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Senators tell Yugoslavia that Milosevic trial needed

Two U.S. senators on a visit to Yugoslavia told pro-democracy leaders on Saturday that former President Slobodan Milosevic must be tried for war crimes if the country wants to fully rejoin the international community.

Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., and Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, are the first U.S. legislators to travel to Yugoslavia since diplomatic relations were re-established after Milosevic's removal from power on Oct. 5.

"We have tried to impress upon the leaders here that the issue of Milosevic is important internationally and in the U.S.," said Voinovich, who is of Serbian descent. "We need to see some effort here."

South Africa seeks

new trade allies

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa _ South Africa, long dependent on Europe and the United States for most of its trade, is casting its eyes elsewhere _ and not simply in search of new markets.

Seeking allies in the free-trade fight that has been stewing since the World Trade Organization's meeting a year ago in Seattle, South Africa is turning to its fellow economic powers in the developing world, looking east to India, north to Egypt, and especially west to Brazil.

In a long step toward building such an alliance, South Africa agreed this month to begin negotiations on joining Mercosur, the six-country South American trading bloc anchored by Brazil.

Parachutists plan millennium jump

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia _ Parachutists from the United States and elsewhere began practice jumps off the world's tallest building Saturday for what they hope will be a record to last 1,000 years _ leaping from one millennium and landing in another.

The 15 jumpers plan to leap from Malaysia's gleaming twin Petronas Towers, each 1,483 feet tall, a few seconds before midnight today and land just past midnight in what purists insist is truly the start of the new millennium, not a year ago when most celebrations took place.

Colombian president warns peace at risk

BOGOTA, Colombia _ President Andres Pastrana said there was "serious evidence" linking leftist guerrillas to the assassination of a congressman who led a peace committee. He warned Saturday that the peace process was at risk.

Rep. Diego Turbay, his mother, brother-in-law, and four others were killed Friday when gunmen stopped their vehicle on a highway near Doncello in southern Colombia.

There was evidence FARC was behind Friday's killings, Pastrana said in remarks broadcast Saturday on the radio. "If it is demonstrated that it was the FARC, logically it puts in danger the peace process," he said.

Report: Japan to develop advanced aircraft

TOKYO _ Japan plans to independently develop a range of advanced military aircraft over a 10-year period beginning next year, a news report said Saturday.

Opposition to the plan could come from the United States, which in the past has called on Tokyo to buy U.S. fighter planes.

The Defense Agency will invest about $3-billion to develop an advanced anti-submarine patrol plane called the PX, Kyodo News agency said.

The plane would replace the P-3C planes developed by the United States, Kyodo said.

Elsewhere . . .

EGYPTAIR REMAINS: The first remains of Egyptian victims of EgyptAir Flight 990 arrived home in Egypt on Saturday, more than a year after the plane bound from New York to Cairo crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. Among them were the remains of co-pilot Gamil El-Batouty, who U.S. authorities suggested put the Boeing 767 into its fatal dive.

PARIS RECORD: Attracted by its monuments and romantic aura, more than 26-million tourists visited Paris in 2000, setting a record for the number of visitors to the French capital in one year.

DEADLY WORK: Thirty Roman Catholic missionaries died in the line of duty over the past year, including three who died while nursing victims of the deadly African Ebola virus outbreak, the news service of the Vatican's missionary arm said Saturday.