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  • Eight people are injured in a rocket attack in Kosovo
  • Yugoslav president criticizes rival in German weekly


  • Bush says "nothing’s changed" on Iraq


  • Rumsfeld meets with generals on ways to press the hunt for al-Qaida
  • Spain rejects Moroccan demand on two Spanish enclaves






  • Eight people, including a former rebel leader, have been injured by a rocket launched against a restaurant in western Kosovo, a military spokesman reported Sunday. The incident happened Saturday evening in Pec, some 85 kilometers (53 miles) west of province’s capital Pristina, where the rocket was fired, said Capt. Paolo Fanin, a spokesman for the NATO-led peacekeepers. The rocket did not detonate. Several shots were also fired at the restaurant, he said. The eight people injured in the attack were taken to the town’s civilian hospital. None of them suffered serious injuries, a statement said. Among the injured was Tahir Zemaj, a former rebel leader, said Igor Yudin, a UN police spokesman. Following the attack, peacekeepers found one of two cars suspects used to flee in burned in a nearby village. A second car was stopped by peacekeepers at a checkpoint in the area and its three occupants were handed over to UN police, Fanin said. Their status was not known Sunday. Police said the incident was under investigation, but they ruled out political motives behind it.(AP 041509 Aug 02 GMT)




  • Yugoslav President Kostunica has accused his rival, Serbian Prime Minister Djindjic, of ignoring the will of the people and trying to call elections before reforming the country’s laws. "Neither the Serbian parliament nor the Serbian government reflect the will of the people any longer," Kostunica told Die Welt am Sonntag weekly in an interview released Saturday. "What remains is an artificially created body that no longer represents the election results in any way." "I set the law of the state above all else and Prime Minister Djindjic speeds ahead with reforms, which he pushes through using laws that date back to Milosevic’s time," Kostunica said. Kostunica told Die Welt am Sonntag that by calling new Serbian presidential elections, instead of first reforming Serbia's laws, Djindjic was jumping ahead of himself.(AP 031742 Aug 02 GMT)





  • President Bush said on Saturday "nothing's changed" regarding U.S. policy on Iraq following Baghdad’s offer to hold talks with UN weapons inspectors, which Washington had earlier dismissed. "Nothing’s changed," Bush told reporters in response to a question about Iraq policy. "I’m a patient man. I’ll use all of the tools at our disposal" to deal with the threat, he said, referring to U.S. charges that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is developing weapons of mass destruction. Speaking moments earlier at a political fundraiser, Bush said: "We owe it to the future of civilization not to allow the world’s worst leaders to develop and deploy and therefore blackmail the freedom-loving nations with the world’s worst weapons ... "I can assure you I understand history has called us into action and this country will defend freedom no matter what the cost." (Reuters 2117 030802 Aug 02 GMT)





  • Top defense officials met to plot better ways to hunt down al-Qaida terrorists, considering especially covert commando missions to capture and kill leaders of the scattered network, officials said. In a recent memo, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld asked Gen. Charles R. Holland of the U.S. Special Operations Command and other senior military leaders to come up with new ideas for tracking down Osama bin Laden’s network, two officials said on condition of anonymity Friday. In a series of meetings Friday with Rumsfeld, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Richard Myers and other senior uniformed leaders, Holland was presenting a plan he is developing for covert missions aimed at attacking terrorist cells worldwide, one official said. It could include operations by the Army’s elite Delta Force, Navy SEALS and others acting on intelligence gained about terror cells around the globe, one official said. Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clarke declined to talk about Holland’s ideas and deflected questions on whether this meant the Pentagon was trying to intensify the hunt. "We’ve got aggressive efforts under way all the time, but we are constantly looking at ways to improve our capabilities, to make better use of our resources," she said.(AP 030345 Aug 02 GMT)


  • Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Saturday that there will be no negotiation with Morocco over the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla on the North African coast. "There is nothing to talk about Ceuta and Melilla, they are Spanish cities for centuries, recognized by the Spanish Constitution and by the international law," Rajoy said in response to remarks Friday by Morocco’s Communication Minister Mohamed Achaari. Achaari called for Moroccan mobilization to free the two enclave cities as well as a sprinkling of other islands that run east from Ceuta to the Algerian border. "This issue is not negotiable," Rajoy said.(AP 031434 Aug 02 GMT)










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