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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.

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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


England must face Black Sea baptism


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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