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Berkshire hathaway has waded into the takeover battle for Transatlantic Holdings, tabling a $3.2bn bid for the reinsurer.

`Frightened' girls home after five days on streets

AFTER FIVE frantic days, Ian Douglas opened his front door to find his runaway daughter and her friend standing forlornly in the dark.

Boy, 10, begs for sister to return

A BOY aged 10 made an emotional public plea yesterday to his 12-year-old sister, who went missing from Wokingham, Berkshire with a friend six days ago, saying: "I love you, please come home."

Letter: Somme trivialised

Sir: I read your report (11 November) about the proposal to build a visitor centre at Thiepval, with some dismay. This year my sister and I visited the memorial there, as our great-uncle, who was killed in the Battle of the Somme, is commemorated on it as one of the "missing". It is an awe-inspiring memorial in a very beautiful place, and I sincerely hope that any future centre will not detract from the solemnity.

Obituary: Angela Uzielli

ANGELA UZIELLI was one of life's natural charmers. Her death is a shock to the amateur golfing world, whose very constituents she epitomised. She was an amateur in the best traditions of the game, with an irrepressible sense of fun.

Hockey: Slay seals Reading win

EVEN WITH Great Britain players absent, there were no surprises in the English Hockey Association Cup third-round games yesterday, although the holders Reading struggled to beat their neighbours, Maidenhead, 3- 2.

Hockey: Reading slain by Slay

EVEN WITH Great Britain players absent, there were no surprises in the English Hockey Association Cup third-round games yesterday, although the holders Reading struggled to beat their neighbours, Maidenhead, 3- 2.

HOCKEY: Captain is confident of Slough recovery

"DESPONDENT" IS not a word in the vocabulary of Slough's new captain, Julia Robertson. Last season's treble champions lost their first two matches of the season last weekend and today have a difficult match at Ipswich, who won both their games last weekend.

Newbury bypass faces disruption

THE BITTERLY opposed pounds 100m Newbury bypass is likely to be subject to disruptive resurfacing work less than 10 months after opening.

Racing: Mirror buys Raceform

RACEFORM, THE publishers of the official form book, has been bought by Mirror Group, publishers of the Racing Post, it was confirmed yesterday.

Letter: Eclipse fever

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Sports letter: Cup of cheer

Sir: Brian Viner wrote an article (Monday, 2 August) bemoaning the fact that Manchester United were not playing in the FA Cup and that everyone was disappointed. On the contrary, people I have spoken to take the opposite view - there is a greater chance for the rest of us!

Letter: No seat on the train

Sir: I feel great sympathy for the pregnant Thameslink commuter who had to stand, as I too am pregnant and commute into central London daily. However, did she not ask anyone for a seat?

Hockey: Nervous England complete double

England 5 Japan 3

UK's `most eco-friendly' trees are destroyed by GM activists

ECO-WARRIORS have cut down the UK's only genetically modified (GM) trees - more than 50 poplars that had been developed to make the production of paper more environmentally friendly.

Letter: Royal trees

Sir: Placing Windsor Great Park under the Habitats Directive issued by Brussels ("Wildlife sites to be made inviolate", 21 June) is disturbing: it encourages other park owners to degrade habitat as quickly as possible before they too are listed; it will make landowners less welcoming to scientific research; it will give yet more power to planners in offices.
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