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War in the Balkans: Refugee appeal

THE UN estimates that more than 630,000 people have fled their homes in Kosovo.

War in the Balkans: Briefing: Day 38

A Russian plane loaded with aid arrived at a Macedonian refugee camp. The plane carried medicine, food, clothes and bedding collected by businesses in the city of Nizhny Novgorod.

War In The Balkans: Dissenters -Belgrade regime `cracking apart'

NATO IS seizing on evidence of growing dissent within Yugoslavia, after a former army general joined calls made by the former deputy prime minister for President Slobodan Milosevic to resign.

War In The Balkans: Reinforcements - Nato increases air force in Balkans to 1,200 planes

BRITAIN IS to boost its air force strength in the Kosovo conflict by more than 40 per cent as part of a massive escalation of Nato's strike power.

War in the Balkans: Help desperate plight of victims

THE FLOOD of refugees from Kosovo continues and the refugee camps in Macedonia and Albania are at breaking point. Aid agencies say that thousands of people are sleeping in the open. More than 600,000 Kosovo Albanians have fled their homes and most of them are destitute and face an uncertain future.

War in the Balkans: Briefing: Day 35

n The Foreign Office has provided pounds 100,000 funding to restart the Albanian-language newspaper, Kota Ditore.

War in the Balkans: pounds 200m needed for crisis, says UN

THE INDEPENDENT is appealing to readers to help refugee victims of the war in Kosovo, which has triggered the biggest humanitarian disaster in Europe since the Second World War.

War in the Balkans The Balkan Question - Key Issues Behind The War Explained

Are the Serbs trying to get rid of all Kosovo's Albanians?

War In The Balkans: Food and water urgently needed

READERS OF The Independent can help to alleviate the desperate plight of the Kosovo refugees by making donations to our Kosovo Appeal. The UN's latest figures confirm that more than 600,000 Albanians have been driven from their homes. They need food, blankets, hygiene kits and water purification equipment.

War In The Balkans: Briefing: Days 32, 33

n The United Nations children's agency, Unicef, said it would conduct mass vaccinations for ethnic Albanian children from Kosovo in refugee camps in Macedonia. Some 9,000 under-fives will be immunised.

War In The Balkans: Finding Homes

The UN High Commission for Refugees estimates that more than 600,000 people, the vast majority of them ethnic Albanians, have left Kosovo since Nato began its air assault 24 March.

The hawks have the best epic poetry

Any day now a new poet laureate will be appointed, so naturally the air is buzzing with contrasting views on the extent to which poets should be up with the news. On the whole, contemporary poetry is a private concern, tending to reflect on and celebrate an individual sensibility, and this does seem something of a narcissistic decline since the days when poets saw fit to narrate The Charge of the Light Brigade, say, or the blood-stained trenches of the Great War. But the finest modern poets - Derek Walcott and Tony Harrison, for instance - remain loyal to the classical position of the poet as bard: the narrator of dire events in memorable verse. Ever since Homer sung the wrath of Achilles, the human love of war has inspired literary masterpieces - the Old Testament and Malory, Tennyson and Tolstoy. Poets thrive when they ride, as it were, into the valley of death. It is, after all, the lair of the tragic muse.

War In The Balkans: Key issues behind the war explained - The Balkan Question

Are the Serbs the crack fighters they are made out to be?

War In The Balkans: Havens - Britain `should take in refugees'

PADDY ASHDOWN told Tony Blair yesterday that Britain should urgently admit thousands of Kosovar refugees to head off another humanitarian crisis in the camps across the borders from their homeland.

War In The Balkans: Anniversary - Birthday party becomes an uncertain council of war

"AS WE meet in Washington today, Europe is confronting a very serious crisis. Images of hundreds of thousands of deported people, burnt homes and destroyed villages recall images we hoped never to see again."
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