The Independent (London, England)

The Independent is a Monday to Sunday newspaper, owned and published by Independent Print Ltd and headquartered in London, England. It was first published in 1986 in reaction to the conservative views held by the London Times and the London Telegraph. It has a liberal slant. The Independent's audience is London based, with 54 percent of its readership living in London and its surroundings. Other notable qualities of its readership are: the average reader is 43 years old; 59 percent are employed; 62 percent are married; 48 percent have a college degree or higher; and 73 percent own their own homes. Regions covered include: London and South East, South West, Midlands, North and North East, North West, Scotland, and Wales. The Independent is the youngest of Britain's daily newspapers and is notable for challenging London's more established and conservative daily newspapers. The daily edition was named National Newspaper of the Year at the 2004 British Press Awards. In 2010, Simon Kelner, Editor-in-Chief of The Independent, and Johann Hari, a regular columnist in the paper, each received a Comment Award, similar to the U.S. Pultizer Prize. Oliver Wright is Whitehall editor; Oly Duff is home news editor, and Katherine Butler is comment editor.

Articles from November 13, 2002

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Alcohol `Increases Risk of Breast Cancer'
EVERY ALCOHOLIC drink a woman consumes on a daily basis increases her risk of breast cancer by 6 per cent, the world's largest study of the link between alcohol, tobacco and breast cancer has found. Drinking is rising in Britain, especially among young...
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ANALYSIS: COUNTERING TERRORISM: The Fear, the Warnings and How a Nation Was Placed on High Alert ; the Code Is Black Special, the Danger Clear and Present. but How Good Is Our Intelligence Network, and How Much Do We Really Know?
LAST WEEK, the Home Secretary published what he thought was a carefully worded, sober assessment of the threat posed by the al- Qa'ida network. Instead, in a classic Westminster gaffe, an earlier - and racier - draft copy was handed over to reporters,...
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Angry Putin Rejects Political Solution to Chechnya Violence
RUSSIA FIERCELY brushed aside pressure for a political settlement in Chechnya yesterday as a row raged over comments made by the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, on Islamic extremism. In Oslo for a meeting with the German Chancellor, Gerhard Schroder,...
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Aspiring Bishops to Have Job Interviews
CANDIDATES FOR the posts of bishop and archbishop in the Church of England will be given a test on ecclesiastical history - the first time such an exam has been set. Even applicants for the role of Archbishop of Canterbury will be required to prove the...
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Baghdad Has Nerve Gas Antidote, Says US
AMERICAN OFFICIALS believe Iraq has been purchasing large quantities of a drug that could be used as an antidote to the effects of nerve gas. The shipments are raising concern that the regime in Baghdad is expecting to deploy chemical weapons in the...
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Blair Faces an Emergency as Firefighters Go on Strike
THE GOVERNMENT is digging in for a long and bitter confrontation with Britain's firefighters, who start a series of national stoppages at 6pm and are to announce a second series of strikes for the new year. Last-chance talks between the employers and...
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Boeing Set to Bale out of Sonic Cruiser
BOEING MOVED a step closer to abandoning its Sonic Cruiser programme yesterday by confirming that it was now offering airlines the alternative of a "Super Efficient" aircraft based on conventional designs. The change in tack is understood to have been...
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British Man `Hacked into US Military Computers'
AN UNEMPLOYED programmer from Britain could be extradited to the United States after being accused of hacking into a large part of America's military computer network since the 11 September attacks. Gary McKinnon, 39, faces a lengthy prison sentence...
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British Too Quick to Deride Cleverness, Says Minister
BRITAIN MUST rid itself of the culture that allows its brightest children to be sneered at as "too clever by half", David Miliband, the minister for School Standards, said yesterday. He urged parents to take part in a talent competition in the new year...
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Buccaneering Bank Founded by Jewish Refugee from Nazi Germany
SG WARBURG was founded in 1945 by Siegmund Warburg and his partner, Henry Grunfeld. Warburg, part of a Hamburg banking family, was a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany and trained at Rothschild. He liked to choose recruits by studying their handwriting....
