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Schumacher extends lead Michael Schumacher leads Damon Hill by five points with two rounds of the world drivers' championship remaining after winning the Grand Prix of Europe in Jerez, Spain. The German's Benetton finished 24 seconds ahead of his British rival's Williams. Nigel Mansell, on his return to Formula One, failed to finish. Page 36 Coal controversy Robin Cook, the shadow Trade Secretary, queried the suitability of the Government's preferred bidder for most of British Coal, RJB Mining, as details emerged of a receiver's report into controversial payments made to RJB's founder, Richard Budge. Page 27 Tory race row The officials of a Tory party constituency association in Birmingham - all of Asian origin - have resigned from the party amid allegations of a Central Office plot to block ethnic minorities. Page 4 No one at home An Independent survey reveals that nearly half the local authorities in England and Wales are in breach of statutory duties to inspect residential homes for children, the elderly and the handicapped twice a year. Page 6 Finns say yes Finland voted by 57 per cent to 43 in favour of membership of the EU. Page 10 Ulster pressure Loyalist paramilitaries said they believed John Major could move faster as pressure mounted on the Government to instil more momentum into the peace process. Page 2 Aristide struggles President Jean-Bertrand Aristide is finding it hard to assert his authority after his return to Haiti. Page 11 Els triumphs Ernie Els of South Africa, the US Open golf champion, beat the Scot Colin Montgomerie 4 and 2 in the World Match Play Championship final at Wentworth.

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