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BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro
(AP) - The man arrested for
allegedly assassinating Serbia's pro-
Western prime minister ran an elite
police unit tied to organized crime
and former Yugoslav President Slo-
bodan Milosevic, authorities said
Prime Minister Zoran Zivkovic, who
succeeded Zoran Djindjic after his
March 12 ambush slaying, identified
the suspect as Zvezdan Jovanovic, a
deputy commander of the Unit for Spe-
cial Operations used by the former
Yugoslav president during the 1990s
wars in Bosnia and Croatia. Jovanovic
was arrested Monday.
The Serbian government later
ordered the unit disbanded, saying its
300 members must return their
weapons, uniforms and insignia within
30 days.
Police also detained Sasa Pejakovic
on suspicion of aiding Jovanovic,
Zivkovic said.
The prime minister said police uncov-
ered a German-made sniper rifle sus-
pected of being the murder weapon used
to assassinate Djindjic as he left an
armored car in front of his downtown
Belgrade headquarters. The weapon was
found buried in the Serbian capital.
Late yesterday, a police statement
said tests performed by ballistics
experts indicated that Jovanovic
"undoubtedly" fired the bullet that
killed Djindjic.
Jovanovic had ties to the Zemun
Clan, an organized crime ring
blamed by authorities for plotting
and carrying out Djindjic's slaying,
Zivkovic said.
"This is not the end of the investiga-
tion," he said. "We are happy with what
has been done, but we won't be satis-
fied until all those involved in this
murder are arrested and tried."
Milosevic's regime allowed crime fig-
ures to fight with notorious paramilitary
units in the Balkan wars. After the con-
flicts, he gave them a free hand to join
regular police forces linked to under-
world figures running lucrative drug
trafficking operations, authorities said.
Djindjic made enemies by declaring
war on 9rgwzed crime, which flou
ished in Serbia under Milosevic's rule.
He also angered some Serbs by pledg-
ing to arrest war crimes suspects want-
ed by the U1;. tibunal in F uague,.
Netherlands, where Milosevic now is
being tried.
Bush's tax
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cut pa
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate
voted yesterday to slash President
Bush's proposed $726 billion tax-cut-
ting package in half, handing the presi-
dent a defeat on the foundation of his
plan to awaken the nation's slumbering

The vote to shrink the tax reduction
to $350 billion through 2013 was a
major coup for Democrats. Joined by a
handful of moderate Republicans, they
have been trying to shoot down the
president's proposed tax cuts or make
them smaller, arguing they make no
sense with an expensive war with Iraq
under way and federal deficits expect-
ed to soar to new records.
Even as signs have emerged about
public concern over the war, polls
show Bush continues to have strong
support from voters for his perform-
ance as president. Even so, yester-
day's vote underlined that his
popularity has not cowed Democratic
rivals from challenging his domestic
The Senate's 51-48 vote came the
same day Bush formally asked Con-
gress to rush him $74.7 billion to pay
for the initial costs of the Iraqi war and
other expenses of the U.S. war against
Members of both parties said they
expect the price tag of Bush's war
package to grow by billions before
congressional approval. With the war
spending likely to push this year's fed-
eral deficit toward $400 billion or
beyond, Democrats and moderate
Republicans were emboldened to push
their amendment to make the tax cut
"What you're seeing is more con-
cern than there was last week" about
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SEOUL, South Korea
North Korea: U.S. preparing an attack
North Korea claimed again yesterday the United States may attack the commu-
nist state after the war in Iraq and spark a "second Iraqi crisis."
North Korea accused Washington of inciting a dispute over the North's suspect-
ed nuclear weapons programs to create an excuse for invasion.
"No one can vouch that the U.S. will not spark the second Iraqi crisis on the
Korean Peninsula," North Korea's state-run Minju Joson newspaper said.
North Korea will "increase its national defense power on its own without the
slightest vacillation no matter what others may say," the paper said.
On Monday, Pyongyang said Washington was using the war against Iraq as a
test for military action against the North, labeled by President Bush part of an
"axis of evil" with Iran and Iraq.
South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun dismissed the allegation as "inaccurate
and groundless" and said U.S. officials repeatedly have pledged to resolve the
issue peacefully.
Early this month, President Bush said he believed the standoff could be
resolved diplomatically, but noted it could be resolved militarily if diplomacy
The standoff flared in October when U.S. officials said Pyongyang admitted
having a secret nuclear program in violation of a 1994 pact.
Palestinian children, gunmen killed in W. Bank
Israeli forces killed two children and three gunmen in the West Bank yesterday,
doctors and Israeli Radio said. Three Palestinians were sentenced to life in prison by
an Israeli military court.
Israeli forces looking for suspected Hamas militants in Bethlehem shot three Pales-
tinian gunmen dead after they opened fire on the soldiers from a car, Israel Radio
said. The report said soldiers then opened fire on another car they thought was trying
to run them over, killing a 10-year-old girl. The Israeli military had no immediate
A spokeswoman at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem said three wounded were
brought there from Bethlehem - a father, mother and 15-year-old girl.
In the West Bank town of Jenin, a 14-year-old boy was killed and a 12-year-old
boy was seriously wounded by fire from an Israeli tank, doctors said. The Israeli mili-
tary said they were shot while climbing on an armored vehicle and trying to steal a
machine gun.
In the Gaza Strip, soldiers opened fire on two suspicious figures near the Jewish
settlement of Morag, hitting one, military sources said.

Order delays release
of historic documents
President Bush issued an executive
order yesterday that will delay the
release of millions of historical docu-
ments for more than three years and
make it easier to reclassify information
that could damage national security.
Bush signed the 25-page order three
weeks before the government's April 17
deadline for the automatic declassifica-
tion of millions of papers 25 years or
Historians and declassification
experts have mixed reactions to Bush's
order. Some say its provisions are less
restrictive than they expected and oth-
ers argue it further cloaks government
activities. a . .k
Amending a less restrictive order
signed by President Clinton, Bush's
action gives agencies until the end of
2906 to rejlpase the hocunp.ents - a
wide gamut of national security deci-
sion-making, from military records to
diplomatic documents.
Court upholds secret
trial for terror suspect
A federal appeals court ruled Mon-
day that the government can keep secret
some of the proceedings in the case of
the only person charged in the United
States in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror
The court ruled that a May 6 hearing
in Zacarias Moussaoui's case will be
closed to the public, and that certain

classified witness statements submitted
by prosecutors may be kept from the
According to previously unsealed
documents, Moussaoui wants the gov-
ernment to produce Ramzi Binalshibh,
who is alleged to have helped plan the
Sept. 11 attacks, so he can testify for
Federal Judge Leonie Brinkema has
issued a secret ruling that would allow
Moussaoui access to Binalshibh,
according to a government official
speaking on condition of anonymity.
Tourists caughit fatal
disease on pane trip
Adding to fears that a deadly flu-like
illness is being spread by air-'travelers,
Hong Kong officials said yesterday nine
tourists apparently came down with the
deadly disease after another passenger
infected thenon a flighttoBeijing.,.a
The World Health Organization
insisted air travel is safe but said its sci-
entists are investigating each case to
make sure the disease is not spread
through ventilation.
In recent weeks severe acute respira-
tory syndrome, or SARS, has spread
beyond hospitals, where dozens of
health care workers became infected, to
schools, with at least four closed for
several days, and now to air travelers.
Hong Kong officials said the nine
tourists became sick after a mainland
Chinese man with SARS infected
them on a March 15 Air China flight
to Beijing.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.



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