- The Washington Times - Monday, December 30, 2002

YUGOSLAVIA
Serbian leader sought by war-crimes tribunal
BELGRADE The term of Serbia's president expired yesterday, a Serbian election commission official said, lifting his immunity to prosecution and opening the way for extradition to a United Nations war-crimes court.
President Milan Milutinovic is indicted with former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic and three other officials on charges of atrocities against the Albanian majority in Kosovo in 1999.
Yugoslavia has declined to send Mr. Milutinovic to the court for trial because of the immunity he enjoyed as president.
Mr. Milutinovic remained Serbia's president after reformers ousted Mr. Milosevic in October 2000.

FRANCE
Airport worker arrested; weapons found in his car
PARIS Police have arrested a baggage handler at Paris' main international airport after guns, explosives and detonators were found hidden in his car, French media said yesterday.
The employee of Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport, identified as an Algerian, was arrested on Friday night on suspicion of possessing arms and explosives, France 3 and LCI television said, quoting police sources.
The airport, which handles around 100,000 passengers per day at its three hubs, is where Briton Richard Reid managed to board a Miami-bound plane a year ago with explosives hidden in the sole of his shoe.

IVORY COAST
Rebels to release American missionary
ABIDJAN Rebels in Ivory Coast said yesterday that a U.S. missionary caught behind their lines was safe and well, and would soon be handed over to the Red Cross.
The U.S. Embassy in the West African country declined to comment on the location of William Foster, a Lutheran missionary who had been living for the past eight years at Toulepleu, near the Liberian border.

PHILIPPINES
President won't seek re-election in 2004
MANILA Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, in a bombshell anouncement, said today she would not seek a new term in the 2004 elections, citing the negative effects of political infighting in the country.
Mrs. Arroyo was elected vice president under President Joseph Estrada but took over the top job in January 2001, when he was ousted in a popular revolt backed by army generals and the influential Roman Catholic Church.

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