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Flat Earth: Wrong end of stick

IT was good of Morocco to send a delegate to a meeting of the UN committee on torture in Geneva last week. Except they got it slightly wrong, and sent a senior policeman frequently accused of being a leading torturer himself. Yousfi Kadouri used to run the notorious Derb Moulay Cherif centre in Casablanca where hundreds of prisoners are said to have been tortured.

Football / World Cup USA '94: Degryse strikes

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Late and great

FILM / It's a flirty job, someone has to do it: 'Americans being Americans, they want what they haven't got. They want excitement, something exotic, something different.' In short, something European. Or someone, like the Swedish actress Lena Olin. By John Lyttle

The Swedish actress Lena Olin knows why Hollywood wants her. 'If you go to the States, the best is represented by Europe. Buy this: it's a 'European product'. It's a European this, it's a European that. Because they don't have it, you see. It comes from the sophisicated and far away . . . There is something about me that they find strange and attractive. Americans being Americans, they want what they haven't got. They want excitement, something exotic, something different.'

Where will it end?

WERE THE closing moments of Casablanca filmed in Los Angeles, at what is now known as John Wayne Airport, as we claimed in our Christmas quiz?

William Donaldson's Week: How to tell if you've been had

HONEST John has got it wrong again, the upshot being that clients of the Frankie Fraser Debt Collection Agency (directors, Mr William Donaldson and Mr 'Mad' Frankie Fraser) are obliged to sit on orange boxes rather than on stuff by Sir Terence Conran.

Travel: Bogart puzzle

JOHN WESTBROOKE, runner-up in our Christmas film quiz competition, wrote enthusiastically to me about his prize trip to Rome. But he is still nursing a grievance about the answer we gave to the Casablanca question.

Why he never had it so good: Enthralled by his role on the world stage, Harold Macmillan was a stylish performer whose lack of substance led to his downfall, says Richard Aldous

'I 'ave a go, I do,' says Archie Rice to his audience in John Osborne's The Entertainer. While the hecklers shout their insults and abuse, John Major pleads the same. Trying to ditch his grey image, the Prime Minister might feel tempted to put aside his hero, Stanley Baldwin, and take lessons from the old political entertainer of his youth. Harold Macmillan would have been 100 this week. His premiership should be a warning to Mr Major that style without substance still leaves you, like Archie Rice, 'dead behind the eyes'.

Mosque opens

The Hassan Grand Mosque, which has the world's tallest minaret, was opened for the first time yesterday for public prayers by an estimated 20,000 worshippers, Reuter reports from Casablanca.

GRAPEVINE / Kathryn McWhirter meets some bright young things from Chile

EL ARTISTA they call him in Chile. The innovative Ignacio Recabarren is one of the few Chilean winemakers to have worked abroad - his CV includes Chateaux Lafite and Margaux, Cloudy Bay in New Zealand, Rosemount and Coldstream Hills in Australia. Two of his successes are the wines of Santa Carolina and Casablanca, which have more subtlety and individuality than most of their compatriots. My favourites among the whites are ****1992 Santa Carolina Special Reserve Chardonnay, Santa Rosa Vineyard ( pounds 5.99 Safeway), soft and rich, with lovely biscuity, honeyed and pineappley flavours, and ****1992 Casablanca Valley Chardonnay, Santa Isabel Estate ( pounds 7.68 The Nobody Inn of Doddiscombsleigh near Exeter, pounds 7.95 selected Sainsbury's, Premier Wine Warehouse of London SW6), rich, soft, concentrated and well-balanced, with ripe fruit and bready and honeyed flavours. The peachy, nicely oaky ***1993 Casablanca Valley Chardonnay, Santa Isabel Estate ( pounds 6.99 Oddbins) is also very good and the ***1993 Casablanca Chardonnay ( pounds 4.99 Oddbins) is good value, with its well-balanced oak, rich- fruit honeyed flavour. The Sauvignons, softer and riper than their New Zealand cousins, include a crisp, gooseberry-flavoured ***1993 Casablanca Sauvignon Blanc ( pounds 4.99 Oddbins and William Low, pounds 4.95 Booths of Stockport); a ripe and concentrated, grassy and gooseberry-fruity ***1993 Casablanca Valley Sauvignon Blanc ( pounds 6.99 Oddbins), and a good, crisp, fullish-bodied **1993 Santa Carolina Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Rosa Vineyard ( pounds 3.99 Oddbins, pounds 4.29 selected branches of Cellar 5 and Berkeley wines; pounds 4.29 Wineways of Leeds, Scarborough, Manchester, Bingley and Bradford from 1 February). 'Cinco Estrellas' means 'five stars'; well, perhaps not quite, but certainly **** to 1989 Santa Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva, Cinco Estrellas, Chile ( pounds 6.99 Oddbins, pounds 7.95 selected Sainsbury's). ***1988 Santa Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon Special Reserve ( pounds 4.95 selected Sainsbury's) is intensely Ribena-fruity, honeyed and treacly, with some tannin.

BEST SELLERS / Top 10 cult and classic videos

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Computers: Recalling screen icons as time goes by

THIS IS THE gift for movie-lovers. Start from Cinemania 94's extensive (19,000) movie list by typing in or selecting the name you want. Up comes basic information - length, year, black and white or colour, awards won - a cast list and a short review.

BOOKS FOR CHRISTMAS / Cinema: Stars and illuminations

OF COURSE the world needed another 'intimate biography' of James Dean, especially Joe Hyams's James Dean: Little Boy Lost (Century pounds 15.99), which wastes less time than most on the Method and goes directly to the sexual partners, male and female, then concludes with a chapter on where the whole cast - including Hyams, who knew his subject - happened to be when they heard of his fatal accident. Sex and death: isn't that what Hollywood is about?

Hi-tech mosque

Morocco's King Hassan II was preparing last night to inaugurate the world's most modern mosque, equipped with a laser pointing towards Mecca and a massive sliding roof to let in the sun, AFP reports from Casablanca. The Hassan II mosque, on reclaimed land jutting into the Atlantic, covers 10 hectares (25 acres) and can hold 100,000 faithful, with 20,000 inside its main prayer room, where women will be separated from men on two mezzanines.

World's second-biggest mosque inaugurated today

The interior of the pounds 330m King Hassan II mosque in Casablanca, with room for 20,000 worshippers. Besides water pools, the mosque has a sliding roof to let in the sun.
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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

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Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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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

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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

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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