Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

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WORLD

THE HAGUE

War Crimes Tribunal Hears Background On Bosnia

Three judges who will decide whether Dusan Tadic is a sadistic monster or a victim of mistaken identity spent Wednesday learning the backdrop to his alleged atrocities in Bosnia.

Before witnesses testify next week, prosecutors at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague are giving a historical perspective to the Bosnian conflict using a Balkans specialist.

Throughout the day, prosecutor Grant Niemann questioned Balkans specialist James Gow of London University on the ethnic tensions that tore Yugoslavia apart in 1991.

The judges, with former U.S. federal judge Gabrielle Kirk McDonald presiding, watched snatches of a video, saw documents chronicling the breakup and studied graphs displaying the ethnic makeup of the Yugoslav national army accused of aiding the Bosnian Serb forces.

AP

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TERRORISM

Use Of Biological Warfare Called A `Matter Of Time'

The threat of biological terrorism - the use of disease instead of bombs to spread fear and chaos - has never been more imminent, experts warned in a report today.

A small bomb the size of a fish tank could kill millions if it were filled with anthrax spores, for example - and the technology is available to countless small groups with big grudges, said the report in the magazine New Scientist.

"It really is a matter of time," Raymond Zilinskas, a biologist at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, told the magazine. "I don't understand why it hasn't happened already."

Reuters

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NATION

TRANSPORTATION

Clinton Appoints Board To Avert Railroad Strike

President Bill Clinton moved Wednesday to avert a nationwide railroad strike, creating an emergency board to mediate a dispute between a rail workers' union and a group representing 50 rail companies.

Clinton appointed a three-member board to make recommendations for settling the dispute between the National Railway Labor Conference and the Transportation Communications International Union. …

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