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Friday, May 7, 1999 Published at 15:44 GMT 16:44 UK

Nato strikes: Week six

Week five: Nato tightens grip
Week four: Refugees hit
Week three: Nato reinforces
Week two: Refugee exodus
Week one: Strikes begin

Kosovo: Special Report
The sixth week of Nato's air campaign against Yugoslavia began with the announcement from Belgrade that Yugoslav Deputy Prime Minister Vuk Draskovic had been sacked over his opposition to the government's position on the Kosovo conflict.

Nato seized on the news as evidence of serious rifts in the Yugoslav leadership, but pressed on with its air strikes. Diplomatic efforts to find a solution to the crisis, meanwhile, gathered pace, with Russia leading the way.

Follow the sixth week of the Nato campaign in this day-by-day guide. Read the main stories, BBC analysis and the best video and audio clips.

Use the options on the left to return to latest news and other current BBC coverage.

Nato strikes: Day 42
(4 May )

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Kosovo solution 'closer'
Russia and the US signal progress but no breakthrough in the search for a solution to the Kosovo conflict.

Russia's mixed signals
Montenegro: Forgotten casualty of war
Stephen Sackur: Every indication Clinton is interested
John Simpson: Civilian casualties likely to go up
Paul Wood: Concerns over Macedonia's ability to cope with refugees
Nato strikes: Day 41
(3 May )

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'Soft' bomb hits power supply
Nato announces it has used a new type of bomb to hit Yugoslav electricity supplies, causing a power black-out in Belgrade and power cuts across the country.

Mike Williams reports from a darkened Belgrade
Fergal Keane: "One of the crimes of the century being perpetrated"
Nato strikes: Day 40
(2 May )

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US prisoners freed
Three US soldiers captured by Serb forces are released by Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.

Jesse Jackson: Man of many missions

Parminder Sandhu: "Celebration for the POWs, but the bombing continues"
Aleksander Mitic of AFP: We counted 24 bodies

Nato strikes: Day 39
(May 1)

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Nato bomb hits bus
A Nato attack on a bridge in Kosovo hit a bus, killing more than 24 passengers, according to witnesses and Yugoslav state media.

Change in the air in Belgrade Italian PM's balancing act

Kevin Connolly: "Prospects for a peace deal in the immediate future are bleak"

Nato strikes: Day 38
(30 April)

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Nato blitz hits Belgrade
Nato carries out the most intense bombing raids on the Yugoslav capital, Belgrade, since the start of Operation Allied Force, targeting the army HQ and the Ministry of Defence building in the centre of the city.

Turning off Serbia's oil supply
Hungary: Serbia's nervous neighbour
Kosovo and 'the truth'
Jon Leyne: "The campaign steadily intensifies"
Nato strikes: Day 37
(29 April)

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Peace effort gains pace
Moscow plays up hopes of a diplomatic settlement over the Kosovo crisis, after a day of shuttle diplomacy across Europe. Nato shows its determination not to let up until all its demands are met - with heavy bombing raids on Belgrade.

The search for a solution
Dissent in Belgrade
Brian Hanrahan: "Nobody is hopeful of an agreement"
Nato strikes: Day 36
(28 April)

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Draskovic fired
Yugoslavia's Deputy Prime Minister, Vuk Draskovic, is dismissed for opposing the government's position on the Kosovo conflict.

Documentary uncovers Kosovo's horrors
Kosovo could force Russia defence rethink
Kosovo aid - when your help is a problem
Escalating the war
BBC's Andrew Bomford: Serbian TV pictures showed extensive damage
UN Correspondent Mark Devenport: Civilian impact of oil embargo
Nato strikes: Fifth week
(21 - 27 April)

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Nato tightens grip
Day-by-day coverage of the fifth week of Nato's air campaign, with links to original stories, transcripts, BBC audio and video reports.
BBC reports include: Nato hits Milosevic party HQ and residence, Nato missile hits Serbian TV, Montenegro warns of destbilisation, leaders at Nato 50th anniversary summit vow to press on with campaign.

Nato strikes: Fourth week
(14 - 20 April)

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Refugees hit
Day-by-day coverage of the fourth week of Nato's air campaign, with links to original stories, transcripts, BBC audio and video reports.
BBC reports include: Refugees killed as Nato hits convoys, raids widen across Yugoslavia, US holds Yugoslav prisoner, Nato says ethnic cleansing spreading.
Nato strikes: Third week
(7 - 13 April)

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Nato reinforces
Full BBC coverage of the third week of Nato's action with links to original stories, transcripts + BBC audio and video reports.
BBC reports include: Heaviest bombardments of Serbia so far, Nato brings in large-scale reinforcements, Nato missile hits passenger train, killing ten people, refugee crisis continues, Nato ground troops sent to Albania.
Nato strikes: The second week
(31 March - 6 April)

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Refugee exodus
Full BBC coverage of the second week of Nato's action with links to original stories, transcripts + BBC audio and video reports.
BBC reports include: Nato intensifies bombing, central Belgrade and key bridges hit, refugee exodus from Kosovo increases massively, three US soldiers captured by Serbia.

Nato strikes: The first week
(24-30 March)

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Serbia bombed
Full BBC coverage of the first week of Nato's action with links to original stories, transcripts + BBC audio and video reports.
BBC reports include: First raids, reports of scorched earth policy in Kosovo, Nato loses Stealth fighter, refugees tell stories of atrocities, Nato starts round-the-clock air attacks, Russian mediation comes to nothing.

Build-up to conflict

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Details of the negotiations at Rambouillet, the earlier massacre at Racak and the history of the conflict stretching back to March 1998. With links to original stories, transcripts, BBC audio and video reports.

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