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Articles from September 5, 2002

Afghan President Survives Assassination Attempt
AFGHAN President Hamid Karzai survived an assassination attempt today when a security guard fired at his car as it was leaving the governor's mansion in Kandahar. The incident occurred shortly after a car bomb killed and wounded scores of people...
Agassi and Hewitt Set Up Vintage Semi-Final Mauresmo Foils Hopes of American Final Four
Byline: CHRIS JONES DEFENDING champion Lleyton Hewitt has an 11-year advantage over Andre Agassi, but denies age will be a deciding factor in their eagerly awaited US Open semi-final clash on Saturday. Top-seed Hewitt, who is 21, admires Agassi's...
Airlines Spend Billions on Security
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT AIRLINES have spent billions of pounds on increased security at airports around the world since 11 September. BA alone has invested [pound]100 million, mainly in installing extensive baggage screening facilities. The...
And the Real Winner Is Simon Cowell, Who Will Make Millions from US Idol
Byline: JAMES LANGTON KELLY CLARKSON, a freshfaced former cocktail waitress from Texas was crowned America's Pop Idol last night - but the real winner is the contest's mastermind, British judge Simon Cowell. With millions of US viewers glued...
Banshee Screams from Flat Where Toddler Died; 'You Could Hear Him Slapping Her around. There Was Swearing and Cursing. It Was Disgusting' -Neighbour Gwendoline Veale Today
Byline: PAUL CHESTON;PATRICK MCGOWAN THE sounds of "banshee screams" and children crying were heard coming from the flat where a couple are accused of torturing to death their two-year-old daughter, a court heard today. Neighbours said the terrible...
Bourne to Run; THE BOURNE IDENTITY . Cert 12A, 118 Mins
Byline: NEIL NORMAN IT'S all change in Hollywood casting at the moment. Not only are nice guys turning nasty (Tom Hanks in Road to Perdition, Robin Williams in Insomnia) but also serious, young actors are testing themselves in action-hero roles....
Bush and Blair Try to Find Allies at UN to Back Action
Byline: CHARLES REISS;JEREMY CAMPBELL PRESIDENT BUSH and Tony Blair today launched an intense diplomatic offensive to win international support for action against Iraq. Their prime targets - for now - are Russia, China and France who, with the...
Calling Last Orders Sets Regent Back [Pounds Sterling]16 Million; City in Brief
REGENT Inns today said it was near to completing its exit from unbranded pubs, allowing it to focus on the more profitable Aussie-themed Walkabout bars and Bar Risa-Jongleurs comedy nightclubs. The group booked a [pound]16 million loss associated...
Centrica Defies the Doubters with [Pounds Sterling]431m
Byline: ROBERT LEA CENTRICA today shrugged off a summer of stock market jitters about its accounting and its future strategy in the post-Enron energy industry by posting a 30% rise in half-year profits and telling shareholders their interim dividend...
Control Freaks Who Wouldn't Let Your Child Go to School; Labour's Embarrassing U-Turn on Teacher Vetting Shows How Privatisation Can Lead to Government without Responsibility
Byline: SIMON JENKINS THE teacher vetting fiasco beggars belief. The Education Secretary, Estelle Morris, last week ordered thousands of London teachers and thus children to be turned away from schools at the start of the new term. She did this...
Coolness Goes West; ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE MIDLANDS _ Cert 15, 104 Mins
Byline: NEIL NORMAN SHANE Meadows has always had a distinctive voice as filmmaker. It may be a rough and raucous voice, but it has a consistent identity. Following on from TwentyFourSeven and A Room for Romeo Brass, his latest film maintains his...
Crawling from the Wildean Wreckage; THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST X Cert U, 101 Mins
Byline: NEIL NORMAN OLIVER Parker's screen version of one of the most perfect theatre comedies ever written is the equivalent of driving a vintage Bentley at full speed into a tower block. With one notable exception, nothing survives the wreckage....
Cross-Channel Shopping Trips 'Still Save Hundreds of Pounds'
Byline: VICTORIA FLETCHER PRICES on the Continent may have gone up since the introduction of the euro, but a new survey reveals vast savings can still be made across the Channel - and not just on cigarettes and alcohol. Goods such as sports gear,...
