Thursday, May 6, 1999

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  • A Look Into the Weapons Used in Yugoslavia

    High-level talks today in Bonn over the war in Yugoslavia will aim to narrow the rift between the West and Russia over Kosovo. But the NATO bombings in the Balkans are set to intensify. On the 43rd night of NATO air strikes on Yugoslavia, a missile attack last night on fuel dumps in the southern Serbian city of Nis caused massive fires which raged well into today.

  • Northern Ireland Discusses Future of Paramilitary Weapons

    In an ongoing effort to break the political stalemate over decommissioning in Northern Ireland, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Irish Premier Bertie Ahern are meeting today with the key party leaders in Downing Street. Blair and Ahern are chairing a series of negotiations between the three major political parties of Northern Ireland–Sinn Fein, headed by Gerry Adams, the Ulster Unionists, led by David Trimble, and the SDPL, headed by John Hume.

  • Berkeley Students and Professors Go On Hunger Strike to Protest End of Ethnic Studies

    Police at the University of California, Berkeley, arrested 81 people Tuesday on the sixth day of a student protest called to push for more money for ethnic studies programs. The students had set up a tent city in front of California Hall, which houses the offices of Chancellor Robert Berdahl. Some students who refused to leave were dragged away.

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