War in the Balkans: Briefing, Day 62

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t Serbia's power company pleaded with customers to be patient yesterday as air strikes left much of the country in darkness and threatened water supplies.

t The UN refugee agency estimates that more than 810,000 people, most of them ethnic Albanians, have left Kosovo since Nato began its air assault on 24 March.

t CNN has reported that President Bill Clinton has authorised the CIA to look into ways to destabilise the Yugoslav government.

t Nato will begin using air bases in Turkey by next weekend as part of its strategy to surround Yugoslavia.

t Police in Portugal are searching for 15 refugees, aged between two and 49. On Saturday five people disappeared from a refugee centre at Salvaterra de Magos, near Lisbon, and 10 more went missing yesterday.