Arts and Entertainment Keeley Hawes (left) and Sheila Hancock in Barking in Essex at the Wyndhams Theatre

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Yemen releases BBC crew

THREE BBC television journalists were released in Yemen last night, after having been detained for more than two days for allegedly filming without government authorisation.

Freed Briton learns of father's death

A BRITON who was kidnapped with his family by Yemeni tribesmen was released to be greeted by the news that his father had died while he was being held hostage.

Obituary: David Warbeck

When David Warbeck first arrived in London from New Zealand in 1965 he must have quickly realised that his face was his fortune. Possessed of that brand of good looks usually described as ruggedly handsome, his powerfully masculine presence was the very stuff of an action-man hero or the dashing, firm-jawed lover on the cover of a Barbara Cartland romance.

British pair reach North Pole unaided

Stephen Martin and David Mitchell were cold, exhausted but happy last night as they sat under the midnight sun at the top of the world - the first British expedition to reach the North Pole unsupported.

Ryder threatens writ over report

The former Conservative Chief Whip, Richard Ryder, yesterday threatened to take legal action against the BBC and The Guardian following claims that he would be criticised by the Standards and Privileges Committee report which was published yesterday.

Britons to walk on Artic sea

Two British explorers are hoping to become the first men to walk unsupported across the frozen Arctic Ocean. Dr Stephen Martin and David Mitchell plan to begin their trek in the spring.

MP quits sleaze committee

The senior Conservative backbencher, Sir David Mitchell, is standing down as a member of the Commons committee investigating the cash for questions affair because his son, the former whip, Andrew Mitchell is to be called to give evidence to the committee.

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Underclass sinking further

The poorest tenth of the population are now 13 per cent worse off than the poorest tenth when the Conservatives came to power in 1979, according to Government statistics published yesterday.

Ministers defy Tory pressure to ditch divorce Bill

John Major was last night determined to go ahead with the divorce reform Bill, despite backbench pressure to ditch it and the threat that further changes will be forced on ministers by an alliance of Labour and the Tory right.

New chocolate chief awaited

Thorntons, the chocolate maker and retailer, said it was ready to appoint a new chief executive after reporting a pounds 1.6m fall in profits to pounds 10.5m for last year. The unnamed candidate will come aboard in January. David Mitchell, the previous UK managing director, has already left. After a disappointing Christmas, the company blamed the hot weather for a reduction in demand for chocolates over the summer.

Talon spotters flock to Scotland's beautiful executioner

ADRIAN HALLGARTH prises a bleeding rabbit from the eagle's talons. He breaks its neck, holds up its limp frame in triumph and, as a shaft of bile falls on to the flowering heather, he stuffs the carcass into his canvas gamekeeper's pouch. "Beautiful, eh?" he says.

The osprey is back in the skies, and thieves are in its nest

Wildlife/ prey to collectors

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A NEW hazard has been added to the invariably painful process of selling a house. Vendors should be aware that insurance companies, hit by rising numbers of claims, have developed a nasty habit of refusing to insure houses they consider a poor risk, just as contracts of sale are about to be exchanged.
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