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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

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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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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz