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Milosevic aide surrenders to war-crimes court

THE HAGUE Slobodan Milosevic's top aide during a Serbian crackdown in Kosovo joined his former leader behind bars yesterday to face charges of waging a terror campaign against ethnic Albanians in Kosovo in 1999.

Former Yugoslav Deputy Prime Minister Nikola Sainovic, indicted alongside the ousted Yugoslav president for mass killings and expulsions of Kosovo Albanians, is the second member of Mr. Milosevic's inner circle to surrender to the court in a week.

U.N. seeks more food for Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan The U.N. World Food Program (WFP) appealed yesterday for $28 million in urgent food aid to help millions of Afghans once again threatened by a hunger crisis.

Burke Oberle, director of WFP operations in Afghanistan, said the appeal is aimed to help the drought-stricken people through the most difficult food shortage of the year before the harvest season begins in July.

About 9 million Afghans, 40 percent of the country's population, will need nearly 275,000 tons of food aid until the harvest period starts, a press release issued by Mr. Oberle said. The WFP faces a shortage of 75,000 tons of food, which will cost $28 million, the release noted.

U.S. military in Georgia seeks low involvement

TBILISI, Georgia U.S. military experts training Georgia's disorderly armed forces to combat Islamic militants, said yesterday that Washington had no plans to get embroiled in the ex-Soviet state's secessionist disputes.

Washington says the $64 million "train and equip" program, part of the U.S. war on terrorism, will enable Tbilisi to tackle Islamic guerrillas in the country's lawless Pankisi Gorge.

They are said to be linked to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network, blamed by Washington for the September 11 attacks.

Bosnian police win praise from NATO

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina NATO-led peacekeepers praised Bosnian police yesterday for helping uncover links between the head of an Islamic charity arrested in the United States and Saudi-born fugitive Osama bin Laden.

In Chicago on Tuesday, U.S. agents arrested Syrian-born Enaam Arnout, the 39-year-old executive director of the Benevolence International Foundation, on suspicion of supporting terrorist activity, including bin Laden's al Qaeda network.

Spokesman Scott Lundy said the NATO Stabilization Force was pleased to see that evidence led to Mr. Arnout's arrest.

HIV-positive protesters demand drugs in S. Africa

JOHANNESBURG Thousands of HIV-positive South Africans marched yesterday to demand a drug that saves babies from the deadly AIDS disease as the state appealed against a court ruling that it must offer the drug immediately.

The protesters waved signs and sang songs outside the Constitutional Court, where the state began its appeal against a lower court ruling. The ruling said the state has a constitutional duty to offer immediate access to nevirapine, a drug said to cut by up to half the transmission of HIV from mothers to their babies.

South Africa has the world's highest number of people living with HIV-AIDS, but its government had provoked international controversy by questioning the link between HIV and AIDS and by blocking wide access to drugs it deemed costly and toxic.

Musharraf seeks unity after referendum

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf offered an olive branch to his political foes yesterday after a disputed referendum to extend his rule for five more years.

In a brief televised speech two days after the vote, which was boycotted by mainstream political parties, Gen. Musharraf called on his opponents to "seriously review" their policies and to join efforts to tackle Pakistan's problems.

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