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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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