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SERBS BLOCK UN FUEL CONVOYS Bosnian Serbs reneged yesterday on a promise to let UN fuel convoys pass through their territory, dashing hopes for a quick end to a fuel crisis. Dwindling fuel stocks have jeopardized UN operations in Sarajevo as well as in the government-held enclaves of Gorazde, Zepa, and Srebrenica in eastern Bosnia. Meanwhile, peacekeepers said the Bosnians had promised to start an unconditional withdrawal from Sarajevo yesterday, but Bosnian commanders want the UN to reciprocate with stepped-up patrols to protect a supply route over the mountains to the southwest. The top UN official in former Yugoslavia, Yasushi Akashi, has been struggling to keep the disputes from undermining a truce that has spared besieged Sarajevo from heavy shelling since February. Sweden split on EU

Less than three weeks before Sweden votes on joining the European Union, proponents and opponents are evenly split, while 25 percent are still undecided, according to a new poll released yesterday. Sweden votes on EU membership Nov. 13 in a pivotal referendum that could sway results in neighboring Norway two weeks later. Finnish voters said they favored membership in a vote on Oct. 16.

Rockets pound Kabul

Rocket attacks killed at least 30 people and wounded dozens more yesterday as battles raged for a fourth straight day in the Afghan capital. Despite the attacks by renegade Prime Minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and his allies, the center of Kabul remains in the hands of forces loyal to President Burhanuddin Rabbani.

Wilder backs Robb

Former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia says he will campaign for Sen. Charles Robb. Mr. Wilder appeared Sunday with Senator Robb and Veterans Affairs Secretary Jesse Brown. Wilder has feuded with Robb for years. He finally announced his support for Robb after meeting last week with President Clinton. Robb's Republican opponent is Oliver North.

Arizona prison rampage

Several hundred inmates at a privately owned federal prison in Eloy, Ariz., went on a rampage, trashing a cafeteria, and setting at least two small fires before returning to their cells early yesterday. Warden J. Blanchard Hopkins said no one was injured and no hostages were taken. The incident started at about 4 p.m. Sunday, when inmates refused to leave a recreation area.

S. Korean POW escapes

A South Korean soldier in the 1950-53 Korean War has escaped from the communist North and returned home 43 years after being captured, Seoul's internal intelligence agency said yesterday. It said Cho Chang Ho was rescued Sunday by a South Korean fisheries patrol off the western port of Kunsan.

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