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Election '97 : AROUND THE REGIONS

Rutland whizz too fast for country lanes

Brookshaw resumes a pilgrimage

GRAND NATIONAL: Mudahim's victory in Ireland reinforces the claims of Lord Gyllene; Richard Edmondson talks to a trainer with a record of Aintree family success

Speaker calls order on House bleepers

The Speaker of the Commons, Betty Boothroyd, yesterday acted to stop the intrusion of message pagers in the chamber of the House.

Hopkins penalised for not going quietly

There is a form of rough justice in the City and yesterday it was meted out in no uncertain fashion to Ian Hopkins, one of Nick Leeson's bosses at the time of the Barings collapse. Mr Hopkins' undoing seems to have been not that he failed to supervise and control the rogue Singapore trader adequately but that he refused to plea-bargain with the regulators in return for a light sentence and instead embarked on a highly public campaign to clear his name

The same joke, and it has lasted well

I was leafing through a brief biog of William Hogarth the other day, in case the subject should come up in conversation in this his tercentenary year, and I should have to display some rudimentary knowledge of the man, and one thing in it brought me up short. It was an entry describing young Hogarth's sixth year. "1703. Family moves to St John's Gate, where Richard Hogarth (father) opens a Latin-speaking coffee house."

Ulster talks resume amid air of pessimism and violence

Nationalist anger at IRA attacks is only good sign for authorities, reports David McKittrick

Scots set to lose out in millennium overspend

A pounds 78m project to renew the canal linking Edinburgh and Glasgow with the help of Millennium Commission cash is being put in jeopardy by threat- ened overspending on the Greenwich Exhibition, according to Scottish MPs.

Wickes to resume trading today

Shares in Wickes, the troubled DIY group, will finally resume trading today after shareholders yesterday voted overwhelmingly in favour of the company's pounds 53m rescue rights issue.

Dispute over liability resumes

Corporate financiers are poised to resume negotiations in their long-running dispute with accountants over who should be liable when mergers and acquisitions go wrong.

Chauffeurs halt strike action

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Saddam free to resume oil exports

For the first time since its invasion of Kuwait in 1990, Iraq is free to resume limited exports of oil on to world markets under an oil-for-food agreement with the United Nations which received final approval from the Secretary-General, Boutros Boutros Ghali, yesterday. Impoverished by the embargo placed on it after the Gulf war, Iraq will be permitted to sell $2bn (pounds 1.3bn) of oil over six months and use the proceeds to buy food and medical supplies. The outflow of oil, which will amount to roughly 600,000 barrels a day, compared to 3 million before the war, and the inflow of humanitarian goods will be monitored by UN personnel. Mr Boutros-Ghali agreed to the deal after Baghdad agreed to the conditions last month. The first oil could be flowing by Thursday.

Committee split over decision to suspend MP P

The committee of MPs discussing the fate of the former whip David Willetts for allegedly trying to subvert a Commons investigation into the Neil Hamilton affair is deadlocked after three lengthy meetings in private this week.

Reed and Blenheim close to agreement on pounds 450m bid

A pounds 450m bid from Reed Elsevier for Blenheim, the exhibitions company, could be agreed as early as this week, sources close to the Anglo- Dutch publishing giant said over the weekend.

Heading for humane slaughter at the polls

It's official. We can stop worrying about the Tory government. New evidence suggests that it will die out naturally within the next 12 months. That means that they will not need culling, and no cure needs to be found for mad government disease.

Talks resume on Ulster's long haul to peace

While leading parties remain pessimistic about progress, a women's group retains a glimmer of hope
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Britain is still addicted to 'dirty coal'

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