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The weekend NATO summit in Washington again showed the military alliance's reluctance to send ground troops into Kosovo. One reason may be a long history among Serbs to use various means to fend off foreign invaders. A "Doctrine of Armed Citizens," which Yugoslavia used effectively during World War II, would bring out militias to attack NATO troops. Quote of note: "The only way that one small nation can confront a big one is through this tactic." - former Yugoslav commander. Ironically, last week was the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, in which American militiamen fought British troops.

In the Yugoslav republic of Montenegro, which has pro-West leanings, talk about a NATO invasion of Kosovo has widened a split with Serbia. In Macedonia, cell phones are reuniting refugees.

On a light note, Scotland's moves for self-rule have brought forth a claimant to the Scottish throne.

- Clayton Jones, World editor

REPORTERS ON THE JOB *KNOCKS ON THE DOOR: Serb authorities have been kicking out Western journalists, almost one a day for the last week. Ironically, many journalists privately oppose the airstrikes, especially those with Serb friends or spouses. A lot of journalists had friends at the state TV station bombed last week, says correspondent Justin Brown. Justin himself has been tagged as "the enemy" by Serb officials.

PRESS CLIPPINGS *BRAND STRETCHING: While tobacco ads on billboards were removed in the US last Friday, Britain is expected to place a ban on all tobacco ads next year. But, reports the Independent newspaper of London, cigarette firms plan to sell nonrelated products carrying their brand names. British American Tobacco, for instance, has registered a credit card, beer, and whiskey under the Lucky Strike brand.

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