Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

World

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Vowing not to participate in a second round of elections, opposition Yugoslav presidential candidate Vojislav Kostunica, called for a peaceful general boycott to force incumbent Slobodan Milosevic to admit defeat. Kostunica's allies asked supporters to keep their children at home and not to report for work until Milosevic yields power. The move came as the influential Serbian Orthodox Church issued a statement referring to Kostunica as "president-elect," urging him "to assume the state government peacefully and with dignity."

The worst violence in years erupted at a hotly contested religious site in Jerusalem as hundreds of Palestinian youths clashed with Israeli riot police. Reports said 25 Israelis and six Palestinians were hurt. The clash was blamed on the visit to the Temple Mount by right-wing opposition leader Ariel Sharon and a group of his Likud movement supporters, which Palestinians called a provocation. The site, known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif, is an obstacle to a final peace settlement between the rivals.

Hundreds of Indo-nesian students clashed with police in downtown Jakarta after a court dismissed corruption charges against ex- President Suharto. A five-judge panel terminated prosecution of Suharto for allegedly stealing about $600 million in public money after a team of 23 physicians declared him unfit to participate in a trial. Prosecutors said they'd appeal the decision. …

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