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Bush Warns Iraq after Parliament Rejects UN Resolution ; THREAT OF WAR Vote Meets Derision from the US President and the Foreign Secretary, as Downing Street Tries to Calm Fears of Terrorism
THE SHADOW BOXING between the United States and Iraq continued yesterday when the parliament in Baghdad recommended rejecting the UN resolution on weapons inspections and President George Bush warned that such a decision would lead to war. The rubber-stamp...
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Carjacker's Deadly Attack Caught on Film
A MAN aged 18 was jailed for nine years yesterday after admitting he had killed a security guard during a carjacking. Once Christopher Howell, from Openshaw, Manchester, was sentenced, police released CCTV footage of the moment he attacked Sikiru Egberongbe,...
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`Car Thieves Stabbed Victim in the Head with Screwdriver'
THREE MEN accused of killing a young father when he caught them trying to steal a car had been on a three-month crime spree at the time of the murder, a jury was told yesterday. The men stabbed Kevin Jackson through the head with a screwdriver when he...
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Case for the Defence of Our Jury System ; One Must Never Hurry into a Decision Merely Because the Lunch Hour Is Approaching
Now that I've just completed jury service for the first time, I've been asked if it actually bears any resemblance to Twelve Angry Men. My answer is yes; but it's not the Henry Fonda film, it's Tony Hancock's identically titled television pastiche that...
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Cinema
THE BEST FILMS Laissez-Passer (12A, Bertrand Tavernier, 170mins) Screenwriter Jean Aurenche and director Jean Devaivre (Jacques Gamblin, right) - on whose experiences this film was based - were film-makers in German-occupied France during the Second...
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CLASSICAL: LEIPZIG GEWANDHAUS; St Giles, Cripplegate & Barbican Hall, London
Leipzig, home of the Gewandhaus orchestra for 250 years, is on the up; and why not, if its northerly neighbour Berlin is bold enough to risk its all on a British conductor? Bringing some of their home-grown produce to London, the Gewandhaus band and...
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Cleric Names His Price for Ruling with Musharraf
THE ISLAMIC cleric Fazl-ur Rahman is sitting cross-legged on a bed happily outlining his agenda as the aspiring Prime Minister of Pakistan, one of the world's geo-political hotspots and a focal point in the American- led war against al-Qa'ida. The mullah...
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CRICKET: England Send Silverwood Straight to Front Line
CHRIS SILVERWOOD, England's third replacement fast bowler, joined up with Nasser Hussain's humbled squad here yesterday after a chaotic week that has seen him fly to Hong Kong - where he represented England in the Hong Kong sixes - and back before receiving...
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CRICKET: ICC Takes Action after after Bottle Hits Drakes ; West Indies 300-5; India 200-1 India Win by 81 Runs (Duckworth- Lewis Method)
THE INTERNATIONAL Cricket Council has condemned the "unacceptable" events in Rajkot which forced the third one-day international between India and the West Indies to be cut short. For the third successive match, crowd trouble interrupted the on- field...
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Drink a Day Raises Breast Cancer Risk, Study Warns
EVERY ALCOHOLIC drink a woman consumes increases her risk of breast cancer, the world's largest study of the link between alcohol, tobacco and breast cancer has found. Drinking is rising, especially among young women, and the researchers estimate it...
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European Travel: SOMEWHERE FOR THE WEEKEND; Cork ; Ireland's Second City Is Compact and Friendly, and Currently Abuzz with the Annual Arts Festival. AOIFE O'RIORDAIN Enjoys Some Gaelic Hospitality
WHY GO NOW? The Cork Arts Fest 2002 is in full swing in various locations throughout the city. The week-long festival, organised by the Cork Institute of Technology, features more than 70 events ranging from theatre to musical performances, dance, film...
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Financial Journalism `in Danger of Being Choked by Regulatory Creep'
FINANCIAL JOURNALISM is in danger of being swamped by what the editor-in-chief of Reuters yesterday dubbed "regulatory creep". Speaking at a conference organised to examine the threats posed to financial reporting from new regulation, Geert Linnebank...
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Firefighter's Strike: Emergency Fire Service Instructed to Focus on Saving Lives
BRITAIN WILL become a more dangerous place from 6pm today when firefighters begin their 48-hour strike. While the country is on high alert over possible terrorist attacks, members of our fire and rescue service will be on the picket line. The firefighters...
