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The Indian line on the Kashmir conflict is that it's fueled by insurgents crossing over from Pakistan. But a new generation of boy militants is emerging - and they're homegrown.

A new, but empty, hospital in Kosovo epitomizes the influence of Slobodan Milosevic and the tension between Serbs.

Thailand tackles election fraud.

David Clark Scott World editor


* CULTURE OF DEMOCRACY: Reporter Yvan Cohen has been covering Thailand for the past nine years. In that time, he's written about half a dozen elections. But none like the one this past weekend. "There's been a palpable shift in civic attitudes, particularly in the cities, with the new Constitution," he says. The perception that fraud would no longer be tolerated was underscored by a conversation Yvan had with a twice-elected district chief in Saraburi on Sunday. "He told me that the voting changes were not just modifications. 'This is a revolution,' the old timer told me."

* LEAVE THE TAXI: In reporting today's story about the emergence of a new militant group in India, the Monitor's Robert Marquand and his photographer opted to leave their cabbie behind. They got out and walked into a Kashmir neighborhood and asked where the family of a young suicide bomber lived. No adult volunteered to help. Finally, "a boy, about seven years old, led us to the house. We spent two hours talking to the family and their neighbors." And the taxi driver? "It's common knowledge that at the end of the day, Indian security agents question the cab drivers about where journalists have been. We didn't want to get the driver or the family in any trouble."

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