Life and Style According to the hospital's union secretary, the A&E department resembled a 'M.A.S.H. unit' on Wednesday

Patients were left on trolleys outside the toilets and staff were reduced to tears, according to reports

Israel put on the back foot by Hizbollah

ON THE heights of Ras al-Bayada, the great gash of chalk cliffs that Pliny first noticed when he sailed up the coast of Phoenicia, the Israelis have been strengthening their radar station. Mountains of cement have now been poured into the base to protect its troglodyte occupation soldiers, five-foot revetments of pre-stressed concrete and iron sheeting that should make it impregnable.

Monitor: Middle Eastern opinion on the American air strikes

CLINTON TRIED to close down his sex scandal with Monica Lewinsky after the first hearing by targeting Arabs and Muslims - but what if he is summoned for another hearing? May God protect us from the second round of hearings. May you enjoy your vacation, Mr President, and please don't worry about Arabs and Muslims. Ejaculate your missiles far away, and make sure that your shooting doesn't leave a stain on your dignity.

BEIRUT DIARY: A giant of the war falls before the wrath of God

FIRST, they ripped down the bombed-out American embassy. Then last year, the wreckage of the US Marine base - 241 US servicemen died in the 1983 suicide bombing - was bulldozed away. But on Monday God took a hand and tore down one of the Lebanese civil war's most enduring monuments: the great yellow, red and green ferris wheel that had turned merrily for the past 20 years. Bombs had exploded 20 yards away. Shells had crashed into the funfair behind. But it was a tempest of even more explosive proportions that brought the whole thing twisting and buckling to the ground this week.

Families make sure British hostages are not forgotten

Five months ago, the two names were briefly in the headlines. Since then, however, Camilla Carr and Jon James - two British aid workers kidnapped in Chechnya in July - have been almost invisible. Now, the couple's families are determined to change that.

Obituary: John Carswell

Sitting in a cafe in Athens sipping an ouzo, I discovered in your paper to my horror that I had just died, writes Professor John Carswell [further to the obituary by Ruth Gorb, 18 November]. But, to my relief, it was not me.

Profile: Politicians' bookshelf

Lord Archer, former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, reigns supreme. His thrillers, including `Kane and Abel' and `Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less', have sold more than 30 million copies world-wide. But Edwina Currie is catching up. Her Commons whodunnits, with raunchy characters and racy plots, sold in their millions. For her latest, `She's Leaving Home', she received an advance of pounds 300,000.

Comment: Fifteen years after the bloodbath, the world turns its back

Robert Fisk in sabra and chatila

Earthly power brought Jericho down

British Association's Festival of Science

War and peace

`It's life, and it's love outraged,' John Le Carre once wrote of a Don McCullin photograph. His war years may be over, but McCullin, erstwhile chronicler of modern man's darkest times, inspires a rare intensity, as a major new retrospective shows. At 62, and still film-star handsome, he talks to John Carlin in New York

Beirut puts out flags for the Pope

Crowds throwing rice and rose petals gave Pope John Paul II a tumultuous welcome yesterday at the start of a brief visit to Lebanon, his first to a Middle Eastern country.

Tunnel visionary to give lift to Manchester runway protest

The environmental activist Swampy (right) is to lend his tunnel-digging expertise to protesters against the planned second runway at Manchester Airport.

War and piste ...

Now the bullets have stopped flying, Lebanon's sun, surf, snow and Phoenician ruins are becoming a tourist draw.

Beirut

Air fares to Lebanon have just been slashed - but does that make Beirut somewhere for the weekend?

Waite's plea for Kashmir hostages

Father denies claims that guerrillas murdered their captives a year ago

A blind eye to history

Robert Fisk looks into a wave of Holocaust denial that has seized the Arab world
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