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Firefighters' Strike: From Hospitals to the Tube: How Public Services Will Be Affected
THE STRIKES will affect many areas besides firefighting. HOSPITALS The Government said it would be "business as usual" in the NHS on strike days, but all NHS trusts and GP surgeries had been told to raise awareness of fire prevention. A Department of...
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Firefighters' Strike: Hundreds Pay Tribute to Colleague Who Died in Blaze
HUNDREDS OF firefighters lined the streets of Leicester yesterday to pay tribute to a colleague who died tackling a blaze. Bob Miller, 44, who had two children, fell through the floor of a disused hosiery factory while searching for trapped occupants....
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Firefighters' Strike: It's All about Self-Respect, Say Embittered Firefighters
THE FIREFIGHTERS of Blue Watch returned from their third false alarm of the day to discover that the main event was finally on. News of the first strike for a generation was breaking on the television in the rest room, so they went back out to pick up...
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Firefighters' Strike: No Plan to Cover Terrorist Attack, Admit Ministers
MINISTERS WERE holding emergency discussions last night on how to secure public safety during the fire strikes. On the eve of the walkout, Downing Street admitted there were still no firm plans in place for dealing with a catastrophe. John Prescott,...
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Firefighters' Strike: The Military Struggled to Cope in 1977
THE FIRST nationwide firefighters' strike in 1977 plunged the country into a state of emergency and cost the lives of several civilians and servicemen. Industrial action, prompted by a pay dispute, started on 14 November and lasted through Christmas...
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Firefighter's Strike: Why the Pay Talks Broke Down
THE TALKS foundered on the inability of employers to offer a pay rise remotely close to the Fire Brigades Union's 40 per cent demand.The union embarked on its campaign with a four point plan: a 40 per cent rise to take salaries to pounds 30,000 a year;...
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FIRST NIGHT: Explosive Ms Dynamite Keeps Her Powder Dry till the End ; Ms Dynamite Concorde II, Brighton
IN THE past year, Ms Dynamite aka Niomi McLean-Daley must have thought all her Christmases had arrived at once. As well as a pair of top ten singles, the 21-year-old singer bagged a heap of Mobo awards and, in September, beat David Bowie to win the prestigious...
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Football: Bayern Players Will Be Fighting for Their Futures ; CHAMPIONS' LEAGUE: Germans Aim to Bow out of Competition with Pride as Old Trafford Hierarchy Begins Planning Major Overhaul of Squad
MORE THAN pride will be at stake for Germany's Bayern Munich when they entertain the French club Lens today in their final game in European competition this season. Even victory in their last match in the opening stage of the Champions' League would...
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FOOTBALL: CHAMPIONS' LEAGUE - Liverpool Fall Short after Glorious Fight ; Basle 3 Liverpool 3 - Houllier's Men Relegated to Uefa Cup despite Recovering from Three Goals Down after Disastrous First Half against Basle
CHRISTIAN GROSS promised "a night to remember" and his team delivered. Clinical in attack, open in defence, Basle forced Liverpool to throw off the sackcloth and put on the gladrags last night. The consequence was a thrilling match but, ultimately for...
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Football: Ferguson's Patience Runs out as United Look to Future
AS CONCERN mounts within Old Trafford over the prospect of another season without a trophy, Sir Alex Ferguson yesterday began planning in earnest for an overhaul of Manchester United's squad while preparing them for tonight's final encounter in Group...
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FOOTBALL: Irish Official Quits as Report Backs Keane
THE FOOTBALL Association of Ireland followed its English counterpart in losing its most powerful man yesterday when its general secretary, Brendan Menton, resigned after the publication of a highly critical independent report into the organisation of...
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Football: Meira Ensures Timely and Lucrative Win for Stuttgart ; UEFA CUP ROUND-UP
VFB Stuttgart earned the financial boost they were looking for by moving into the third round of the Uefa Cup with victory against Ferencvaros. Stuttgart's general manager, Rolf Russmann, admitted on Monday that the German club's finances were tight...
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Football: Old Firm Aim to Heal SPL Split
CELTIC AND Rangers finally made steps yesterday to end the impasse between themselves and the other 10 members of the Scottish Premier League over a planned restructuring of the division. The 10 had grown frustrated in recent weeks at the slow response...
