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New Chief of Chechnya, 5 Others Wounded by Guerrillas

Los Angeles Times

In a pointed reminder of Russia's unfinished war, guerrillas in Chechnya wounded the latest Kremlin-installed chief of their unruly republic Monday by bombing his motorcade.

Doku Zavgayev, Moscow's top Chechen appointee in Chechnya since Nov. 1, escaped with minor facial cuts, but five of his bodyguards suffered more serious injuries from the remote-controlled blast in Grozny, capital of the southern republic.

It was the third attempt to kill a Russian leader or surrogate in Chechnya since separatist rebels signed a partial peace accord with President Boris N. Yeltsin's government July 30. Talks on a full settlement that would define Chechnya's political status, and lead to an election of new leaders, have collapsed and fighting has intensified.

The bombing appeared to be aimed at stopping elections of a Chechen president and Parliament that the Russian side has scheduled unilaterally for Dec. 17. A spokesman for separatist leader Dzhokhar M. Dudayev vowed last week that no voting will take place "until the last Russian invader has left."

Wearing a bloodstained white shirt, Zavgayev told reporters after the blast that the vote will go ahead as planned, along with Russia-wide election of a national Parliament. But Yeltsin envoy Oleg I. Lobov, who survived a bombing of his motorcade in Grozny two months ago, said the vote in Chechnya could be delayed if necessary.

Princess Diana Tells of Her Royal Misery and Mission

Los Angeles Times

After 15 unhappy years, a dutiful princess whose fairy tale ended in tears took her case to the court of world public opinion on Monday. Diana, Princess of Wales, declared herself a renegade.

In an extraordinary television interview, the estranged 34-year-old wife of Britain's Prince Charles acknowledged for the first time her affair with a British army officer and told of a married life of such regal misery that it led her to self-mutilation and bulimia.

Vowing to outlast unrelenting media pressure and palace intrigue aimed at discrediting her, Diana said she would fight to maintain her public role and to raise her son to be king.

What's the problem with Diana? BBC reporter Martin Bashir asked gently.

"She won't go quietly," she said. "That's the problem. She'll fight to the end. I have a role to fulfill and I've got two children to bring up."

More than 200 million people in more than 100 countries watched the hourlong interview, in which Diana calmly spoke of her husband's longstanding affair with a married woman.

And she confirmed reports of her own affair with British cavalry officer James Hewitt, who wrote a book in which he described their relationship.

Beginning in 1989, two years after Charles and Diana had begun living separate lives, Diana said Hewitt was "a great friend of mine. He was always there to support me. I was absolutely devastated when this book appeared."