War In The Balkans: How a deal was done

AGREEMENT CAME after a very late night, a two-page document and several meetings with Slobodan Milosevic. Yesterday the man who brokered the deal that may have brought peace to Kosovo, the Finnish President, Martti Ahtisaari, said his talks with the Yugoslav President and indicted war criminal were "very business-like". There were, Mr Ahtisaari added, "no voices raised in the discussions. We went through the paper. I tried to clarify the issues that were raised."

Football: Visa threat to Yugoslav team

THE IRISH government is under pressure to bar the Yugoslav football team from a Euro 2000 qualifying match against Ireland on Saturday.

Leading article: Politicians' promises, commanders' fears

TO READ the newspapers this weekend one might conclude that Nato is about to launch a land invasion of Kosovo. Months after Serbia embarked on its vicious campaign of ethnic cleansing, one might be forgiven for assuming the West was about to roll up its sleeves, hurl Slobodan Milosevic's forces back into Serbia and escort hundreds of thousands of refugees home.

Ever so carefully, Mr Blair clears the way for a ground invasion

The rule book of global realpolitik is becoming obsolete in relation to the present conflict

War in the Balkans: Atrocities - UN has `massive evidence of war crimes by Serbs'

UNITED NATIONS investigators stated publicly for the first time yesterday that they have evidence of "massive war crimes" committed by Serb forces in Kosovo. They said nobody, including Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, was immune from prosecution.

MONITOR: NATO DIVISIONS

Opinions on the disagreements between Nato

War in the Balkns: Cetinje - `Troops out' demonstrations

SEVERAL HUNDRED Montenegrins took to the streets of the republic's historic capital yesterday to protest against the recent deployment of Yugoslav army reservists and heavy artillery to the area.

War In The Balkans: Blair pins his colours to cause of refugees

"BLAIR - You Lead, We Die" read the placards of an enthusiastic crowd as Tony Blair flew to Tirana to visit Kosovo refugees and Albanian politicians.

West relaxes as Slovakia elects friendly president

THE WEST breathed a sigh of relief yesterday after the Slovakian people elected Rudolf Schuster as their president in preference to Vladimir Meciar, the stridently nationalist former prime minister .

Letter: Nato's future

Letter:

The Pope's shameful war crimes

In a short trip to Italy last month, after looking at my favourite Roman monuments, I finally got round to visiting the Vatican. I know that visitors to St Peter's are supposed to enthuse about Michelangelo's soaring cupola and the magnificent canopy of gilded bronze, designed by Bernini, which houses the papal altar. But as I stood in the nave, surrounded by gleaming marble and gold, I felt my flesh creep. I thought about the Inquisition and the persecution of so-called heretics, one of whom - the philosopher Giordano Bruno - is commemorated by a darkly brooding statue on the spot where he was burnt to death in Campo de' Fiori, just across the Tiber. And I thought about all the women who have died in botched abortions, or from repeated pregnancies, because of the church's implacable opposition to contraception and abortion.

War in the Balkans: Timetable Day 51

1am: Explosions heard in Belgrade suburbs.

War In The Balkans: More help urgently needed

THERE WERE more heart- rending scenes on Kosovo's borders yesterday as aid workers tried to entice terrified refugees to move from camps in northern Albania to make space for more of the displaced. Meanwhile, Slobodan Milosevic was reported to be stepping up his campaign in the province.

The seeds of betrayal

A 'peace deal' that would send the ethnic Albanians back to their tormentors must be condemned
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

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Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

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MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

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English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

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