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Football: Robson Hopes Italians Will Lend Helping Hand ; CHAMPIONS' LEAGUE Newcastle Manager Seeks Favour from Juventus as Well as Win over Feyenoord While Old Trafford Prepares for Clear- Out
SIR BOBBY ROBSON'S relationship with the Netherlands runs deep. It was from here that he brought over Arnold Muhren and Frank Thijssen, two of the first foreigners to play in English domestic football. It was here that he won the Uefa Cup with Ipswich...
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FOOTBALL: Robson Puts Faith in Italian Helping Hand ; Newcastle Manager Needs Favour from Juventus as Well as Victory over Feyenoord to Keep Champions' League Campaign Alive
SIR BOBBY ROBSON'S relationship with the Netherlands runs deep. It was from here that he brought over Arnold Muhren and Frank Thijssen, two of the first foreigners to play in English domestic football. It was here that he won the Uefa Cup with Ipswich...
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Football: Rosenborg Ready to Make Move for Heggem
THE NORWEGIAN club Rosenborg Trondheim are targeting the Liverpool defender Vegard Heggem. The 27-year-old Norwegian international has made four appearances over the last two seasons, and 65 in four years, due to hamstring problems. He is out of contract...
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Football: Toure Sent off but Arsenal Go through as Group Winners ; Arsenal 0 PSV Eindhoven 0
ARSENAL, ALREADY assured of reaching the second phase of the Champions' League for the third successive season, won their group in something less than the grand manner last night. A dull goalless draw, achieved after Kolo Toure had deservedly been sent...
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France's Expert on Success Is Heading for a Political Failure
A FRENCH politician's career is tottering tow failurea month after he published a book entitled What Is A Successful Life? The book has been a resounding hit, unlike the author, Luc Ferry, who was appointed Education Minister only six months ago. President...
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France's Expert on the Philosophy of Success Is Heading for a Fall
A FRENCH politician's career is tottering towards failure a month after he published a book entitled What Is A Successful Life? The book has been a resounding hit, unlike the author, Luc Ferry, who was appointed Education Minister only six months ago....
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Ghetto Superstar ; His Was Always an Unlikely Success Story - the Aggressive White Rapper with a Chip on His Shoulder and Serious Family Issues. but a Powerful New Movie Has Forced America to Reconsider Its Opinion of Eminem. Now He's Even Being Used to Promote Western Values in the Middle East. ANDREW GUMBEL Reports on the Latest Chapter in an Extraordinary Story
We've come to expect a lot of things of Marshall Mathers III, the controversial rapper and pop culture phenomenon better known to the world as Eminem, but documentary realism hasn't, so far, been one of them. And yet, that's what we largely get in 8...
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Globalisation Kills off Warburg Name ; BUSINESS ANALYSIS UBS Consigns Venerable City Name to the Corporate Dustbin as It Becomes a Single Worldwide Brand
WHEN WARBURG, then one of the City's top merchant banks, was taken over by Swiss Bank Corporation in 1995, the chairman Sir David Scholey said the deal was "like the clunk of a Rolls-Royce door". Yesterday the Warburg name was consigned to the corporate...
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Halle Berry in Line for Bond Film Spin-Off
THE OSCAR-WINNING actress Halle Berry is being lined up to star in the first spin-off from the James Bond movies. After scooping her Academy Award by playing a downtrodden waitress in last year's independent film hit Monster's Ball, Berry, 34, has upped...
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Headhunter Whitehead Mann Chops 10% of Staff
THE RECRUITMENT company Whitehead Mann announced yesterday that Stephen Lawrence would be its new chief executive as it announced a cost-cutting programme to reduce staff numbers by 10 per cent, which would cost it pounds 2m. The moves came as the company...
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Headhunter Whitehead Mann Chops 10 per Cent of Staff
THE RECRUITMENT company Whitehead Mann yesterday named Stephen Lawrence as its new chief executive as it announced a cost-cutting programme to reduce staff numbers by 10 per cent had cost it pounds 2m. The moves came as the company painted a gloomy picture...
