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control of parliament
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) - Mobs
seeking to topple Slobodan Milosevic turned
their fury on his centers of power yesterday,
leaving parliament and other key Belgrade
sites in shambles and flames.
The 13-year rule of the Yugoslav president
appeared to have collapsed.
"As of today, Serbia is again a democratic
nation," declared an opposition leader, Nebojsa
Covic, referring to Yugoslavia's main republic.
"It belongs to all of us, to Europe and to the
Earlier in the day, hundreds of thousands
of people swarmed through the capital to
demand that Milosevic accept his apparent
electoral defeat by Vojislav Kostunica in the
Sept. 24 election. The uprising developed
with stunning speed, swelling as security
forces showed little willingness to battle the
largest anti-Milosevic protest ever.
Some police who did fire on demonstrators
The government's Tanjug news agency,
which defected to the opposition, said two
people were killed and 65 injured in the riot-
All but 12 of the injured were treated and
released from hospitals, Tanjug said.
Many police put down their clubs and
joined flag-waving crowds as they surged
across central Belgrade through clouds of
As demonstrators charged and riot police
cowered behind helmets and shields, the fed-
eral parliament building, the state broadcast-
ing center and police station fell in quick
Protesters tossed documents and portraits
of Milosevic through the broken windows of
the parliament complex. Smoke billowed
from the building and from the state televi-
sion headquarters nearby.
AcROSS THE NATION"
Committee passes auto safety bill
WASHINGTON - Legislation aimed at preventing future automotive
tragedies like the Firestone tire deaths was passed unanimously by the House
Commerce Committee yesterday, raising hopes among supporters that it -May
reach the president this year.
The bill would expand the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's
authority and budget to investigate possible automotive defects. It also prop s
prison sentences of up to 15 years for auto industry executives who withh d
information on defective products that kill or injure consumers.
Few days are left before legislators adjourn, and many bills are competing for
lawmakers' attention. Supporters said the auto safety bill's 42-0 committee
approval was a major victory.
"The American public is expecting Congress not to leave here without
passing this important safety legislation," said Sally Greenberg, senior
product safety counsel with Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer
Reports magazine. "There's a tremendous amount of pressure to get some-
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), is the result of several
hearings on the recall of 6.5 million Firestone ATX, ATX II and Wilderness
tires. NHTSA is investigating Firestone tires in connection with 101 U.S. tra c
deaths and more than 400 injuries.
Opposition supporters wave the Serbian flag as they climb
up to a window outside of the federal parliament building in
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But fresh clashes erupted hours
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The attempted cease-fire - the
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surrounding today's Muslim prayers,
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and the West Bank illustrated what
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prospects that peace talks between
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telephone company messenger
commune, kills 40 alerted them a day afterward.
In a separate incident in another
HANOI, Vietnam - A landslide northern province, Bac Kan, st
triggered by flash flooding buried river currents fueled by heavy r s
an entire commune and surging swept away the structural supports
river currents destroyed a bridge in from a suspension bridge early
northern Vietnam, claiming more Wednesday morning, the television
than 50 lives, state-run Vietnam network reported.
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members of five families. 12 people are dead," military
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about 370 miles northwest of told The Associated Press.
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