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November 5, 2000



Bus hijacker surrenders

A car repairman killed his mother-in-law and a friend Saturday and then hijacked a bus carrying 33 Japanese tourists.

After commandeering the bus for 10 hours, he released the hostages unharmed and surrendered to a television talk show host.

Christos Kendiras, 48, turned himself over to TV talk show host Makis Triantafilopoulos outside his office in the Athens port of Piraeus. He was arrested.

After his surrender, the gunman was seen bowing to his former hostages.


New government OK'd

Yugoslavia's parliament approved the country's first communist-free government in more than half a century Saturday, moving closer to ending years of isolation and decline under former President Slobodan Milosevic.

The new Cabinet, proposed by the new President Vojislav Kostunica, won approval in both chambers of the federal parliament from the deputies of Yugoslavia's two republics, Serbia and Montenegro.

After eight hours of acrimonious debate between lawmakers backing Kostunica and Milosevic, the new government was voted into office by a vote of 136-19.


Voting spurs violence

Police fired live ammunition and tear gas Saturday in clashes with voters in three northern villages and, elsewhere, fistfights between supporters of rival candidates in the parliamentary elections turned to gunfire.

As night fell, four people were dead and more than 60 people were injured.

In Dakahla, 125 miles northeast of Cairo, the capital, police tried to disperse voters angry that security forces had prevented them from casting ballots.

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