News In Brief
There is no "lifeline" for ethnic Albanian refugees still inside Kosovo, and only by continuing to bomb Yugoslav targets can NATO help their cause, British Prime Minister Tony Blair acknowledged. Visiting NATO headquarters in Brussels, he said the alliance was "deeply worried" about the estimated 850,000 such civilians who've been driven from their homes "simply because of their ethnic identity" - since they cannot be protected from murder, rape, and other war crimes. In Washington, the State Department said at least 100,000 - and possibly as many as a half-million - Kosovo Albanian men are unaccounted for. A 15-mile-long refugee convoy headed out of Kosovo's capital reportedly has not been seen since last weekend,
The government of neighboring Macedonia was again stranding thousands of fleeing Kosovars at the border as UN camps inside the country were declared full beyond capacity. The UN also said it had been denied permission to open two more camps and local landowners were refusing to lease additional ground to expand an existing facility.
Claiming it now had enough support, India's Congress Party was expected to inform President K.R. Narayanan of its readiness to form a new coalition government. A Congress official said letters of support from other parties to constitute a majority in Parliament could be supplied as soon as today. First, however, Narayanan wants Parliament to vote on the proposed fiscal 1999 budget.