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Journalist and another man killed in drive-by shooting

PRISTINA, Yugoslavia (AP) -- A local journalist and another ethnic Albanian traveling with him were killed in a drive-by shooting, U.N. police officials said on Saturday.

Shots were fired late Friday in the village of Lausa, about 30 miles west of the capital, Pristina, from a vehicle overtaking a second vehicle, said Romea Ponza, a spokeswoman for the U.N. police in Kosovo.

The journalist, identified as Bekim Kastrati, worked for the local newspaper Bota Sot, one of the largest in the province and close to the LDK party of Ibrahim Rugova, one of the main ethnic Albanian leaders. The second victim, who died several hours after the shooting, was identified as Besim Dajaku, a former member of Rugova's security escort.

A third passenger in the car, named as Gani Geci, who fought with the now disbanded Kosovo Liberation Army, was wounded. He also was close to Rugova.

Rugova, in a statement, said the killing of Dajaku was an attack against the LDK, Kosovo's international administration and the democratic institutions they jointly run.

Brazil forum to assess environmental progress

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) -- Nearly 10 years after the world's leaders gathered in Brazil to discuss the Earth's future, environmental ministers from across the region are to return today to take stock of progress since then.

The picture is not good.

Global warming and Amazon destruction both are on the rise, and the United States' backing out of the Kyoto accords on greenhouse gas emissions is only the most glaring example of the failed promise of the 1992 U.N. Environmental Summit, or Eco-92.

But organizers of this year's conference say that if Latin America and the Caribbean can develop a common front ahead of the 2002 World Summit for Sustainable Development, to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, progress is still possible.

There will actually be two conferences in Rio: the 13th Meeting of Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Ministers and another sponsored by the U.N. Development Program that brings together 156 environmental groups from across the region to form a unified position ahead of next year's world summit.

One killed, 30 injured by violent storms in France

PARIS (AP) -- Violent storms in southern France swept through two campsites Saturday, overturning mobile homes and leaving one person dead and dozens injured, rescue workers said.

A campsite in Argeles-Plage, 20 miles south of Perpignan, was thrashed by 75 mph winds and heavy rain early Saturday.

The storm left piles of rubble from uprooted trees and damaged vehicles. Rescue workers said that one person was killed and 30 others were treated for injuries.

At another campsite about 50 miles to the north, in the village of Vias, near Beziers, a brief storm destroyed 40 trailers but caused no serious injuries. Authorities were searching for temporary housing for 150 people.

Traffic around parts of nearby Montpellier was disrupted because of fallen trees. In Villeneuve-les-Maguelone, near Montpellier, a motorist was hospitalized after a tree crashed down on his car, regional police in Herault said.

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