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Bosnian Serb pleads guilty to war crime
THE HAGUE Bosnian Serb wartime leader Biljana Plavsic, one of the highest-ranking suspects at the U.N. war-crimes tribunal, pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of crimes against humanity.
Plavsic, 72, has been named as a potential witness against other leading suspects, such as former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, now on trial for genocide and war crimes in the Balkan wars of the 1990s.
Plavsic, the only woman indicted by the court, was vice president of the Bosnian Serbs' self-declared republic during the war, led by her ally, Radovan Karadzic.

U.S. team to probe Ukraine sales to Iraq
KIEV The United States plans to send a team of specialists to Ukraine to investigate whether the former Soviet republic has sold a radar system to Iraq and will consider punitive measures beyond halting $54 million in aid, the U.S. ambassador said yesterday.
The agreement on the arrival of a U.S. team with military and technical expertise came during a two-day visit by Assistant Secretary of State Elizabeth Jones, who pressed President Leonid Kuchma on evidence that he personally approved the sale of a radar system to Iraq.

American deserter settles in N. Korea
TOKYO An American serviceman who defected to North Korea later married a Japanese woman who had been abducted by North Korean agents, and both were living in the North's capital, Pyongyang, a senior Japanese official said yesterday.
The serviceman, Charles Robert Jenkins of North Carolina, was one of four Americans who deserted their Army posts in South Korea in the 1960s. The Pentagon first confirmed that the four were alive and living in North Korea in 1996.
Japanese officials returned Tuesday from a mission in North Korea to get information on 13 Japanese citizens whom North Korea admitted last month to kidnapping.

Saudis denounce Jerusalem recognition
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia Key U.S. ally Saudi Arabia denounced yesterday a U.S. measure identifying Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying it would embolden the Jewish state to adopt even more hard-line policies against the Palestinians.
A Saudi spokesman quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency expressed the kingdom's "extreme concern" at the measure, requiring President Bush to recognize the disputed city, holy to Jews, Christian and Muslims, as Israel's capital.
Israel annexed Arab East Jerusalem, encompassing one of Islam's holiest shrines, after capturing it in the 1967 Middle East war.

Swedish leader survives no-confidence vote
STOCKHOLM Prime Minister Goeran Persson survived a motion of no-confidence yesterday after a late-night agreement gave him the legislative support needed to renew his center-left minority government.
The vote of 174 against a declaration of no-confidence, 158 in favor and 17 abstaining was along party lines as expected, with only the four nonsocialist parties supporting the measure.

Houses collapse in ancient Syrian city
ALEPPO, Syria At least 31 persons were killed yesterday when old houses in Syria's second-largest city of Aleppo collapsed, Syrian police officials said.
They said 21 persons were injured, four of whom were hospitalized in critical condition. More than a dozen houses collapsed in one of the poorest quarters of the city, where shoddy one- and two-story buildings are cramped together.

More blood spilled in Kashmir elections
SRINAGAR, India Suspected Islamic militants renewed a bloody assault in Indian Kashmir yesterday as India pressed ahead with state elections that had triggered a bout of anti-poll violence.
After a third phase of voting Tuesday in which 18 persons died in the bloodiest voting day since elections started another 13 died yesterday in separate attacks by suspected militant separatists.

Norway celebrates big whale harvest
OSLO Norway's whalers harpooned 634 whales in 2002, the biggest catch since Oslo resumed commercial hunts a decade ago in defiance of a global ban, a pro-whaling lobby group said yesterday.
About 892 tons of minke whale meat will be sold to Norwegians, who mostly eat it fried. Another 63 tons of creamy blubber, disliked by Norwegians, will be frozen and stored in the hope that it can be exported as a delicacy to Japan, the group said.

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