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Bin Laden, at celebration, lauds bombing of USS Cole

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Osama bin Laden, the world's most wanted Islamic militant, has applauded the bombing of the USS Cole in Aden, describing the detroyer as a ship of injustice that sailed to its doom.

Bin Laden's remarks were recorded at a family celebration Monday in Afghanistan and broadcast today on satellite from Qatar.

"In Aden, the young men stood up for holy war and destroyed a destroyer feared by the powerful," he said. He spoke of the ship as having sailed "to its doom" along a course of "false arrogance, self-conceit and strength."

Two suicide bombers detonated a small boat full of explosives alongside the USS Cole as it refueled Oct. 2 in Aden harbor, Yemen, killing 17 American sailors and wounding 39 others.

Yemeni and U.S. investigators say they have no evidence linking the attack to bin Laden, but one of the suspects told interrogators he believed he was acting under orders from the Saudi dissident.

Aide says Milosevic plans to ignore any summons

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) -- Slobodan Milosevic will ignore any summons to appear for questioning about alleged wrongdoing ranging from fraud to war crimes during his 13 years in power, an associate said today.

"Milosevic told me personally that he'll never answer to any court subpoena," said Sinisa Vucinic of the Yugoslav neo-communist party led by Milosevic's wife, Mirjana Markovic.

Vucinic was among 50 Milosevic supporters lined up today on the street where Milosevic lives vowing to protect the ex-president from arrest and to prevent officials from delivering a summons to Milosevic for questioning.

Zivorad Igic, another Milosevic top aide, warned of "civil clashes" if Milosevic is arrested.

But support for Milosevic has melted away since October, when a brief revolution forced him to acknowledge that he lost elections and he stepped down.

Yugoslav authorities took the first legal step Wednesday against Milosevic, ordering a police probe into reports that he spirited huge amounts of gold out of the country.

NATO team tries to quell violence outside Kosovo

BUJANOVAC, Yugoslavia (AP) -- Heavy shooting erupted in two ethnic Albanian areas just outside Kosovo on Wednesday as NATO dispatched a team to one of the front lines in the unrest in hopes of quelling the new violence in the Balkans.

The fighting broke out in southern Serbia and northern Macedonia, two volatile neighboring regions bordering Kosovo where ethnic Albanian rebels have taken up arms against government forces.

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