Drug-Test Dodgers Urged to Follow Radcliffe's Lead
Byline: DAVID BOND THE woman leading the battle against sport's drug cheats today called on athletes to stop avoiding tests and to follow the example of Paula Radcliffe by revealing their doping records. Radcliffe, the European 10,000 metres...
England Read the Script Perfectly
Byline: DAVID LLOYD NASSER HUSSAIN was able to breathe a sigh of relief today as his England team followed their instructions to the letter by making a storming start to the deciding npower Test. Captain Hussain stressed that this mor ning's...
Green Drops Baugur to Renew Arcadia Bid
Byline: FIONA WALSH PHILIP Green today relaunched his [pound]850 million takeover bid for Arcadia, abandoning plans to sell Topshop, Topman and Miss Selfridge to the Icelandic company Baugur. Baugur, which holds a key 20.1% stake in Arcadia,...
Health Fears as Dust Levels on Tube Rise 60 per Cent in a Year
Byline: HUMFREY HUNTER TUBE passengers are suffering from much higher levels of dust on the Underground than previously recorded, an Evening Standard investigation reveals today. The findings emerge from a survey of London's busiest Tube stations....
HEATHROW LET THIS 'GUN' ABOARD PLANE"; Airports Probe after Investigation Reveals Yawning Gaps in Security
Byline: DICK MURRAY A MAJOR investigation is under way at Heathrow today after an imitation 9mm semiautomatic pistol was taken aboard a British Midland flight in hand luggage. There were further failures by security staff at both Gatwick and...
Higginbotham Serves Notice on Derby after Wage Delay
Surrey given a helping hand by Somerset and Lancashire FOOTBALL: Danny Higginbotham has served his notice, believed to be 14 days, to Derby County for breach of contract. Derby manager John Gregory and his players have yet to receive their wages...
Holiday's over ... Now Parents Face the Bills; SUMMER CREDIT CARD SPENDING SOARS AS FAMILIES PAY OUT [Pounds sterling]5.2M AT THEME PARKS
Byline: VICTORIA FLETCHER;ALICE HART-DAVIS NO SOONER have the school gates reopened and the children are back at their desks than the credit card bills for a summer of fun land on the doormat. During July, more than [pound]8 billion was spent...
How to Pick a Perfect Pair; Drainpipe, Bootcut, Flared or Cropped - Trousers Are the Easiest Way to Update Your Wardrobe
Byline: DAVID HAYES IT is time to put the gipsy skirt to the back of the wardrobe. Like it or not, summer is officially over. It's back to work, back to school and back to reality for most of us. The new collections may have been on the shop...
Hussain Is Urging His Focus Group to Deliver
Byline: DAVID LLOYD NASSER HUSSAIN will attempt to escape from the pressures bubbling all around him and spend the next few days following his own sound advice. Captain Hussain sent England into today's series-deciding npower Test against India...
'I Know That My Louise Is Gone. I Look at Other Girls in the Street, but It's Never Her'
Byline: DANIELLE GUSMAROLI FOR the family of missing nurse Louise Kerton the past 13 months have been a nightmare. Her parents, Kathleen, a teacher, and Phil, 57, a consultant for a trade magazine, have spent every day hoping she will return....
Insurers in the Shade as Zurich Casts Shadow; Market Report
Byline: MALCOLM WITHERS THE BANK of England's decision not to change interest rates failed to lift the long shadow emanating from Switzerland, where Zurich Financial Services has lost $2 billion ([pound]1.3 billion) and plans to raise up to $2.5...
Insurers in the Shade as Zurich Casts Shadow; Market Report
Byline: MALCOM WITHERS Malcolm Withers UNCHANGED British interest rates failed to lift the long shadow emanating from Switzerland, where Zurich Financial Services has lost $2 billion ([pound]1.3 billion) and plans to raise up to $2.5 billion via...
International File
PATRICK VIEIRA today denied he flew into a rage with referee Andy D'Urso after he was dismissed during Sunday's 1-1 draw at Chelsea, writes Steve Stammers. The Football Association have charged the Arsenal midfielder with misconduct after D'Urso...
