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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

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England must face Black Sea baptism

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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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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

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Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

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The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

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With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

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Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
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