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Several thousand people staged a rally in Belgrade yesterday to demand the resignation of Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, blaming him for Yugoslavia's crisis.... German authorities in Munich arrested two former Soviet citizens suspected of trying to sell 2.6 pounds of uranium, police said yesterday.... A cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh appeared distant yesterday as gunmen ignored peace calls from the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan and the last members of a Commonwealth of Independent States infan try regiment pulled out. Armenia said Azeri forces massed around the Armenian village of Askeran skirmished with Armenian irregulars. Fighting in the south of the territory was reported, and several villages, including Askeran, were shelled.... Kazakhstan told NATO yesterday that it would not attend the meeting today of a new cooperation council that will draw former Soviet republics into an East-West forum on security affairs, alliance sources in Brussels said. Kazakhstan will be the only member of the Com monwealth of Independent States not to attend the meeting, and it has also failed to turn up at other similar meetings.... Customs officials in formerly communist Bulgaria confiscated 20 pounds of heroin with a street value of about $5 million over the weekend. The shipment was found in a train traveling from Istanbul to Munich.... Russian industrial production, falling fast in the last years of communism, will continue to drop until at least the last part of 1992, Industry Minister Alexander Titkin said ye sterday. MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Any US attempt to stop and search a North Korean ship for Scud missiles would be "an outright act of international piracy," Iran's IRNA news agency said yesterday. The Tehran government has not reacted to weekend reports that the US was considering intercepting two North Korean ships US officials say are carrying Scud-C missiles for Iran and Syria.... The chairman of Algeria's Higher State Committee, Mohamed Boudiaf, says women will be able to sit on the country's future Consultative Council, Algerian ra dio said yesterday.... Former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, who made peace with Egypt but ordered Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon, died yesterday after a short illness. (Story, Page 5) ... Turkish planes bombed and heavily damaged two camps of Turkish rebel Kurds in northern Iraq yesterday, Anatolian news agency said.... Egypt and Armenia signed an agreement yesterday establishing diplomatic ties, the Middle East News Agency said. ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Richard Solomon arrived in Phnom Penh yesterday to assess the UN-brokered peace pact. Thousands of UN peacekeepers will soon be arriving in Cambodia.... Women activists yesterday demanded equal rights and an end to domestic violence following a parade through Islamabad.

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