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By Boot, Max | The Christian Science Monitor, June 2, 1993 | Go to article overview

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Boot, Max, The Christian Science Monitor


RUMP YUGOSLAVIA TILTS TO HARD LINE President Dobrica Cosic of rump Yugoslavia was ousted by a parliamentary no-confidence vote June 1, plunging the country into new confusion and boosting the power of the hard-line faction in Belgrade. Mr. Cosic angered Serb nationalists by his moderate stance and by conducting secret territorial discussions with Croatia, where Serbs occupy nearly one-third of the country. As deputies voted in Belgrade, the besieged Bosnian capital of Sarajevo came under renewed Serb shelling, the latest fighting in 14 months of civil war. In further violence, gunmen in Bosnian army uniforms abducted five civilian Italian aid drivers in central Bosnia on May 30 and killed three of them after marching them into the woods. Meanwhile, besieged Muslim enclaves in eastern Bosnia continued to come under heavy Serb attacks that stymied United Nations relief efforts. Talks in Pakistan

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and arch-rival Benazir Bhutto agreed May 31 to hold their first talks in five years to try to end Pakistan's political turmoil. The surprise truce was announced in the midst of a fresh political crisis after the dissolution of two provincial assemblies in two days and doubts over the future of the remaining two. Churchillian furor

Winston Churchill, a member of Parliament who is the grandson of Britain's wartime leader, has provoked howls of outrage over his insistence that "a relentless flow" of immigration is threatening "the British way of life." Politicians and community leaders charge that Mr. Churchill's speech last week in which he identified large numbers of Indians and Muslims as threats could fan the flames of hatred. US-Australia air war

Australia on June 1 stepped up a bitter dispute with the United States over air services between the two countries by ordering Northwest Airlines to cut one of its weekly flights. Washington promptly responded by saying it would retaliate with sanctions against Australia's Qantas. …

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