Iraqis Lose No Sleep over Threat of New War
Byline: SAM KILEY MUSTAFA took a long draw on his hookah. The smoke bubbled through its bowl and, exhaled through his nostrils, it rose in two spreading clouds towards the roof of the Hassan Azmi coffee shop. "War?" he said. "Maybe". Then he...
I've Been Cursed by Darcy. as His New Film, the Importance of Being Earnest Opens, Colin Firth Tells Why His Most Famous Role Continues to Haunt Him
Byline: JEFF DAWSON OH dear. Here I am preparing for my audience with Colin Firth and it seems I am about to inherit a hostile interviewee. I'm peeking through the door, watching a large, ageing German lady - whose palpitations have probably...
I've Got the Evidence to Condemn Saddam, Says Bush
Byline: CHARLES REISS;JEREMY CAMPBELL GEORGE BUSH today took another step to war with Iraq, declaring that he has enough evidence to justify toppling Saddam Hussein. The confident statement was the latest move in the quickening effort to rally...
Japan's Cash Cavalry Ease Banks Pressure; Market Report
Byline: RAY HEATH THE sounds of bugles announcing that the Japanese government was galloping to the rescue of its besieged banks broke a seven-day losing streak in Tokyo today. As other Asian markets gave a mixed welcome for overnight recoveries...
Joe Gives Teddy the Praise for Educating Him on World Stage; Cole on Learning Curve as He Bids to Establish Himself
Byline: KEN DYER JOE COLE today singled out Tottenham striker Teddy Sheringham as the player who helped him most on his summer adventure in Japan. Cole, one of a clutch of bright young Premiership stars who are determined to establish themselves...
Let's Spend the Night Together; We Celebrate 40 Electrifying Years of the Rolling Stones and Their Legendary Live Performances
Byline: VICTORIA YOUNG THEY may be nicknamed the Strolling Bones, but, despite a combined age of 232, Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ron are still the best when it comes to live performances, writes Victoria Young. The Rolling Stones have spent 40...
Levy: We're Still in Hunt for New Players
Byline: DAVID BOND TOTTENHAM chairman Daniel Levy today promised more signings following last week's deadline-day acquisition of striker Robbie Keane from Leeds United. Although Spurs supporters will have to wait patiently until the next transfer...
Man Who Is Making a Fortune from Fiasco
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN THIS IS the businessman worth [pound]50million whose company is at the centre of the teacher vetting chaos. Rod Aldridge, 55, is in charge of Capita, overseeing the checks on teachers which left thousands of children wondering...
Marconi Debt Default Chaos Rocks Markets
Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN WHEN is a default not a default? This is the question that has been exercising some of the City's brightest stars this week following the long-awaited restructuring of telecoms group Marconi. Last Thursday's announcement,...
Mayor's Key Community Adviser Is Taken to Court over His Noisy Restaurant
Byline: COLIN FREEMAN ONE of Ken Livingstone's key advisers is being prosecuted for being a noisy neighbour. Kumar Murshid, who advises the Mayor on regeneration, has been charged with noise offences by Westminster Council after neighbours complained...
Meanwhile Our Anthropologist Explains Just Why Jungle Life Has Led to Such Childish Envy, Petulance and Anger
Byline: DESMOND MORRIS TAKE eight celebrities and drop them into the Australian rainforest, and what have you got? At first sight they look like a family of chimps and at any moment you expect to see chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall in the undergrowth,...
Microchips Make for a Fearful Life
Byline: TIM LOTT THE 11-year-old girl whose parents, fearing abduction, have had a microchip fitted into her arm so they can keep track of her movements say she feels "so much safer" now she can be tracked wherever she goes. It's an appealing idea....
Millionaire Director of Chelsea Attacked in His Home by Crowbar Gang
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT A MILLIONAIRE businessman and vice president of Chelsea football club was attacked and his wife robbed of jewellery when a masked gang armed with crowbars burst into their family home last night. Joe Hemani suffered head...
Mixed Messages on Cannabis
THREE SPLIFFS and you are out sounds like a simple rule, easy to remember even for people who are often stoned. But there is a great deal that is unclear about the guidelines for policing cannabis now under discussion by the Association of Chief Police...
MPs to Get Early Nights but Lose Lie-Ins
Byline: BEN LEAPMAN LATE starts and long summer holidays will be a thing of the past for MPs under plans to make Parliament's working hours more like a regular office. Commons Leader Robin Cook was unveiling the proposals today with a pledge...
