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WAR IN THE BALKANS:Briefing: Day 52

n Martti Ahtisaari, the Finnish President, met the United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan yesterday in the Netherlands. Mr Ahtisaari will also hold talks on Kosovo in Helsinki with Russia's special Balkans envoy, Viktor Chernomyrdin, and US deputy secretary of state Strobe Talbott on 18 May.

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

Why do the Bulgarians support Nato and not Serbia?

Sofia mafia boss killed

ONE OF the reputed leaders of the Bulgarian mafia was gunned down early yesterday at a villa near the capital, Sofia, police reported.

Obituary: Pierre Rouve

PIERRE ROUVE was a master of several trades: interpreter, diplomat, art critic, semiotician, BBC World Service broadcaster, film producer/director, translator, university lecturer. He arrived in England from his native Bulgaria in 1947, and became well known in various subcultures of his adopted country, depending on which of his many hats he was wearing at any given moment. But in Bulgaria he was a celebrity, and one of its most famous emigres or exiles, along with his sister Dora Vallier, Julia Kristeva, Tsvetan Todorov and Elias Canetti. On learning of Rouve's death, the President of Bulgaria, Peter Stoyanov, wrote to Rouve's wife and daughter: "Your husband and father will have his place in the history of Bulgaria."

Obituary: Liliana Brisby

LILIANA BRISBY combined a deep respect and affection for the traditions and standards of her adopted country, England, with the dedication and drive of the best of the cold warriors cut off from lost homes behind the Iron Curtain.

Football: Players lose confidence in Hoddle

European Championship: Substandard England know a victory is needed on Wednesday to relieve the pressure

Your Holiday Disaster: After a hot, tiring day in Sofia, all Kate Absolum wanted was a refreshing shower

WE WERE hot, tired and crusty. The overnight train had proved less than comfortable and, after arriving at 7.30 in the morning, we had spent a day traipsing through the city.

Obituary: Todor Zhivkov

TODOR ZHIVKOV shared the main failing of many holders of absolute power: he did not know when to relinquish it. The man who led the Bulgarian Communist Party (BCP) for 35 years would have been better regarded by posterity had he resigned 10 years before his removal in November 1989.

Football: World Cup - Spain's cheers turn to tears

Spain 6 Hierro pen 6, Luis Enrique 18 Morientes 53, 81, Kiko 88, 90 Bulgaria 1 Kostadinov 57 Att: 41,275

Travel: Back to Balkan basics

There are still corners of eastern Europe where storks nest on roof-tops, and monks welcome the weary traveller.

Football: Nigeria invigorated by Ikpeba

Nigeria 1 Ikpeba 27 Bulgaria 0 Att: 48,500

Football: Chilavert forages in vain

Nankov is tournament's first sending-off as Bulgaria fail to revive the spirit of '94

WORLD CUP: GROUP D

SPAIN have flattered to deceive so many times in World Cups, so why should this one be any different? One might say that we have been saying much the same thing these past 32 years about Real Madrid, too, and it finally came good for them, even if their European Cup-winning side did contain more than a smattering of foreigners.
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