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CAPE TOWN, April 26 (Reuters)--World War Three will start in July in the Balkans, last seven months and end in victory for the U.S.-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization, according to a new analysis of 16th century French seer Nostradamus. "He is clear it will start before the end of the century during the period of Cancer which is between June 22 and July 23, and in a triangle bordered by Greece, Italy and Turkey, which is the Balkans," University of Stellenbosch Professor of Political Science Willie Breytenbach told Reuters. "I have to emphasize I am a skeptic. I am an academic who was bored on a Sunday But what I found was so chilling that I put pen to paper."

NATO allies have been bombing targets in Serbia in a so-far abortive effort to force Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic to stop expelling the ethnic Albanian majority in the Serbian province of Kosovo. The air campaign has triggered angry responses from Russia, caused a biblical exodus of refugees from Kosovo, and forced the allies to contemplate sending in ground forces. Breytenbach said he found references to the conflict in 18 of the 950 quatrains written by Michel de Notre Dame in 1555 which have been found to refer to the fire of London, Louis Pasteur and Adolf Hitler among others. "In one quatrain he mentions the Slav people. He also mentions war in the mountains which, taken with what we know and the talk of land forces, all gelled," he added. …