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UPDATE: Experts say the cruise liner, adrift in the north Atlantic, may have succumbed to stormy weather conditions

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JOSE Pena Gmez was the charismatic leader of the Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD). A brilliant orator, he was cheated of the presidency of the Dominican Republic in 1994 by the long-serving ruler Joaquin Balaguer, who used the fact that Pena Gmez was black and probably born of a Haitian mother to appeal to his countrymen's racism.

Obituary: Falco

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LAW REPORT: 27 JANUARY 1998; Shipper is strictly liable for dangerous cargo

A shipper of dangerous cargo was strictly liable to the carrier for damage caused by the cargo, regardless of the absence of fault or neglect on its part, and the danger need not be direct.

Aids research for pregnant `unethical'

The United States is funding research aimed at helping Third World countries combat the spread of Aids from pregnant women to their children. But critics say the methods are knowingly endangering the lives of unborn infants. David Usborne looks at the two sides of the argument.

Family lives in hope for flood victim

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Should you go on an all-inclusive?

THE public's demand for all-inclusive holidays is continuing to rocket. The prospect of going on holiday without any cash is irresistible: an endless buffet lunch of whatever takes your fancy for a fortnight. Much has been made of the lure of "free" alcohol, but a huge array of sports and activities is also a serious attraction.

Mexico was out there. Somewhere

Sophie Campbell went to a country called `all-inclusive'. After five days, she was ready to make a break for freedom

Go west, young holiday-maker

Even communist Cuba is not being left out of the tour operators' quest for ever more exotic locations. Jeremy Atiyah on what's big this year

Letter: Cash crops cause water crisis

Sir: In your important front-page lead "World is running out of water" (25 January), you end by suggesting that global water shortages result from the need to feed a fast-growing world population. Yet it won't have escaped readers' notice that the crop you previously referred to is not a food at all, but Egyptian cotton.

Release of 23 raises hopes of end to Peru siege

GUERRILLAS freed 23 more hostages from the besieged Japanese ambassador's residence in Lima yesterday, leaving 80 VIP captives in the hands of the Marxist Tupac Amaru guerrillas.

Letter: Why blood donor rules vary

Sir: Mr Jarrett (letter, 24 December) raises an important point concerning guidelines over who can and cannot donate blood. In the past these rules have tended to relate to medical history, but increasingly the National Blood Service (NBS) has had to take into account changes in lifestyle.

Letter : Conflicting rules for blood donors

Sir: Every year we have appeals from the National Blood Transfusion Service for donors to give at Christmas, as supplies drop to very low levels. Yesterday, my wife and I attended a donor session for the South Thames Centre.

Manning the barrios

Geoff Dyer says yo to a new writer from the Dominican Republic

Letter: Country cast list

Sir: Further to the letters you have published on people with countries named after them, there are the Emperor Chin (China), Philip II (Philippines), Ibn Saud (Saudi Arabia) and St Dominic (the Dominican Republic and Dominica). If empires were included, Othman and Romulus could be added to the list.

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