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

Hockey: Clifton hold their nerve to win Cup

CLIFTON, in their third successive Cup final appearance, finally secured the trophy, but, as in each of their previous appearances, the final went to penalty strokes. After a dismal 1-1 draw the West Country side won the shoot-out 5-4 with goalkeeper Claire Burr saving Slough's last stroke from Ali Burd. So ended Slough's dreams of a unique triple of indoor and outdoor league titles and the Cup.

Letter: 'Real' nappies

'Real' nappies

Letter: Spare the rod...

AT 12 years old, a boy has already felt entitled to treat an on- duty officer of the law with gratuitous abuse and contempt, and with impunity (report, 7 April). His parents agreed, and so in due course did the law, proving once again that it is an ass. I agree with, apparently, over 20,000 others who have written in support to PC Hately, that this has nothing to do with common sense.

Football: Southport celebrate Wembley final

Southport 1 Slough Town 1 Southport win 2-1 on aggregate

The butler could still serve up a schism

The election deadline for Nationwide Building Society's non-executive board looms and there is still no official word from Michael Hardern, writes Kerry Benefield. Mr Hardern (left), the self-employed butler who jumped into the race last year trumpeting the cause of demutualisation only to meet an overwhelming defeat, has been in contact with Nationwide but no application has been submitted.

Letter: Through the looking-glass

COULD Lewis Carroll have invented a situation where, according to recent advertisements, you can save pounds 100 a year by buying your electricity from gas companies and another pounds 100 by buying your gas from electricity companies?

High on the hog

Two-month-old Tamworth/Berkshire cross weaners on a farm in Essex Photograph: Brian Harris

Mass killer buried lover under patio

A FORMER Broadmoor inmate and mass killer murdered his lover and buried her under a patio, then shot himself, an inquest at Windsor's coroner's court was told yesterday.

Letter: Spelling? Ugh!

Spelling? Ugh!

Hockey: First time lucky for Reading

Reading, making their first appearance at Indoor Finals night at Crystal Palace, took the title with a workmanlike 9-8 win against East Grinstead before an excited, packed house.

Letter: Fear of tax forms

I was delighted when the Inland Revenue moved to self- assessment because it seemed to give the opportunity, for the first time, to get a correct assessment of my tax liabilities without continual arguments with my local inspector.

Letter: President of the UK

Andreas Whittam Smith asks who would make a good president for our country, should we abolish the monarchy. Could I suggest Elizabeth Windsor as being more than suitable for the job?

Environment: Councillor's chain reaction

A councillor chained herself to a town hall balcony last night in protest at plans to allow housing on green belt land. Naomi Ridley, 25, stormed out of a meeting of Slough Borough Council, after it passed proposals to allow 1,000 homes to be built on green-field sites outside the Berkshire town.

Letter: Nations of Ireland

Sir: Full marks to T H McFadden (Letters, 20 January) for displaying his naivety by asking why the Queen does not publicly repudiate "loyalist" violence. Her Majesty's ministers are employed to speak on behalf of her government. They have regularly and consistently condemned "loyalist" acts of terrorism.

Letter: Deadly fridges

Sir: In the 1970s fridges had locks (Letters: 30 December; 5, 20 January). They were responsible for the deaths of several children who played in fridges dumped on waste ground. Occasionally a child became trapped inside and suffocated because the locks could be opened only from the outside. Following such incidents manufacturers designed sealable but non-locking fridges.
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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

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, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
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
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

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

Paul Scholes column

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

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
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