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HEALTH: `A High Death Rate Isn't Always Bad News' ; HEALTH CHECK
To the Royal College of Surgeons for the launch of the first league table of heart-surgery death rates to name individual hospitals. This could be a good story, my colleagues and I thought as we arrived, meaning of course a bad one - a chance to finger...
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Health: A QUESTION; OF HEALTH
ECZEMA DRUG ANXIETY My two-year-old daughter has been started on a new treatment for eczema called tacrolimus. It seems to be working very well, but I understand it suppresses the immune system and this makes me worry that she will suffer from other...
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Health: Bigger Than Botox? ; Wrinkle-Busting Toxin Injections Have Revolutionised Attitudes to Cosmetic Procedures. but a New Treatment Using Your Own Cells Could Prove Even More Popular, Reports HESTER LACEY
In recent years, the frontline skirmishes in the battle against ageing have been fought with syringes. Injecting facial wrinkles to plump them out has become something of a craze. But the search for the holy grail of the perfect "filler" has encompassed...
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Lack of Trust Bigger Threat to Firms Than Terrorism
AS FEARS of terrorist attacks escalate daily, businesses are being warned not to get too obsessed about the risk that an outrage such as the attack on the Twin Towers poses to their everyday activities. Control Risks Group, a business risk consultancy,...
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Landmark Exhibition Reveals Splendour of the Aztecs
MORE THAN 10,000 people have bought tickets in advance for the Royal Academy's spectacular exhibition of Aztec art. The comprehensive survey of Aztec culture is the most intellectually challenging and visually engrossing show the academy has mounted...
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LAST NIGHT'S TELEVISION ; the Entertainers V BBC2; Jamie's Kitchen V C4
"We don't live in the past," said Leo Sayer earnestly, outlining the secret of a happy working life to a colleague on the tour bus. This statement might have been more impressive if he'd been making it to anyone other than Suzi Quatro, with whom he happened...
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Leading Article: Prove There Is No Prejudice: Send Paddick Back to Lambeth
WAS COMMANDER Brian Paddick the subject of a gay witchhunt? That is a serious question, but the treatment meted out to this conscientious and dedicated policeman by his employers, the Metropolitan Police, certainly smacks of homophobia. Of course, as...
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Leading Article: So Much Alarming Talk, So Little to Help the Public Adjust to the War on Terror
THE PRIME Minister put it very well in his Guildhall speech: "The dilemma is reconciling warning people with alarming them; taking preventive measures without destroying normal life." The evidence of the past week suggests that his Government is still...
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Letter: Blair Has Set Us Up as a Target for Terrorist Attacks
Sir: Tony Blair informs us that we should expect terror attacks in this country, and we should be vigilant. How? If some nutcase wants to explode a nuclear bomb or gas us, what are we supposed to do about it? I am angry that Tony Blair has chosen to...
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Letter: Cannabis Disaster Seen at First Hand
Sir: The front page headline "Cannabis `may cause public health disaster' " (11 November) came as no surprise to this household. As the parents of a boy who was drawn into cannabis smoking at 15, we've seen one disaster at first hand. This was a happy...
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Letter: Fire Heroes?
Sir: In 1939 I did some training with the National Fire Service and subsequently was in several fires, the most memorable being a Witley bomber that crashed on Linton Road, Oxford, on 4 May, 1941. When I and four fellow medical students arrived at the...
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Market Movers ; Oxus Mining in Demand + Luminar Warns on Growth + Broker Upbeat on Filtronic + European Diamonds Loses Its Sparkle
bOxus Mining 6.5p (up 1.75p, 36.8 per cent). Company mulls changes in management but says it has not received any bid approaches. bFiltronic 89.5p (up 13.5p, 17.8 per cent). Upbeat comments from the French broker BNP Paribas push the stock higher. bMMT...
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MARKET REPORT: GUS Soars on Suggestions a Major Share Buyback Is Imminent
SUGGESTIONS THAT GUS may announce a major return of money to investors when the retailer posts interim results later this month sent traders rushing for the stock yesterday and helped it ended the session as one of the best-performing blue chips, up...
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Ministers Develop Plan for `Protect and Survive' Film to Warn of Terror Threat
A PUBLIC information film in the style of the 1970s Protect and Survive campaign is being considered by the Government as part of plans to improve the country's ability to cope with terrorist attacks. The Government News Network is understood to be backing...
