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Bringing Peace to Kosovo
Diplomacy takes a new turn in Europe while continuing to focus on China

Members of the Chinese People's Armed Police guard the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
Reuters Photo

While NATO launched the peacekeeping mission in Kosovo and worked with Russian leaders to define Russia's role in the operation, Secretary Madeleine Albright declared the mission in Yugoslavia a success, but acknowledged that much is left to be done to reestablish stability in the region.

With the 78-day air campaign over and the international peacekeeping force, called KFOR, moving into Kosovo, NATO focused on the diplomatic challenges still ahead--the civil implementation phase of the operation and the establishment of what Secretary Albright called "a different history for Europe.


International Adoptions

Americans are adopting children from other countries in record numbers. Some choose international adoptions because so few U.S. children are available for adoption and because international adoptions often proceed faster than domestic ones.

Others choose international adoptions because they have ties to or are moved by needs in a particular area of the world. And for still others, international adoptions seem to just "happen"--the result of a chance encounter.


Abu Dhabi

You're going to the Gulf, friends and relatives sigh. "Well, we'll send you anything you need--don't worry," they assure you.

But after arriving in the United Arab Emirates, settling into a villa in Abu Dhabi and telling your friends and family back home that everything is wonderful, they think you've lost your mind.


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