Noddy Takes a Bow as Chorion Jumps to [Pounds Sterling]1.2m
Byline: JIM ARMITAGE AN unlikely combination of Noddy and Hercule Poirot swelled profits at intellectual property group Chorion in its first set of results since separating from its London bars division. Chorion, which in May demerged from its...
No Files on Hussain
Byline: JONATHAN AGNEW IT HAS long been a deliberate technique of Nasser Hussain's to overplay the strengths of the opposition. I suspect this is for public consumption only and that he delivers a very different message to his England players: Nasser...
Now Amsterdam Wants to Ban Brits on Stag Nights
Byline: CHARLES MIRANDA;ADAM BLENFORD FIRST Dublin and now Amsterdam. It seems no one wants British men celebrating stag nights in their fair city. In the latest move to shun drunken antics, public cavorting and violence, the Dutch city has joined...
One Mad, Bad Daddy
Byline: NEIL NORMAN FRAILTY Cert 15, 100 mins THE complex relationship between father and son is evidently this year's big theme in Hollywood. Sam Mendes's forthcoming Road to Perdition attempts to explore the conflicting loyalties between a good...
Prints among Men; EXHIBITIONS Bruce Bernard: 100 Photographs/ Stepping in and out Victoria and Albert Museum
Byline: CLAIRE BISHOP BRUCE Bernard was an immensely respected and well-loved picture editor who died in 2000. He is best known for his work at the Sunday Times Magazine during the 1970s, and for his book Century (Phaidon 1999), a compendium of...
Prudential Takes 10% from Policy Bonuses
Byline: JANE PADGHAM INVESTORS faced more misery today after insurance giant Prudential said it was slashing the bonus rates on its with profits policies because of recent stock market turmoil. The move, which will affect policies under the Prudential,...
Puppeteer's Flawed Vision; Everyday Uses for Sight Barbican Pit
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD THEATRE "SIGHT is something that has always been really important to me," says Dan Hurlin in the programme notes for his latest work(s). Whilst innocently intended to explain the performer's fixation with vision and perspective,...
Puzzle of Rothschild's Asset Management Sell-Off; City Comment
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON UNLIKE Schroders and Warburgs, Rothschild has never made a decent fist of retail fund management. Some say the failure resulted from the family's refusal to allow the Rothschild name to be used in marketing although it...
Scientists Announce 'Remarkable' Technique to Treat Cervical Cancer
Byline: INDIRA DAS-GUPTA SCIENTISTS today unveiled what they described as a "remarkable" new technique which could revolutionise treatment for thousands of cancer patients. Unlike existing treatments, such as chemotherapy, which can make the...
Sister Act That Packs a Punch
Byline: NEIL NORMAN THERE is not much difference between the Catholic Church and the Taliban," says actor/ director Peter Mullan. "Both organisations think that teenage girls are going to bring down civilisation." One may gather from these remarks...
Student, 18, Appears in Court over Millwall Riot; News in Brief
A STUDENT who recently passed his A-levels is appearing in court today charged over the riot outside Millwall's football stadium after the team's playoff defeat by Birmingham. Ricky Cummins, 18, was arrested after the media published pictures of...
Sven Axes Healer; Controversial Doc Is Shown the Door
Byline: KEN DYER SVEN-GORAN Eriksson has controversially released the Dutch fitness guru he brought in for the World Cup. In a further shake-up of his backroom team, the Football Association has not renewed a deal with Richard Smith the doctor...
Sven Is Right to Pick the Leeds Two
Byline: GLENN HODDLE SVEN-GORAN ERIKSSON is right to include Lee Bowyer and Jonathan Woodgate in the squad to face Portugal this Saturday. I would have done the same - and now that David Beckham is injured I would certainly have Bowyer in the team....
Sweep Away No-Go Areas in the War on Terror, Says Rimington
Byline: JOE MURPHY THERE cannot be "no-go" zones for the intelligence and security forces during the war against terrorism, the former head of MI5 said today. Dame Stella Rimington said it was vital that politically correct objections to investigating...
