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Extract from UN GA Press Release GA/9458
(New York, September 29, 1998) - Today Human Rights Watch reported that Serb forces massacred an extended family of eighteen ethnic Albanian civilians, including five children, in a forest in the Drenica region of Kosovo on September 26. Human Rights Watch researchers on the scene saw seven of the bodies, all of which had been shot at close range in the head. Several of the corpses had been mutilated.
Sept. 28 - (9010)
Washington -- Two State Department officials discussed the "Crisis in Kosovo" on the WorldNet "Washington Window" September 28. Answering questions on U.S.
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Hurricane Georges left a trail of damage in some of the Leeward Islands as it passed over the islands of the Northeastern Caribbean on September 20 - 21, 1998. Georges sustained maximum winds of 115 mph with higher gusts of up 150 mph. The hurricane adversely affected two Participating States while only causing minor damages in some others. The affected Participating States are now in the recovery/rehabilitation process.
The affected countries of the CDERA Participating States are St. Kitts-Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda.
Ref: OCHAGVA - 98/0299
Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba
OCHA Geneva Situation Report No. 5
Sudan Famine Update
Washington September 29, 1998, 4:00 p.m. EDT -- Selected highlights of federal response activities following Hurricane Georges:
National Hurricane Center:
Georges has been downgraded to a tropical depression, but continues to plague the Gulf Coast with heavy rain and gusty winds. Some areas have received more than 25 inches of rain since yesterday. An additional eight to 15 inches are possible.
Gulf Local/State Operations:
In Florida, state officials are reporting 150 houses, including 75 houseboats, are destroyed; another 500 houses have major damage.
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:
Extract from UN/DPI Daily Highlights - 29/09/98
BELGRADE, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Big Powers mediating in the Kosovo crisis have followed Serbia's claim of victory over separatist guerrillas with demands for swift action on United Nations calls for peace talks and relief for refugees.
Ambassadors of the six Contact Group countries -- the United States, Russia, Britain, France, Italy and Germany -- met Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic on Monday and urged him to make progress towards a settlement with Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority.
The Serbian government said on Monday that it had crushed a seven-month insurgency …
A bomb that exploded 100 meters from the Georgian parliament building in Tbilisi during the night of 28-29 September shattered windows in neighboring buildings but injured no one, Caucasus Press reported. It is unclear whether there is any connection between the explosion and the fifth anniversary on 28 September of the fall of the Abkhaz capital, Sukhumi, or the two-day visit to Tbilisi by NATO Secretary-General Javier Solana, which begins on 29 September.
A United Nations Spokesman based in Baghdad said on Monday that malnutrition levels appear to be ebbing throughout Iraq.
News Release No. 62/98 - 29 September 1998
Nearly half a million impoverished households in rural areas in Bangladesh - many headed by women - will be organized into cooperatives to start their own enterprises under a microfinance project for which the Asian Development Bank today approved a US$42.6 million equivalent (SDR32.13 million) loan.
The Rural Livelihood Project will support the Government's poverty reduction efforts by providing sustainable microfinance services for the poor.
Catherine Bertini, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme, expressed concern today about the resurgence of fighting in the Juba area of southern Sudan.
KINSHASA, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Troops from Chad have deployed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to fight alongside forces backing President Laurent Kabila against rebels, a Congolese government minister said on Tuesday.
Members of the Security Council have noted an improvement in the performance of the local police in Croatia, according to Council President Ambassador Hans Dahlgren of Sweden.