War in the Balkans: Briefing: Day 71

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t Six Nato minesweepers began helping Italian navy vessels near Ancona clear the Adriatic of unexploded bombs dumped by alliance warplanes flying missions against Yugoslavia.

t Serbian authorities are ready to let more international aid workers into Serbia as the humanitarian crisis becomes more acute, Save the Children charity said.

t The French aircraft carrier Foch will dock at the Mediterranean port of Toulon today after 129 days at sea as part of Nato's strike force.

t The first air drops of aid in Kosovo were to be launched last night to help ethnic Albanians who have been driven out of their homes but remain in the province.

t Nobel Prize-winning Russian author, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, compared Nato to Adolf Hitler over its bombing campaign in Yugoslavia.