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'No poet of the past century has voiced dilemmas of the individual conscience torn between anguish at injustice and horror of violence better, or more profoundly'

Clinton's Crisis: Whatever happens from here, Monica's fame is assured

MONICAMANIA is acquiring epidemic proportions in the United States. The Internet has spawned at least a dozen Monica Lewinsky sites. Sales of "Zippergate" T-shirts are going through the roof. Sandwiches are being named after her. Books are in the pipeline and possibly, if she bites at the $2m offer, a Penthouse spread. And everyone, but everyone, has heard a Lewinsky joke.

Now let's hear it from the President's wife

Six years ago Hillary Clinton saved her husband's career by declaring her love on a television programme. Now, once again, she is his last best hope. Hillary is quite something when she comes out fighting. You may wonder why she'd want to. Here's why.

Think the unthinkable: a party in Baghdad, and an Alistair Cooke worth listening to

Very few of us can remember what exactly happens when an American president is forced to leave the White House in disgrace, and those of us who can remember, can't remember very well, so today I am suspending normal transmissions in order to bring you a special programme to answer the big question:

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There's only one Buddy, says Sheikh

As if Bill Clinton didn't have enough on his plate, legally speaking, he now faces the prospect of litigation brought by a most unusual plaintiff. Claiming psychological distress and loss of earnings, Shiekh Buddy Rasheed of Jordan yesterday announced his intention to sue the US President.

Clinton pledges homeless $1bn

In a Christmas Eve announcement, President Bill Clinton has pledged to seek $1.15bn in next year's budget to help homeless people get off the streets. "As long as there are children waking up in America on Christmas morning without the comfort of a warm home, we have more work to do," the President said in a statement.

Clinton issues denial of sexual harassment

In his first formal response to Paula Jones, the former Arkansas state employee who has accused him of sexual harassment, President Bill Clinton has "adamantly" denied her charge that he made indecent advances to her in a Little Rock hotel room in 1992. He has also asked the judge to dismiss the case.

Kids. Aren'tcha sick of them?

America's champion of the cot-free zone wants the same rights parents have.

AVIATION Missile protection recommended

A commission of aviation experts convened by President Bill Clinton following the crash of TWA 800 last summer is to recommend fitting commercial airliners with anti-missile devices to help protect them against terrorist attack.

Bill Clinton's guru is gown but not out

George Stephanopoulos, erstwhile wunderkind of the Clinton kitchen cabinet and briefly touted as election adviser to Tony Blair, is to become a visiting professor at his alma mater, Columbia University, when he leaves the White House at the end of this year.

Leading Article: The President's man in Walworth Road

In Joe Klein's racy novel Primary Colors, the presidential candidate figure is returned thanks to the efforts of a young aide - whose duties include serving a nightcap to the First Lady. (After she drinks it, she doesn't behave like one.) The character is said to be modelled on George Stephanopolous, President Clinton's assistant. The novel's assessment of him is less hyperbolic than in real life, where he is variously described as electoral whiz-kid, election winner and polling guru. And now - Cherie, beware - Mr Stephanopolous is over here, or at least he is telling correspondents in Little Rock that his plans could include a stint advising Tony Blair and Labour.

Message for our leaders: ignore Clinton's America

Major and Blair have similarities with Bill Clinton. But they should learn no lessons from a mere campaigning machine

Blair faces row over gay ban

Tony Blair looks increasingly likely to risk an internal row in the Labour Party by refusing to support the lifting of the ban on homosexuality in the armed forces when it is put to the vote in the Commons next week.

Blair faces Labour row over gays in military

Tony Blair looks increasingly likely to risk an internal row in the Labour Party by refusing to support the lifting of the ban on homosexuality in the armed forces when it is put to the vote in the Commons next week.

Clinton testifies by video link

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