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At least not in the way we perceive them now, he suggests

Athletics: One short race, two angry men

Greene and Montgomery don't like each other at all

Letter: Chechnya's agony

Sir, The Novosti Agency's claim (letter, 10 December) that "bandits", not civilians, are targeted by the Russian security forces in Chechnya is not confirmed by reports in The Independent, eyewitness accounts and testimony collected by international organisations such as the OSCE, Council of Europe and Helsinki Watch.

BAT ups bid to pounds 4.5bn for Canadian giant

BRITISH AMERICAN Tobacco, the world's number two tobacco company, yesterday announced that it had raised its bid for Imasco, the Canadian conglomerate, after it agreed the sale of Imasco's drugstore chain, Shoppers Drug Mart.

THE INVESTMENT COLUMN: Hammerson

THE INVESTMENT COLUMN: Hammerson

Athletics: IAAF picks Wembley to host 2005 event

DAVID MOORCROFT was delighted yesterday after it was announced that the 2005 World Championships will be staged at the revamped Wembley Stadium. The formal decision is not expected until next year, but London has been earmarked for the championships in a long-term deal between bidding cities.

P&O agrees to sell property unit

PENINSULAR & ORIENTAL Steam Navigation, the UK's largest quoted shipping company, has agreed to sell its Canadian property subsidiary, Laing Property, to Canada's Cambridge Shopping Centres. The move is part of a strategy P&O set out in March to sell its property business to focus on cruises, ferries and ports.

Obituary: John Watson-Farrar

WORLD-WIDE, MORE than 500,000 hip joints are replaced annually. Alongside G.K. McKee, John Charnley and Peter Ring, John Watson-Farrar was a pioneer in the development of this operation for hip arthritis.

Peter York on ads: It's the cat's whiskers; NO 284: KISS FM

A good modern radio station can turn an office Hitler into a complete pussycat. Oh, those mad rhythms; they can make a decent man lose control, "when the rhythm starts to play, move with me, make me sway". Particularly if he's a manager with a moustache who looks like a cross between Leonard Rossiter and one of Hale and Pace - heavy, beefy, porky, made of pies, wretched home life, angry with his wife.

PAN-AMERICAN GAMES; `Virtually blind' Runyan holds off 1,500 metre rivals

THE AMERICAN runner Marla Runyan, who is virtually blind, enjoyed a remarkable win in the women's 1,500 metres at the Pan-American Games in Winnipeg after beating off the challenge of Canadian Leah Pells in a photo-finish.

Podium: Canada - the best nation on earth

From a speech to mark Canada Day by the country's Prime Minister, delivered at Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Canada
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Greece debt crisis: EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

An outbreak of malaria in Greece four years ago helps us understand the crisis, says Robert Fisk
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Greece says 'No': A night of huge celebrations in Athens as voters decisively back Tsipras and his anti-austerity stance in historic referendum

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