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Ministers Plan `Protect and Survive' Film as Ferry Attack Threat Is Played Down
A PUBLIC information film in the style of the 1970s Protect and Survive campaign is being considered by the Government as part of plans to improve the country's ability to cope with terrorist attacks. The Government News Network is understood to be backing...
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MOTORCYCLING: Teenager Hopkins Secures Suzuki Factory Ride
AN AMERICAN teenager, whose British father raced in the Isle of Man TT, has been signed by Suzuki to ride in next season's MotoGP world championship. The team, based at Edenbridge in Kent, have brought in the 19- year-old John Hopkins to race alongside...
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MOTOR RACING: Arab Investors Step in to Rescue Arrows
ARROWS LOOK to have been given a last-minute reprieve amid reports that the Formula One team have been bought by Arab investors. A company called German Grand Prix Racing have taken a majority stake in the Oxfordshire-based team, according to reports...
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Netanyahu Pledges to Expel Arafat If Elected
BINYAMIN NETANYAHU, the Israeli Foreign Minister, said yesterday that if he were elected Prime Minister he would expel Yasser Arafat from the occupied territories. "The first order of business of the next government needs to be to expel this man," Mr...
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News Firefighters' Strike: How Each County Will Provide Cover for Emergencies
HERE IS a breakdown of the level of cover fire services throughout the UK would normally provide, followed by emergency cover they expect the military is likely to provide. The numbers are based on estimates from fire brigades and are not MoD figures....
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NIGERIA: Condemned Woman Urges End to Miss World Boycott ; Adulterous Wife Who Faces Death by Stoning Welcomes Beauty Queens and Says `No Man Can Harm Me without God's Permission'
A NIGERIAN woman condemned to death by stoning for having sex outside marriage welcomed beauty queens arriving for this year's Miss World contest yesterday and urged those staying away to abandon their boycott. "I really appreciate the support of the...
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Northern Foods to Keep Final Salary Pension Plan
NORTHERN FOODS, the supplier of ready-made meals to supermarkets such as Marks & Spencer, bucked the trend in the pensions market yesterday when it decided to retain its generous final salary pension scheme. The company, which sells 30 per cent of its...
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Obituary: Bill Scully ; Cartoonist Still Active in His Nineties
FOR MORE than 60 years, Bill Scully was one of the most successful cartoonists of his generation. His drawings were still being published only weeks before his death at the age of 92. Indeed, in a bizarre turn of events, a recent edition of the Spectator...
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Obituary: Frank P. Rosenberg ; Film Producer with an Eye for Writers
FRANK P. ROSENBERG, whose career in the film industry lasted from the early days of talkies until the Nineties, produced the only film directed by Marlon Brando, One-Eyed Jacks (1961). Known for his ability to recognise writing talent, Rosenberg made...
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Obituary: Lt-Gen Sir Napier Crookenden ; Airborne Commander on D-Day
AS BRIGADE Major of the 6th Airlanding Brigade, Napier Crookenden was involved in the planning of the seizing of the Orne Bridge on D- Day. A month after landing in Normandy, he was given command of the 9th Parachute Battalion and led them, very much...
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Obituary: Margaret Thomas ; Hostess with a Light Touch at the Royal Institution and Peterhouse
THE HOUSE of the Royal Institution in Albemarle Street, London, has been the scene of much significant activity in the life of the nation for over 200 years - notably in bringing science to the public with demonstrations and lecture series, such as the...
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OFT Launches Inquiry into Doorstep Selling
A WIDE-RANGING investigation into doorstep selling was launched by the Office of Fair Trading yesterday after a surge in complaints about illegal, high-pressure sales tactics. The OFT stressed that the 12-month inquiry would examine all forms of doorstep...
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Outlook: End of the Road for `Old' City as Another Famous Brand Dies
FOR ANYONE with a sense of City history, the death of the Warburgs name is something of a defining moment. Few of the names that dominated the City before Big Bang still exist, but if at the time you had been forced to bet on one with the staying power...
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Outlook: Finance Reporting
MUCH BEATING of chests and climbing on high horses at a conference in London yesterday on financial journalism and the apparent determination of both legislators and regulators to undermine the way in which we operate. It is, however, a measure of the...
