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Milosevic blames deaths on smugglers

Denying a cover-up of war crimes, Slobodan Milosevic told the U.N. tribunal Tuesday that ethnic Albanians whose bodies were packed into a freezer truck and dumped into the Danube River were victims of human traffickers, not Serb army troops.

"We are talking here about an organized criminal group. People had drowned when the lorry toppled and ended up in the river," the former Yugoslav president said during his cross-examination of a Serb police captain.

Dragan Karleusa testified about the investigation last year into the discovery of 86 Kosovo Albanians who were driven into the Danube three years ago. The corpses were later retrieved, and police suspect they were reburied at a police training base near Belgrade, in what prosecutors contend was an attempt to conceal evidence of war crimes.

Bosko Radojkovic, a policeman who handled the freezer truck when it surfaced in the Danube River near the Romanian border in April 1999, testified Tuesday that his superiors ordered the corpses removed from the truck and that the vehicle be destroyed.

Radojkovic said police technicians extracted 86 corpses who "suffered different injuries from sharp and blunt objects." Police and local workers loaded the bodies onto a flatbed truck, which was driven in the direction of central Serbia, he said.

Explosion in Medellin kills one, injures nine others

BOGOTA, Colombia _ A bomb exploded Tuesday in front of a Medellin restaurant where politicians and journalists traditionally gather, killing a former congressman and injuring nine other people, authorities said.

Police in Medellin said the explosion was caused by a bomb thrown from a passing car. National police chief Ernesto Gilibert said initial evidence pointed to leftist rebels as authors of the attack. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The dead man was identified as Hildebrando Giraldo Parra, a former member of congress, civil defense officials said. Among the injured were at least two reporters and a city council member, according to radio reports.

Saudi prince dies on way to cousin's funeral

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia _ The Saudi royal family suffered a double tragedy when a prince driving to the funeral of his cousin _ a prince who owned Kentucky Derby-winner War Emblem _ was killed in a car accident Tuesday.

Prince Sultan bin Faisal bin Turki bin Abdullah was driving before dawn from the western Saudi town of Taif to the capital, Riyadh, for the late afternoon funeral of his cousin, Prince Ahmed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz.

Joint funeral prayers were held for the princes at the Imam Turki bin Abdullah mosque, the kingdom's largest. The cousins were later buried side by side at Oudh cemetery.

November 17 terror suspect pleads innocent

ATHENS, Greece _ A 58-year-old Paris-born Greek pleaded innocent Tuesday to multiple murder charges arising out of his alleged creation and leadership of November 17, the left-wing terror group that assassinated 23 people _ including four American officials _ over nearly three decades.

After a 30-minute, closed door arraignment, Alexandros Giotopoulos was returned to jail to await trial. No date was set. His lawyer, Yiannis Rahiotis, said Giotopoulos "rejects the accusation" against him, which could result in a life prison term.

Police claim other suspected members of November 17 have identified Giotopoulos as the group's leader and that they found evidence linking Giotopoulos to a November 17 weapons cache.

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