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Obituaries: The Rev Lawrence Jenco

Father Lawrence Jenco endured over 18 months of captivity at the hands of radical Shia Muslims in Lebanon from 8 January 1985 until 26 July 1986. He was captured on his way to the doctor, just a few months after arriving in Beirut to take up his new position there as Director of Catholic Relief Services.

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Lords help for asylum seekers is thrown out

The Government last night overturned an amendment in the House of Lords to the Asylum Bill to give refugees three days to claim asylum after entering Britain, rejecting the criticism of bishops, judges, Opposition parties and some Tory MPs.

Hizbollah profits from nation's fury

Lebanese Muslims and Christians are at one with guerrillas against Israel and US

Letter: Lebanon: blighted peace in Beirut; peril for Israel; drought in Galilee; double standards in the West

Sir: Israel is a tiny country, created in a place which Jews have a claim on, to protect them from another Holocaust. They have got to be strong simply to protect themselves from the the surrounding 22 Arab dictatorships, the majority of whom still want to destroy them.

Will Bosnia become Beirut?

Lebanon will not be mentioned at the Bosnia peace ceremony in Paris today. You do not mention disaster when you want to project hope. But Beirut lies like a curse over the West's forthcoming involvement in Bosnia. Radovan Karadjic, the Bosnian Serb leader, understood this when he ingratiatingly warned the Americans that Sarajevo could become "another Beirut".

city slicker Beirut

Lebanon is recovering from its Independence Day celebrations. Here are a few dos and don'ts as you pick your way through the streets of the capital.

Beirut hostage war hero dies

ROBERT FISK

Obituary / Jackie Mann

Jackie Mann had his time of glory 55 years ago, when he was a Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain, but had fame thrust on him by becoming one of the last hostages to be freed in Beirut.

OBITUARY: Mike Dutfield

"Making television is easy," Mike Dutfield said. "It's making television worth watching which is the difficult bit." Beirut to Bosnia, on which I was his producer, was certainly a difficult series and Dutfield a demanding colleague, writes Dennis Walsh [further to the obituary by George Carey, 31 October].

Beirut Diary

The Beirut government has been trying to clear away the martyrs. Technicolor billboards of Hizbollah's suicide bombers have cluttered Ouzai and the airport road for more than a decade, but Rafiq Hariri's cabinet has decided that illustrations of young men blowing up Israeli tanks in southern Lebanon are sending the wrong message to tourists and would-be foreign investors. So amid much muttering from Hizbollah - its leader, Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, archly suggested that the government had better follow its clean-up campaign by improving the phones and electricity supply - the posters have come down. A number can be seen stacked outside Hizbollah's mosque in Ouzai; goodbye, therefore, to Hassan Burro and his comrades, with their blood turning into tulips and their heads, quite literally, in the clouds.

A bullish feeling amid the ruins

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Despite displaying videos of her internal tracts at the Tate, Turner Prize nominee Mona Hatoum is a deeply private person. Marianne Macdonald was granted a rare interview

Hostage John McCarthy and Jill Morrell split up

The former Beirut hostage John McCarthy and his girlfriend Jill Morrell, who campaigned tirelessly for his release, have ended the relationship that enthralled the country, he confirmed yesterday.
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