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Outlook: MG Rover
OLD DOGS cannot be taught new tricks and MG Rover's latest attempt to cuddle up to an alliance partner looks like ending as miserably as all its previous efforts. When the deal with the inaccurately named China Brilliance was unveiled in March, MG Rover...
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Paddick `Considering His Position' after Charges Are Dropped
BRITAIN'S MOST controversial police chief said yesterday that he was considering his future after he was cleared of serious wrongdoing for allowing a former boyfriend to smoke cannabis at his home. The decision not to bring disciplinary charges against...
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Paddick `Considering Position' after Charges Are Dropped
BRITAIN'S MOST controversial police chief said yesterday that he was considering his future after he was cleared of serious wrongdoing for allowing a former boyfriend to smoke cannabis at his home. The decision not to bring disciplinary charges against...
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Parents Mourn after Bout of Middle East Bloodshed
THE BODY of a two-year-old Palestinian boy shot dead before his father's eyes was buried here yesterday. Even as they lowered the tiny body of Nafez Mishal into the ground, a few hours drive away, the bodies of two Israeli children murdered by a suspected...
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Parents Mourn after Middle East Bloodshed
A PALESTINIAN boy aged two shot dead in front of his father was buried here yesterday. As they lowered Nafez Mishal into the ground, a few hours' drive away two Israeli children murdered by a suspected Palestinian gunman on Sunday night were also being...
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PowderJect Pledges to Start Human Trials of New HIV Vaccine Next Year
POWDERJECT Pharmaceuticals, the vaccines company being stalked by a US predator, has promised to push five new products into human trials next year, as it tries to dispel market doubts about its needle-free injection technology. Paul Drayson, PowderJect's...
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Prince's Aide Dismisses Talk of Royal Cover-Up ; BURRELL CASE Palace Announces Internal Investigation into Events and Allegations Surrounding the Collapse of the Trial of Former Butler
THE SUGGESTION that a royal conspiracy lay behind the series of events that ended the trial of Paul Burrell was dismissed last night by Sir Michael Peat, the private secretary to the Prince of Wales. Sir Michael, speaking in a series of interviews to...
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Property: A Paddle before the Plunge ; Even If You've Been Going to the Same Holiday Destination for Years, It Sometimes Pays to Try before You Buy a Permanent Home in the Sun. but Is It Really Worth the Hassle and Expense of Renting? GINETTA VEDRICKAS Reports
If buying a property is a big step, then buying abroad is even riskier. Language barriers, differences in legal system and red tape can make choosing the best location and the right property a bewildering process but some buyers are finding ways of ensuring...
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Property: G-Plan Goes Georgian ; DOMINIC LUTYENS Meets Suzanne Trocme, Design Writer and Author of Fabric; Suzanne Trocme, a Design and Architecture Writer, Lives in a Two-Bedroom House in Belgravia, London, with Her Family
Before I became a writer, I worked in the rag trade - as creative services co- ordinator for Ralph Lauren in Paris in the Eighties and as merchandising director for Benetton in New York in the Nineties. The area I live in - Belgravia, bordering on Pimlico...
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Property: HOT SPOT - Newmarket ; with Good Links to London and Cambridge, You Don't Have to Be Horsey to Live in the Home of Racing
Leaves on the line are an undisputed nuisance, but horses crossing the road are another matter entirely. "On winter mornings, you often see a string of horses crossing the road - great, majestic, steaming beasts, nostrils flaring and sweat rising off...
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Property: HOUSE HUNTER - `We Want a Spanish Bowling Green' ; SIMON LAMBERT FINDS THE RIGHT PROPERTY FOR YOU
THE PROBLEM Barbara and Trevor Darraugh live in Woking, Surrey, and want to buy a holiday home in Spain. They have a budget of around pounds 75,000. "We've decided to buy a property in Spain because our investments are doing so badly. Time's getting...
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Property: Ignore Your Buyer - It's Only Polite ; OVERVIEW
BY PENNY JACKSON There is always plenty of advice when selling your home about how to make it more attractive - from cleaning the windows to brewing up fresh coffee - but almost none about how to behave with the purchaser. Do you disappear into a corner,...
