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Independence vote officially confirmed

PODGORICA — Final results from Montenegro’s referendum confirmed victory for the pro-independence bloc, voting officials said yesterday, effectively ending a union with Serbia dating back to 1918.

Referendum commission head Frantisek Lipka told reporters that final results showed 55.5 percent had voted for independence, surpassing the 55 percent target majority set by the European Union for recognition of the result.

In a quick and curt reaction, the Serbian government said through state news agency Tanjug that with confirmation of the final results Serbia “becomes the successor state to Serbia and Montenegro.”


Lawmakers demand troops’ prosecution

KABUL — Parliament demanded prosecution of U.S. soldiers involved in a deadly road crash that sparked Kabul’s worst unrest since the Taliban’s downfall, and President Bush spoke yesterday with the Afghan leader and pledged a full investigation.

The National Assembly passed a nonbinding motion Tuesday, one day after anti-foreigner riots that paralyzed the capital. The unrest was sparked by the accident in which a U.S. truck plowed into a line of cars, killing up to five Afghans.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Taliban militants overran a police district headquarters — the latest sign that the Afghan government has only shaky control of the countryside.


Milosevic death not from poison

AMSTERDAM — Slobodan Milosevic defied doctors’ orders to quit smoking and took unauthorized medication smuggled to him in prison, according to a U.N. war-crimes tribunal report into his death yesterday.

In the most complete survey of events leading to the former Yugoslav president’s death in March, the report cleared U.N. authorities of giving inadequate medical care, and said the fatal heart attack probably could not have been prevented.

The report by the tribunal’s vice president said special privileges accorded to Milosevic compromised security at the U.N. detention unit, enabling him to receive nonprescribed medications.


Corruption scandal topples government

VILNIUS, Lithuania — Lithuania’s three-party government collapsed yesterday with the withdrawal of a key coalition partner being investigated on corruption accusations.

Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas announced that the Baltic country’s government was resigning after an emergency meeting with his ministers.

The move came after the Labor Party, which held 31 seats in the 141-seat Parliament, dropped out of the coalition, leaving the government well short of a majority in the assembly.


Spain returns illegal immigrants

DAKAR — Spain yesterday started sending back to Senegal some of nearly 9,000 Africans whose arrival by boat in the Canary Islands this year has led to a diplomatic drive by Madrid to close the door on illegal immigration.

After talks in Dakar with Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, Spain’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Bernardino Leon said 100 migrants from Senegal were being flown home yesterday.

They represent the first batch of more than 600 who would be repatriated in the coming days.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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