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November 11, 2000 | PAUL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Washington's effort to neutralize Bosnian Serb nationalists faces a serious threat today as the party founded by indicted war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic goes into elections well ahead in opinion polls. The Serbian Democratic Party, or SDS, which Karadzic created a decade ago to promote Bosnian Serb nationalism, insists it has nothing more to do with Karadzic. Five years after the end of the Bosnian war, he is still in hiding to escape arrest on charges of genocide and other war crimes.
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November 2, 2000 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a key gesture toward reconciliation between Serbs and Kosovo's ethnic Albanians, new Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica on Wednesday freed imprisoned activist Flora Brovina, who quickly returned to Kosovo to rejoin her family and receive a hero's welcome.
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October 20, 2000 | From Associated Press
Bosnian Serb students pelted U.S. peacekeepers with eggs and stoned Muslim-owned businesses Thursday to press their demand that Bosnian Muslims leave this ethnically tense city. Two people were injured and 10 arrested, Police Chief Dusko Kokanovic said. He urged authorities to declare a state of emergency in Brcko, where the students demonstrated for a third straight day.
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October 18, 2000 | PAUL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Serbia's revenge of the nerds began with a call from a former paramilitary commander with a love of the Internet and an urgent need for recruits. Dragan Vasiljkovic had one crucial assignment left on Oct. 6, as the uprising against Slobodan Milosevic entered its last, critical phase: Seize the customs department from one of Milosevic's most powerful cronies, Mihalj Kertes. The silver-haired Vasiljkovic, 45, hadn't seen battle in years and hadn't slept for two days.
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October 14, 2000 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ratko Tisanovic's eyes move unconsciously to his calloused hands as he ponders how his role in the brutal siege of Sarajevo changed his life. "Before the war, you couldn't find what we had anywhere else in Europe," recalls the former restaurateur who now earns barely enough from a sawmill job just outside Sarajevo to pay for the cigarettes that help take his mind off hunger and sorrow. "But we lost all of this because we went to war for a state of our own," he concedes.
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October 11, 2000 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There are celebrations in the streets of Belgrade and high hopes in Western capitals now that Slobodan Milosevic's destructive reign has ended. But in the tiny republic of Montenegro there is only fear that the world expects a reinvigorated Yugoslavia to rise up along with the democratic masses. After years of abuse by Serbia, the dominant partner in the Yugoslav federation, Montenegrins have trained their sights on independence.
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October 11, 2000 | PAUL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica struggled to solidify power amid political bickering and the threat of a backlash by rogue police units, allies of ousted leader Slobodan Milosevic broke off talks Tuesday on handing over control of Serbia's government.
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October 10, 2000 | PAUL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The political battle against allies of deposed leader Slobodan Milosevic almost erupted into a real shootout outside the Serbian parliament Monday as bodyguards for an ultranationalist leader responded to a hail of rocks from protesters by firing handguns into the air.
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October 10, 2000 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Policemen used to take Velimir Ilic aside after his rants against the dictatorship at rallies in this Serbian town. But instead of the warning he expected, they whispered him secret encouragement to keep up the good work. At first, the mayor was suspicious.
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October 10, 2000 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Milo Djukanovic of Montenegro suffered unspecified injuries and was hospitalized Monday night after his limousine crashed on a mountain road despite a security cordon meant to protect a figure whose defiance of Slobodan Milosevic was crucial in toppling the Yugoslav dictator. News of the crash initially triggered alarm in top government offices here because it was assumed to have been an attempt on the pro-Western president's life.
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