RUGBY UNION: Graham flies high as Falcons cruise home

GEORGE GRAHAM, the Scotland prop, helped himself to two second- half tries as the Newcastle Falcons made it four wins out of four in European Shield Pool Six with a 51-10 thrashing of Dunvant, yesterday. Newcastle, who beat the Welsh side 45-26 last weekend, ran in eight tries to improve their position at the top of the table.

the essay: Wild, wild East

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Romania: Living with wolves, and the odd bear

The Carpathian mountains are a haven for large carnivores. Former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu knew it, but he preferred to shoot them. Now Romanians are realising the benefits of eco-tourism

Romania: Vlad the Impaler, in Five Bites

THE STORY of Dracula was based on the life of a 15th-century Romanian ruler, Vlad the Impaler, who gained his name, fairly predictably, by impaling enemies on stakes. If you want to find out more about this cheery chap, or get a better idea of his macabre deeds, join the trail in Romania.

Football: Romania dismiss coach

ROMANIA DISMISSED the national coach, Victor Piturca, yesterday following disputes with key players, only weeks after the team qualified unbeaten for the European 2000 Championship finals.

Greek official dies in air turbulence

GREECE'S DEPUTY foreign minister and five other people were killed last night when the aeroplane they were travelling in suddenly lost altitude, though it later landed safely, said Ioan Anastasescu, a Romanian Foreign Ministry official.

Rugby Union: Telfer's men tell no tall tales

Scotland 60 Romania 19

Rugby Union: Logan leads Scots' revival

Scotland 60 Romania 19 Tries: Logan 2, Tait, Grimes, Smith Try: Mitu McLaren, M Leslie, penalty Cons: Logan 5, Hodge 2 Con: Mitu Pens: Logan 2 Pens: Mitu 4 Half-time: 27-6 Attendance: 6,802

Rugby Union: Telfer reshuffles as Pountney pulls out

BUDGE POUNTNEY has been forced to pull out of Scotland's international with Romania at Hampden Park today.

Football: Hagi back for one night only

GHEORGHE HAGI comes out of international retirement today to help Romania against their traditional rivals, Hungary, in a European Championship Group Seven qualifier.

Heal old wounds, says Pope

IN RELIGIOUS terms, it was an historic moment. John Paul II, struggling to keep under control the shaking caused by Parkinson's disease, stood on the steps of Bucharest's magnificent, ornate Orthodox cathedral beside the heavily-bearded figure of his Beatitude Patriarch Teoctist, the head of Romania's Orthodox community.

Travel The Eclipse: A very, very dark spot on the horizon

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