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SO QUIT, CALLING OK? He has, said the letter-writer to Britain's Press Complaints Commission, had it up to here with being hounded by reporters since NATO's air assault on Yugoslavia began. Nor do his neighbors "deserve to be inconvenienced" by such pestering, he added. What's more, he has no interest in discussing his views on the Balkans "with anyone." The letter was signed by Greater London resident Slobodan Milosevic, who emphatically denied that he's related to the president of Yugoslavia.

THEY'RE OFF TO A FAST START Finishing back in the pack in Sunday's London Marathon - presumably well behind the winner - were Britons Mike and Barbara Gambrill. Both are veterans at the 26-mile, 385-yard distance. But they gave up any hope they might have had of crossing the line first by pausing to be married part-way into the race. The idea came back in January, when they became engaged during the running of the Disney Marathon at Orlando, Fla.

Survey indicates new respect for Clinton on foreign policy Public perception of President Clinton's success in foreign policy has improved dramatically during his second term, a survey published in the spring issue of Foreign Policy magazine indicates. In the poll, sponsored by the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations and conducted at the end of 1998 - before the Kosovo crisis triggered the NATO bombing campaign - respondents ranked Clinton first among post-World War II presidents. In a 1994 survey, John Kennedy was ranked No. 1 and Clinton No. 8. The top 10 (with results of the 1994 survey in parentheses).

1998 1994

1. Clinton (8)

2. Kennedy (1)

3. Reagan (5)

4. Bush (6)

5. Truman (3)

6. Eisenhower (4)

7. Nixon (2)

8. Carter (7)

9. Johnson (9)

10. Ford (10)

Compiled by Robert Kilborn

and Lance Carden

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