Croatia and rebel Serbs holding a third of the country agreed on a cease-fire covering the Christmas and New Year holiday period. The truce in the breakaway Krajina region of Croatia would roughly parallel to a cease-fire approved Thursday by Muslim and Croat forces in neighboring Bosnia.
The Krajina news agency reported Serb voters just failed to elect hardline nationalist Milan Babic as their president in a first round ballot last Sunday. To become president, Babic needed to win 50 percent of the vote. He received 49.09.