EUROPE

NATO Concerned About Serb Disruption

PRISTINA, Yugoslavia--NATO's top commander in Europe, reacting to reports of Serbian attempts to disrupt the peace in Kosovo, warned yesterday he wouldn't tolerate a return of Serbian forces to the province. "I'm increasingly concerned by the evidence that we see of organized Serb efforts to cause a little bit of disruption here and there and to bring increasing pressure on this fragile community," Gen. Wesley K. Clark told reporters.

Clark cited the discovery of a Serbian military police identification card on one of three Serbs shot to death by Russian peacekeepers who tried to stop them from beating an ethnic Albanian. Another of the men was wearing a paramilitary uniform, he said.

Cohen Predicts Changes to ABM Treaty

MOSCOW--The United States eventually will persuade Russia to modify a key treaty and allow it to build an antimissile system, but it won't be easy, Defense Secretary William S. Cohen said.

Cohen met with Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev and other Russian leaders in an effort to change the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty. Russia bitterly opposes the modifications.

"I would expect that this would take quite a few more discussions, but I believe that if we approach this in a constructive fashion, we can in fact provide for some modifications," Cohen told the Echo of Moscow radio station after the talks.

THE MIDDLE EAST

Earthquake Hits Northwestern Turkey

GOLCUK, Turkey--A strong tremor rocked Turkey's northwest, killing at least seven people, injuring more than 300 and sending thousands rushing for open ground in a region devastated by a deadly quake last month. Turkish and U.S. seismologists put the strength of the latest tremor at 5.8 on the Richter scale with its center in the province of Kocaeli, worst hit by the Aug. 17 earthquake.

Panic was widespread in a region already traumatized by the August earthquake, which killed more than 15,500 people.

U.S. Planes Bomb Iraqi Air Defense SitesBERLIN--U.S. planes bombed two sites in northern Iraq after coming under antiaircraft fire, the U.S. European Command said.

The German-based command said in a statement that Iraqi forces fired on U.S. and British aircraft patrolling a Western-imposed "no-fly" zone. The planes responded in self-defense by dropping precision-guided bombs on an air defense early warning station south of Mosul, and on an anti-aircraft battery to the northwest of the city.

THE AMERICAS

Ecuador Still Searching for 12 Foreigners

QUITO, Ecuador--The Ecuadoran army intensified its search for 12 foreigners kidnapped two days earlier near the Andean country's Amazonian border with Colombia, military sources said.

Helicopter and river patrols joined a land-based team combing Ecuador's dense northwestern Sucumbios province looking for eight Canadians, an American and three Spaniards who were taken hostage by an unidentified group of armed men on Saturday.

Colombian Official, Rebel Leader Meet

BOGOTA, Colombia--Government negotiator Victor Ricardo met with a Marxist rebel chieftain Sunday in a bid to restart Colombia's peace process, which has been stalled for nearly two months.

There was no sign the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia would soon restart their negotiations, but local media quoted rebel negotiator Joaquin Gomez as saying his organization would respond to Bogota's five-point plan to start talks by the end of this month.

AFRICA

Africa's Largest AIDS Conference Opens

LUSAKA, Zambia--Delegates at Africa's largest AIDS conference began work on forging a greater commitment by governments to combat the spread of the AIDS virus across a continent that accounts for two-thirds of the world's infections.

In 15 years, AIDS has killed 11 million Africans--more than 80 percent of the world AIDS deaths. The epidemic, infecting five Africans every two minutes, is the main burden to the largely impoverished continent's growth and development, organizers of the U.N.-sponsored meeting say.

Hundreds Die in Tribal Clash in Uganda

KAMPALA, Uganda--As many as 400 people have died in three days of tribal fighting in eastern Uganda, a senior army source said.

The clashes began when Karimojong raiders attacked a rival group from the same tribe on Thursday in the Kalosarich area, 150 miles east of the capital Kampala. The army was forced to step in to halt the fighting on Friday.

Congo Rebels Still Divided Over Cease-Fire

JOHANNESBURG--Congolese rebels flew out of South Africa over the weekend without agreement on how to implement a shaky cease-fire deal signed in Zambia two weeks ago.

The rebels of the divided Congolese Rally for Democracy--one group led by Ernest Wamba dia Wamba and backed by Uganda and another led by Emile Ilunga and backed by Rwanda--failed to agree on who should represent them on a joint military commission to oversee the pact.

"Nothing has changed. We agreed on nothing and we achieved nothing," Ilunga said.

3 Americans Sentenced in Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe--Citing evidence that three American defendants were tortured, a judge gave them unusually light sentences for possessing weapons of war and trying to smuggle guns aboard a plane.

High Court Judge Ismael Adam gave the three the same concurrent sentences: six months for possessing weapons of war and 21 months for taking dangerous materials aboard an airliner. Adam credited them with time served after their arrest March 7. With time off for good behavior, the three could be out in November. They could have been sentenced to life in prison.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I don't know how far up the scale that can be traced, but certainly there will be accountability on a significant number wearing army uniforms or in a position of local authority."

-- Mary Robinson, U.N. high commissioner for human rights, on whether members of the Indonesian armed forces will be implicated for atrocities in East Timor, Page A1