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Russian army commanders have issued an ultimatum to the 100,000 civilians remaining in the Chechen capital. They must leave Grozny by Saturday or face being killed.

Talking point

Sir Cliff Richard is the bookies' favourite to occupy the millennium no 1 spot after "Millennium Prayer" topped the charts for the second week. If he succeeds, Sir Cliff, recently voted most famous Christian (beating the Pope) will have had hit singles in six decades.

Top Gossip

Tennis star Greg Rusedski married Lucy Connor at the weekend. They met eight years ago when Rusedski was competing at junior Wimbledon, and she was a 15-year-old ball-girl.

Talked-about book:

Century, published by Phaidon Press, the book depicts the 20th century in 1,120 pages of photographs. Nearly half a million copies of the book have been sold.

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Why is the present incumbent leaving so soon?

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