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Hlad and Catic join Castleford's basement battle

Castleford have signed two Australian forwards to help their fight to escape from last place in Super League. The Penrith prop or second-row, Brendan Hlad, has joined the club for the rest of the season and goes straight into the squad to play at the Catalan Dragons tomorrow.

Photo-Me warns it will not post a profit

Things went from bad to worse for the long-suffering shareholders in Photo-Me yesterday when the photography booth company warned it would not make a profit this year, sending its shares down by a quarter and sparking fresh speculation the company would be soon taken private.

Triesman urges MPs to consider overseas player limits

The chairman of the Football Association, Lord Triesman, raised the issue of limits on foreign players yesterday by saying it is imperative that the England manager, Fabio Capello, should be able to watch English players in Premier League matches.

Leading article: Departure of a dictator who had outlived his times

Some cling to power to the last; some are overthrown, and some have the good sense to know their time. Fidel Castro is an autocrat who, at 81 and in poor health, has just squeaked into the group of graceful farewells. In a message published in the press he, until recently, controlled, he announced he would not be standing again for office. Put more bluntly, Mr Castro has resigned after almost half a century as the Communist dictator of Cuba. Not only for that country but, for the rest of us, a distinctive era has closed.

Athletics: Dibaba on a long run to history

Today's world record attempt in Sheffield is just one milestone for the awesome Ethiopian

Accessing a world of opportunity

Graduates with disabilities are being offered a greater range of work experience than ever before

New Zealand 'specialists' show the way for England

New Zealand 266 West Indies 159 New Zealand win by 107 runs

Skills to make CVs sparkle

Work experience is never a waste of time and often a career necessity

Buchanan's family ethos binds Australia to greatness

Coach who was released by Middlesex is already preparing to build a new all-conquering 'baggy greens' side

Football: Coton's clinic for depressed keepers

TONY COTON has revealed he has become an agony aunt as well as a goalkeeping coach at Manchester United because of the cut-throat competition for a first-team place.

Party Leader: Plaid MP back in new year

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Eta threatens to resume Basque terror campaign

THE BASQUE separatist group Eta said yesterday that it would resume armed actions against the Spanish government, after a 14-month suspension of violence. Eta's announcement dashed hopes of a peace process gradually taking shape in the Basque country and immediately prompted fears of a return to the "dark days of violence".

Doctors struck off register face longer sentence

DOCTORS STRUCK off the medical register for serious professional misconduct will face stiffer sentences under proposals to be put to the General Medical Council today.

Fast Track: Curriculum Vitae: MIKE DEXTER

Mike Dexter, 54, is director of the Wellcome Trust, the world's largest medical research charity
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Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

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His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

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Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

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