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Europe Gives Peace A Chance

Russian Armor In Belgrade - The Race For Glory Today the Russians in spectacular fashion have rolled an armored column through Belgrade en route to Kosovo to play a role in peace keeping force. Nato planners were caught by surprise by the move. Russians say they will not cross into Kosovo until agreement on their deployment is reached with Nato. A race appears to have developed in the process and reports today claim British elite troops were on alert to fly into Pristina should Russian troops cross the Kosovo border. The timing of the Nato operation is not known is expected to start today. Meanwhile there are also reports that the US is anxious its soldiers get to look particularly victorious too. US President Clinton has addressed his public on the peace deal see… Clinton Address to the Nation on Kosovo Agreement in the General wire.

Peace At Last In Kosovo - The air-strike against Yugoslavia has been suspended and Yugoslavian forces have 11 days to leave Kosovo following the passage of a UN resolution on Kosovo in New York early yesterday morning NZT. The vote at the security council on the resolution was passed 14 in favour with one abstention, China. Nato troops are expected to start moving in to the war torn former republic of Kosovo shortly. See…KLA Declares Unilateral Ceasefire In Kosovo and UN Security Council Authorises Kosovo Peace Operation both in the General wire.

Other News

Fire Breathing Winston Talks It Up In Ashburton - Yesterday morning Winston Peters talked Vietnam Veterans and meningitis epidemics in Ashburton concluding "Their chairs cost a thousand dollars each. This is YOUR money.Why don't the health bureaucrats spend it on HEALTH?" See.. Extracts: Peters At Public Meeting In Ashburton in the Parliament wire.

Frank Grover Resigns To Join Christians - Yesterday morning at 11am Alliance MP Frank Grover joined the growing ranks of MPs who have defected their party to join another. Mr Grover held a press conference with Christian Heritage Party leader Graham Capill and announced he will be standing as a Christian Heritage candidate in the upcoming election. With Manu Alamein Kopu, and the two breakaway Green Party MPs - Rod Donald and Jeanette Fitzsimmons, who remain Alliance MPs till the election - Grover brings the number of Alliance Party defectors to four. See… Frank Grover Resigns To Join Christian Heritage in the Headlines wire. The Alliance responds in the Parliament wire.

New Numbering System For Heavy Internet Users - Due to rapidly increasing traffic on the local phone network Telecom is proposing a new system to manage heavy internet users. Internet users online for more than 10 hours a month and their ISPs are being offered a new numbering system with the 0867 prefix which will allow residential customers to continue to remain online for extended periods with no extra charge. Customers and ISPs not using the new system will incur a 2 cents per minute charge for phone traffic over 10 hours a month. See New Telecom Service To Manage Internet Traffic in business wire.

Fisheries Research Boost - Food and Fibre Minister John Luxton yesterday announced that an additional $5 million will be spent on fisheries research in the upcoming financial year. See.. $5m Boost To Fisheries Research in the Parliament wire.

Helen Wants Jenny To Phone Bill - Labour leader Helen Clark yesterday applauded Australian Prime Minister John Howard's initiative in ringing President Clinton to make strong representations on behalf of his country's lamb exporters. See.. Will Jenny phone Bill now? in the Parliament wire.

APEC Ads Anger - Earlier this week Labour Leader Helen Clark said she would be submitting questions to the government asking why Apec organisers have launched a television advertising campaign promoting the event to New Zealanders. See…Apec Commercials To Advance National's Agenda?

ACC Reforms Ill-conceived - "The latest ACC changes are a recognition that the Government's previous round of reforms to create a new workplace insurance market was ill-conceived"; Labour finance spokesperson Michael Cullen said Thursday. See… Trying To Clean Up The ACC Mess in the Parliament wire.

The Battle Of Bill And Michael Continues - Labour deputy leader Michael Cullen says Finance Minister Bill English needs to do some more research before issuing facile statements on tax matters. See.. English 0, England 2 in the Parliament wire.

Trade Figures Do Not Impress - "The latest merchandise trade figures show conclusively that the National Government is living in a fool's paradise," says Labour finance spokesperson Michael Cullen. See.. Trade Figures Show Govt In Cloud Cuckoo Land in the Parliament wire.

Luxton On Trade Protectionism And The Deer Industry - In a speech to the National Deer Conference in Napier Thursday Food and Fibre Minster John Luxton argued the benefits of unilateral trade liberalisation and criticised aspects of US trade policy. He also covered matters relating to producer board reform and particularly the Game Industry Board. See…Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself

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