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The Democratic Republic of Congo’s M23 rebel group has declared an end to its 20-month insurgency and said it was ready to pursue a political solution after the army captured its last two strongholds.

Letter: Angolan impasse

Sir: Your article on the death of several workers at a diamond mine in North-east Angola (report, 11 November) fails to put the deteriorating situation in the context of the rebel movement Unita's continued refusal to comply with an internationally-backed peace agreement.

Liberal Democrat Conference: Defence - Disarmament move fails

THE LIBERAL Democrat leadership yesterday headed off a potentially embarrassing move to commit the party to United Kingdom unilateral nuclear disarmament by 2003.

Sinn Fein's McGuinness says disarmament is possible

SINN FEIN negotiator Martin McGuinness said yesterday that he believes the disarmament of terrorist organisations in Northern Ireland is possible.

Tough times forge stronger firms

THERE is a real world and there is the world of the financial markets. Sometimes they converge and tell the same story, and sometimes they diverge and tell different ones. Most of the time - perhaps too much of it - financial commentators focus on the markets, and certainly last week the markets made strong copy.

Leading Article: Now three cheers for peace are in order

"I THINK we can do business," said Gerry Adams, as he came away from not shaking hands with David Trimble. It is a measure of how far the peace process has come - as was Mr Trimble's description of the meeting as "encouraging" and "civilised". Neither word could have been applied by a Unionist leader in the past to contact with a man who, until frighteningly recently, was an apologist for terrorism. Never has a non-handshake trembled with such significance.

The Independent Archive 2 September 1989: A time for mourning, not commemoration

50 years after the outbreak of the Second World War, Martin Gilbert argues that Britain was shamefully unprepared for the conflict

Protesters' bid to gum up subs with treacle comes unstuck

THREE ANTI-NUCLEAR protesters dressed in frogmen's outfits last night attempted to destroy Britain's nuclear submarines by tipping treacle into the waste disposal hatches.

`City of peace' label divides Hiroshima

FIFTY-THREE years after it became the world's first victim of atomic bombing, the city of Hiroshima prides itself on never forgetting. Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors pass through the harrowing exhibits in the bomb museum.

This time it's for real

As India and Pakistan square up, Geoffrey Wheatcroft is finally terrified by the nuclear threat The use of nuclear weapons in war is more likely than it has ever been, says Geoffrey Wheatcroft

SDLP says no to poll deal with Sinn Fein

SINN FEIN is seeking an electoral pact with the fellow nationalists of the Social Democratic and Labour Party in the impending elections for the Northern Ireland assembly.

Letter: Testing times

Sir: India has conducted underground weapon tests, and the United States complains that "this runs counter to the effort the international community is making to promulgate a comprehensive ban on such testing".

Letter: Nuclear waste storage

YOUR article on the storage of radioactive waste at the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston ("Nuclear dumps to run out of space by 2002, says report", 2 February) gives rise to unnecessary public concern.

Politics: New Labour MPs bring CND back to parliament

A great Labour tradition that had died away with the ending of the Cold War has been rekindled, writes Steve Boggan - a parliamentary branch of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

Greenham women celebrate the final victory with garden shears and muscle power

Dozens of people joined forces yesterday to pull down the 50-year- old fence surrounding Greenham Common, marking a final victory for peace campaigners.

From demos to FO memos: CND grows up

Steve Boggan on protesters coming in from the cold
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