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Theatre: Coward goes bananas

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Olde England a `banana republic' banana is discovered

YES, WE had no bananas, in medieval England at any rate, but now we do. A banana skin found in a London archaeological dig indicates that the fruit was being eaten here nearly two centuries earlier than was first thought.

Fyffes embarks on pounds 400m shopping spree

FYFFES, the Irish fruit and vegetable distributor, revealed it has more than pounds 400m earmarked for expansion in Europe.

Byers calls for World Trade Organisation reform

THE RISING TIDE of protectionism means there is a need for radical reform of the World Trade Organisation, Stephen Byers, the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, will say today.

Crisis hits leaderless WTO

News Analysis: Protectionism haunts free trade as the world's watchdog fails to bite

Words: esculent, n. and adj.

EVEN JOHNSON nods. In defining banana, he refers one to plantain, which is simply "an esculent fruit". Esculency applies to many fruits. A word that might waylay one into fearing scorn or revelling in praise, it is in fact disinterested: from the Latin esca - food - it is "something fit for food". First used by Massinger (1625), who said it was a learned term, it was favoured by Bacon.

Letter: Vote against war

Sir: If the proponents of the New World Order have their way, democracy will be dead.

Words: banana, n.

MY HISTORY master, David Jones, once read out the overdue library books, including 21 Popular Economic Fallacies: "The whole subject's a fallacy!" Witness the current dispute over bananas and consequent cashmere crisis. Nations are trying to be top banana.

Batteries among UK products hit by new trade war tariffs

BRITISH MANUFACTURERS of batteries and bath products will be hit by punitive tariffs in the long-running banana trade war between the United States and Europe, it was confirmed yesterday.

Letter: Banana battle

Letter:

Bananas: a small row over a big racket

WITHOUT much fanfare, one of the finest exercises in transatlantic hypocrisy for many years is being brought to a close. The Great Banana War of 1999 is in its final phases, with the World Trade Organisation last week recognising that the United States was right to say Britain and Europe should not be restricting imports of the fruit.

Dewar hails cut in trade tariffs by US

BRITISH OFFICIALS and ministers reacted with barely suppressed glee yesterday to the news that exports of sweaters and biscuits will not after all be subjected to US trade sanctions in the long-running banana war with Europe.

Leading Article: Time to admit defeat in the banana war

IT IS time to end the monkey business over the banana war. The World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruled on Tuesday that the United States may impose $191m (pounds 120m) worth of duties on goods from the European Union (EU). This is in response to special subsidies that the EU has given to bananas grown in the former colonies of its member states. The EU has argued that the 14,000 or so banana farmers in the Caribbean need this help while they develop new ways to earn a living. Sir Leon Brittan, the Vice President of the European Commission, has already said that the EU will appeal against this decision. But the US has the letter of the law on its side and the European Union should learn to live with the decision.

Banana war: US wins the right to impose trade tariffs

Banana war: Last-minute deal could lift threat on luxury goods sector

Banana war: Trade War Damage

A NUMBER of small British companies bear the brunt of the trade war. The candle industry, in particular, has been hit hard. Ian Barnet, managing director of Shearer Candles, a Glasgow company employing 40 people, said: "We are in deep trouble. It will affect a third of our business and lose us pounds 1-2m in turnover."
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

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The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
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