Gore the heir apparent faces early power play

While President Clinton is playing transatlantic statesman in Europe and trying, through lawyers, to fend off sex allegations at home, the first stirrings can be detected of a drama whose denouement is at least three years away: the contest for the United States presidency in the year 2000.

Mr Clean mucks up

US Vice President Al Gore was seen as dull but decent - until revelations about fundraising methods shattered his carefully cultivated image

Nice Al Gore a `money-raising bulldozer'

Vice-President Al Gore has been sucked into the vortex of the great Democratic fundraising scandal, with a highly detailed report in yesterday's Washington Post that portrays him as the cold-blooded "solicitor-in-chief" of money to finance the party's 1996 election campaign.

Ex-Communists are clapped out

Chicago Diary

US privatises Shuttle production

Next generation in space: Embarrassed Nasa chief looks to recapture technological lead

Oklahoma City centre becomes a place to cry

One year on: Mourners still pin children's toys to the fence around the site where 168 people died in a terrorist bomb blast

true gripes information superhighway

Here they come again. Another bunch of MPs and businesses seeking to impress us with how clued-in and wired-up they are, how deeply immersed in the zeitgeist. How do they try to impress us, to cow us into thinking that they know more than we do? With that damnable, meaningless cliche: the "information superhighway".

Space link-up begins with call from Earth

Space link-up begins with call from Earth

Unionists turn to Al Gore, one of Ulster's grandsons

THE ULSTER Unionists believe they have found an ally in US Vice- President Al Gore, whose ancestors came from Northern Ireland.

Al Gore says Haiti invasion not inevitable

Washington - Vice-President Al Gore said yesterday that Haiti's military leaders will have to leave 'one way or another'.

Dan dares to go back into orbit

HE HAS been described as 'about as smart as your average houseplant'. Notoriously, he has trouble spelling 'potato.' But no such blemishes spoil his just-published memoir, Standing Firm. Preened, eager, and with even a touch of gravitas, Dan Quayle is back in the spotlight, looking as if he cannot wait for the 1996 Republican presidential stakes to start in earnest.

Slim hopes of ending trade row

MARRAKESH (Reuter) - The US Vice-President, Al Gore, and the Japanese Foreign Minister, Tsutomu Hata, are to meet here today on the sidelines of a Gatt ceremony, with trans-Pacific trade tension high on their agenda. 'Obviously, we're trying to see what is the next step on the (trade) framework, but I don't think the Japanese are in a position to bring anything,' a US official said. Japan was also wary of predicting progress. 'It is unlikely that there will be a new development this week,' a government source said. 'They are not meeting because they have come up with an idea to break the deadlock.' The world's two biggest economies have been at loggerheads since President Clinton and the outgoing Prime Minister, Morihiro Hosokawa, failed to agree in February on ways of reducing Tokyo's trade surplus.

The Veep who became a very VIP: US vice-presidents play second fiddle - but not Al Gore. Foreign policy is Clinton's weak spot - but not Al Gore's

THE second most powerful position in the land - or, as one former incumbent bitterly described it, a 'pitcher of warm piss'? The vice-presidency of the United States is not a job necessarily replete with political reward. (Ask Dan Quayle.) But, for Al Gore, the position is proving surprisingly sweet.

Gore trounces Perot in Nafta debate: Vice-President's triumphant TV performance boosts White House hopes of congressional approval for pact

IT IS a moot point what impact the unruly television debate between Al Gore and Ross Perot will have on the wavering Democratic congressmen who hold the fate of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) in their hands. But it was rip-roaring political entertainment. And most important for a delighted Clinton administration, the honours on Tuesday night went unarguably to the Vice-President.

Perot key figure in trade debate: White House takes high-risk gamble in TV confrontation with ex-presidential hopeful

FOR the White House, tonight's television debate between Ross Perot and Al Gore is a gamble. It knows it does not have the votes to get the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) through Congress. The agreement would create a free-trade area linking the United States, Canada and Mexico.
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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness