to solicit prostitution.

RUSSIA
Teenage daughter of rock singer slain
MOSCOW The 19-year-old daughter of a leading Russian rock singer was found with her throat cut in a Moscow apartment, Interfax reported yesterday, adding that the woman had associated with Satanist groups.
The body of Elizaveta Kuzmina, whose father, Vladimir Kuzmin, is a singer-songwriter, was found in an apartment building in western Moscow. On the door, someone had written in red chalk, "My matrix has found me."

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