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ARCHAEOLOGY : Amazon legend may be fact

Two-thousand-year-old graves, containing daggers and long swords may be proof that the legendary women warriors, the Amazons, existed in the Russian steppes. An examination of burial mounds left by nomadic tribes which inhabited the steppes of central Asia from 600 to 200 BC has revealed several women's graves containing bronze arrowheads, short daggers and long swords, all of which had been used.

Bulgaria workers gain ground

Protesters calling for fresh elections in Bulgaria yesterday succeeded in winning the workers over to their side, thereby piling yet more pressure on the country's ruling Socialist Party.

Notes on a smallish peninsula

Jan Morris is full of admiration for a bold new history of Europe; A History of Europe by Norman Davies, Oxford University Press, pounds 25

DIGGING FOR SWINGERS

Has the prudery of archaeologists made us avoid the naked truth about the treasures of our sexual history? Sanjida O'Connell considers the evidence

RUSSIAN ELECTIONS; Could the map turn red again on Sunday?

It's too close to call between Yeltsin and his Communist rival in the race for the Kremlin, writes Phil Reeves in Moscow

Iron horses roar on to the Silk Road gets a

The Great Game for oil, trade and power in Central Asia took a new turn away from Russia yesterday with the opening of a railway link that gives the first alternative rail route into the region from Iranian ports in the Gulf, from Turkish factories, from London or Peking.

Chechens to free raid hostages

Grozny - Chechen rebels pledged to free tomorrow all hostages seized in a raid into southern Russia, except several policemen whom they hope to exchange for captured rebels. The hostages are be released in the eastern Chechen town of Novogroznensky.

Hijacked boat docks safely

The Black Sea ferry Avrasya, carrying around 200 freed hostages, docked at the Turkish industrial port of Eregli to a rousing reception yesterday after a four-day hijacking ordeal ended peacefully. Four gunmen ended the hijacking on Friday when they surrendered and threw their weapons overboard. Five of the hijackers, who had stayed on board and tried to pass themselves off as passengers, were detained at the ship's mooring point near Istanbul. The gunmen had threatened to blow up the Avrasya, themselves and Russian passengers in protest at Moscow's crackdown on Chechen rebels.

Hijackers surrender to Turkish navy

Hostage crisis: As ship's crew and passengers are freed unharmed, Yeltsin praises the men who flattened rebel-held village

Yeltsin threatens new civil war

PHIL REEVES

England must face Black Sea baptism

Football

Wide horizons of the narrowboat adventurer

Matthew Brace reports on an odyssey to the Black Sea and back

Slow boat down the Danube : TRAVEL

The Danube Delta is one of the last genuine wildernesses in Europe. Helena Drysdale chugged slowly through this labyrinth of watery paths teeming with rare birds and fish

Moscow offers Chechens 48-hour ceasefire

After a day of fierce fighting that brought Russian troops in Chechnya to within a few yards of their final objective - the presidential palace in Grozny - the government in Moscow last night declared a unilateral 48-hour ceasefire. The temporary truce announced by the Itar-Tass news agency and Interfax added further confusion to Russia's already baffling military strategy. In a campaign that has cost thousands of lives, the Russians have taken a month to advance just a few miles.
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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

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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