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By United Press International  |  May 3, 2005 at 6:30 AM
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67-year-old Serbian woman to become mom

LESKOVAC, Serbia-Montenegro, May 2 (UPI) -- A 67-year-old woman in Serbia, expecting her first baby in mid-July, says she prayed to God for a child.

Zlatija Jovic, who may become the world's oldest mother, said she is seven months pregnant and is still doing housework and working on the family farm in Leskovac, Serbia, the Mirror reported Monday.

She told Serbian TV she and her 53-year-old husband were hoping for a son. Her doctors have labeled her pregnancy "extraordinary."

"We would prefer a son to inherit the land, someone no one would order around through life," she said.

The couple first married 30 years ago and divorced, but remarried nine years ago. The husband has a daughter and two grandchildren from another marriage.

Titanic artifacts in great demand

BROOKLINE, Mass., May 2 (UPI) -- An 18-karat gold pocket watch frozen in time during the last hours of the Titanic sinking sold outside Boston for $25,000 -- four times its expected value.

Nearly a century after it came to rest on the ocean floor, the infamous luxury liner and its doomed maiden voyage continue to enthrall the public: A 6-by-8-inch picture frame fashioned from Titanic driftwood valued at $1,500 was snapped up Sunday for $16,450 during a two-hour auction of White Star artifacts in Brookline, the Boston Herald reported.

"If you saw it at a yard sale you wouldn't pay but a few dollars for it," said auction director Jon Baddeley of Bonhams & Butterfields.

Islamic group raps Robertson comments

WASHINGTON, May 2 (UPI) -- A Washington-based Islamic group criticized evangelist Pat Robertson Monday for saying Muslims should not serve as Cabinet secretaries or judges.

The Los Angeles Times quoted Robertson -- appearing Sunday on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" - as saying he does not believe Muslims are suited for such positions.

"They have said in the Koran there's a war against all the infidels," the newspapers quoted Robertson as saying. "Do you want somebody like that sitting as a judge? I wouldn't."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations called that statement "hate-filled rhetoric," and urged others to disassociate themselves from Robertson's remarks.

"This type of hate-filled rhetoric deserves repudiation from all who respect America's long-standing tradition of pluralism," said Rabiah Ahmed, CAIR's communication coordinator. Ahmed said many Muslims already serve with distinction in many levels of government, including judgeships at the state and local level.

CAIR said Robertson had previously made similar comments concerning Islam and Muslims.

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