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Property: PROPERTIES OF THE WEEK: SIX TO VIEW
THE COUNTRY COTTAGE BEAULY COTTAGE Hinton St George, Somerset Price: pounds 142,500 Agent: Alder King, 01460 241880 They say: Picturesque double-fronted character cottage, flagstone and timber floors, two bedrooms, conservatory/ play-room, open brick...
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Property: Q & A ; THE INDEPENDENT PROPERTY YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
QIs it worth using one of these new online companies to carry out conveyancing, and do they really offer "no sale, no fee"? M Collins, Brighton, by e-mail A The greatest selling point of online services is that most of the firms are accessible by phone...
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Property: Switch Lenders, Save Pounds ; for Borrowers, Loyalty Is an Overrated Virtue, Says CHRISTOPHER BROWNE
If the idea of DIY fills you with apathy, don't worry. Instead of getting out the screwdriver and sizing up the bathroom cabinets, why not join the postmodern DIY set - people who arrange their own remortgages. And in a borrower's market, with more than...
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Property: TAKE IT HOME
Buying a limited-edition print from an original negative represents a good opportunity to acquire a photographic treasure at an affordable price. The new Christmas exhibition at the Atlas Gallery is one such opportunity, presenting works by leading photographers,...
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Property: The New Communal Living ; Buying a Second Home with Other Families Can Be a Fraught Exercise. but with a Little Organisation, It Can Bring Years of Rewards, Says PENNY JACKSON
During the Eighties, a group of Londoners with small children and tight budgets started to think about how they could enjoy inexpensive family holidays. When they settled on the idea of buying a second home together, that was the easy part. After that...
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Protest over Plan for Nuclear Dump in Snowdonia
THERE WAS something of a flourish about the way the Trawsfynydd nuclear power station was unveiled in Snowdonia 43 years ago. Designed by the distinguished architect Sir Basil Spence, it was a regarded as an awesome symbol of an atomic age and its planning...
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Pub Group Suspends Shares and Ousts Chairman over Mis-Stated Accounts
SHARES IN SFI Group were suspended yesterday when the troubled pubs operator, whose chains include Slug & Lettuce and Bar Med, admitted it had mis-stated its accounts. Tony Hill, SFI's chairman and former chief executive, has left with immediate effect...
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Putin Rejects Political Solution to Chechnya Conflict
RUSSIA FIERCELY rejected pressure for a political settlement in Chechnya yesterday as a row raged over comments made by its President, Vladimir Putin, on Islamic extremism. In Oslo for a meeting with the German Chancellor, Gerhard Schroder, Mr Putin...
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RACING: Rooster Sounds Charge for Hobbs' Flying Squad
NOTWITHSTANDING the news that World Series champion-elect Grandera has arrived safely on Chinese territory ahead of his tilt at the Hong Kong Cup next month, and that Breeders' Cup anti-hero Domedriver is in fine fettle for the Mile at the same meeting,...
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Rallying: Rossi Indulges Four-Wheeled Fantasy in the Rain, Fog and Mud of Wales ; Four-Times World Motorcycling Champion Makes Rallying Debut in Tomorrow's Great Britain Event
THE GRUNTS and groans shattered the tranquillity of the Ligurian mountains with ever-increasing intensity but Valentino Rossi managed to suppress any natural impulse to take the bends on two wheels. Motorcycling's equivalent of Michael Schumacher has...
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Reuters Loses out to Rival on $1Bn Merrill Lynch Contract
REUTERS, the financial information provider hit by plunging revenues, suffered another major setback yesterday when it lost out on a $1bn (pounds 630m) contract being offered by Merrill Lynch. The deal is to go, instead, to rival Thomson Financial, part...
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Royal Inquiry into Aftermath of Burrell Case
ST JAMES'S Palace responded last night to the mounting pressure for action over the controversies surrounding the Royal Family by announcing an internal inquiry into issues arising from the collapse of the Paul Burrell trial. Although the move was intended...
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RUGBY LEAGUE: Waite Confident over Sculthorpe Fitness
PAUL SCULTHORPE is winning his race to be fit for Great Britain's vital second Test against New Zealand on Saturday. The St Helens loose- forward or stand-off missed the first Test defeat last weekend with a thigh injury, but the Great Britain coach,...
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