Leading Article: The West can weaken the Balkan strongmen

One year after the end of the Bosnian war, there are fresh political upheavals in former Yugoslavia - but this time the upheavals may bring a brighter future for the people of this long-troubled region of Europe. The daily street demonstrations in Belgrade against President Slobodan Milosevic of Serbia, and recent protests in Zagreb against President Franjo Tudjman of Croatia, show that an increasingly large number of Serbs and Croats want a change from the diet of authoritarian nationalism on which they have been fed throughout the 1990s. The demonstrators want democracy, an end to official corruption, media free of state control, and civil rights - in short, everything that people elsewhere in Eastern Europe won in 1989, but which Mr Milosevic and Mr Tudjman correctly regard as threats to their personal authority.

Croatia closes radio station

Croatia's hardline government ordered the country's last independent radio station to close, on the grounds that the Zagreb-based Radio 101 was "not objective". The ministry of communication gave the station until the end of the month to cease operations.

Protest over Tudjman veto

Croatian opposition parties decided to start a 30-day boycott of parliament and continue boycotting the Zagreb city council.

Bodies found in mass graves

Sarajevo (Reuter)- Investigators said yesterday that they had exhumed 105 bodies from two mass graves in north-west Bosnia. They are believed to be Muslims killed by Bosnian Serbs at the beginning of the war, state radio reported.

Racing: Old problem for the young bucks

Arc de Triomphe: History and experience point to local hero Swain seeing off rivals and preserving generation gap; Sue Montgomery predicts a home success in today's French showpiece

Slim defence against Shaamit

Shaamit, the Derby winner, could face just six rivals when he lines up in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday. The colt was one of 12 acceptors for the Group One race yesterday but nearly half the list, including Classic winners Bosra Sham and Zagreb, are expected to miss the race.

Weld takes a superior view of his Arc chance

John Cobb finds the trainer of Zagreb, Ireland's top colt, in confident mood

Racing: Eclipse in the sights of Weld's firepower

Dermot Weld, still flying after Zagreb's annihilation of the best Britain could muster in the Irish Derby on Sunday, may be gunning for the old enemy again at the weekend if Definite Article comes over for the Eclipse Stakes.

Kinane makes wrong call

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Croatia promises better democracy

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Letter: Tudjman's murderous democracy

Sir: Emma Daly reports from Zagreb (13 May) that Croatia's likely admission to the Council of Europe raises the issue of President Franjo Tudjman's undemocratic behaviour, in particular his riding roughshod over the Zagreb city council. Shades of Mrs Thatcher and the GLC!

Tudjman leans towards dictatorship

Croatia's likely admission to the Council of Europe raises issues of human rights.

Croatian Serb chief accused of terrorism

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