Welcome to the new Independent website. We hope you enjoy it and we value your feedback. Please contact us here.


Police uproot Iranians' bazaar

Police closed an impromptu Iranian bazaar in a park in central Tokyo which had become a gathering-place for immigrant workers far from home, Terry McCarthy writes from Tokyo. The police said the area was cordoned off for 'azalea planting' but civic groups said this was a pretext to kick out the foreigners.

Assassination story 'serious'

The State Department said a report about an Iraqi assassination plot to kill former President Bush in Kuwait 'is an extremely serious matter and one that has to be investigated thoroughly', AP reports from Washington.