Swiss Woes Casting a Chill over the Insurers; Market Report
Byline: MALCOLM WITHERS THE troubled insurance sector was beset by woes again today as those Swiss gnomes proved to be fallible at Zurich Financial Services. It has lost more than $2 billion ([pound]1.3 billion) and plans to raise up to $2.5 billion...
Talking Wardrobe Could End Misery of Flat Packs
Byline: GERAINT SMITH THEY cause physical injury, despair and incurable rage across the Western world, but now the end may be in sight for one of the scourges of modern living. Prepare to say farewell to the Flat Pack blues. A computer engineer...
Tara Gloats as Darren Has His Final Day in the Jungle
Byline: JAMES BURLEIGH TARA Palmer-Tomkinson gloated visibly as the singer Darren Day became the third contestant to be ejected from the Australian rainforest in ITV's celebrity show. Day followed boxer Nigel Benn and psychic Uri Geller in being...
The Secret Life of Zadie Smith; with C4 about to Dramatise Her Extraordinary First Book White Teeth, and Her Second Novel out This Month, We Reveal What the Famously Guarded Young Author Would Rather You Didn't Know
Byline: SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE TWO years ago Zadie Smith turned up to the Booker Prize with a male escort. The newly published author of White Teeth was the toast of literary London. However the evening didn't go quite according to plan. Not only...
The Talk in FOOTBALL
Jimmy Hassel-banged up How Anderton can still fit the bill for Venables Valencia eyeing Wiltord Sol strikes a happy note O'Neill closer to United job surrounds a recent revelation from Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. In a magazine interview the Chelsea striker...
Train Chaos at Paddington after Power Failure
Byline: DICK MURRAY;HUMFREY HUNTER;CHARLES MIRANDA THOUSANDS of mainline rail commuters suffered travel chaos coming into London today when a major power failure led to the cancellation of hundreds of rushhour trains. The failure at Ladbroke...
Tube Killer Tells Jury: 'I Said Sorry after Stabbing Girlfriend to Death'
A MAN today told a jury at the Old Bailey how he stabbed his former girlfriend to death on a Tube platform and then said to her "I'm sorry". Horrified commuters at Euston station saw Albanian-born Vaso Aliu, 29, stab Marquerite van Campenhout on...
United Bring Stars to Book, except Becks
Byline: MATT HUGHES MANCHESTER UNITED have told their players that they cannot write books while they are at Old Trafford - but will make an exception for David Beckham. United captain Roy Keane has been charged with two counts of bringing the...
Walton Displays Daring but Not Depth; BBC NOW/Hickox CLS/Cleobury Royal Albert Hall
Byline: STEPHEN PETTITT PROMS 2002 WHEN is a symphony not a symphony? That depends on what you think a symphony is. If you take the view that it's not just a long orchestral piece in four contrasting movements but a matter of presentation, argument...
When You Just Can't Think What to Watch
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH AS you can see, I have more chins than you'd find in a Beijing telephone directory, and the reason is simple: besides being a TV reviewer, I spent several years as a restaurant critic for a glossy magazine. In many ways,...
Why Dido's Friends Fear for Her
Byline: RICK HEWETT IT may have only been a weekend trip to their local supermarket but for singer-songwriter Dido and her new boyfriend it was something of a romantic adventure, weaving their way between fellow shoppers and losing no opportunity...
Why My Friend Tara Is Queen of the Jungle; Tara Palmer-Tomkinson Has Added Glamour and a Glorious Sense of Fun to Celebrity Survivor. but Her Success Comes as No Surprise to Her Confidante Normandie Keith
Byline: NORMANDIE KEITH WHEN I first heard Tara was going to be on I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me out of Here! I was ecstatic. Finally, I thought, the public would get to see the real Tara. The hilarious, talented, compassionate girl who doesn't have...
Writer of Wrongs
Byline: FIONA MADDOCKS PALE as putty and dressed to match, Michel Houellebecq (pronounced Wellbeck) shocks immediately with his greeting. He is seconds too late offering a clammy handshake and bypasses all the usual social openings between strangers,...
Zurich Rescue Rights after Plunge into Red
Byline: FIONA WALSH ZURICH Financial, Europe's third largest insurance group, underlined the dire state of the financial services industry today as it plunged into the red by more than $2 billion ([pound]1.3 billion) and launched a rescue rights...
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