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The ruling follows a request for advice from The Netherlands about three gay refugees seeking asylum from Uganda, Sierra Leone and Senegal

School head calls naughty sixth form into his study and tells why he said `Non' to les Rosbifs

LIONEL JOSPIN, the Headmaster, invited the Sixth Form (the unruly British press) into his study yesterday to explain why he could not put beef back on the menu in his school canteen.

Monitor: French beef ban

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Airtours appeals against EC bid block

AIRTOURS, the UK's second-ranked holiday operator, yesterday lodged an appeal with the European Court of Justice against a ruling by the European Commission blocking the company's pounds 850m bid for rival First Choice.

Football: Blatter's plan to limit foreign imports to be rejected

THE EUROPEAN Commission will today reject calls for new limits to be imposed on the number of foreign players in European teams, a spokesman said yesterday.

Hot gospel of a brand missionary

Roger Trapp talks to the `born again' businessman who came back from Death

Blair: Beef war may end in a matter of days

TONY BLAIR raised hopes last night that the two-month-long Anglo- French beef war could be over in days, after a meeting with his French counterpart, Lionel Jospin.

Winter fuel cash cheats men, says court chief

A RETIRED man aged 64 won the latest round yesterday in his legal battle to show that the Government's winter fuel payments to pensioners discriminate against men.

Football: European wage cap considered by Uefa task force

UEFA, EUROPEAN football's ruling body, yesterday approved the creation of a task force which will examine a possible limit on players' salaries as part of a planned licensing system for Europe's clubs.

Letter: EU to the rescue

Sir: Both representatives of the European Parliament who gave evidence to a House of Lords select committee earlier this year volunteered the opinion that it will be possible to introduce corpus juris under article 280 of the EU Treaty (pp 84, 85, of the Lords' Report), which does not allow for a national veto. The British government does not agree with this interpretation.

Letter: Legal beef

Sir: If, as Imre Karacs reports ("Germans want extra safety tests on UK beef", 5 August ), the German Lander are insisting that British beef be labelled British, this would be flying in the face of a European Court of Justice ruling.

Tobacco firms fight ad ban

MINISTERS ARE preparing emergency legislation to ban tobacco advertising in order to thwart an unexpected legal challenge in the High Court by tobacco firms, writes Marie Woolf.

German `no' to British beef

GERMANY IS on a collision course with the European Commission after refusing to lift its ban on the sale of British beef.

EC `fat cat' may lose his new job

MARTIN BANGEMANN, the outgoing German European commissioner who caused a storm over his plans to move to the private sector, could now lose his lucrative new job as well as being stripped of his pension rights.

Bangemann pension row goes to court

MARTIN BANGEMANN, the outgoing European commissioner who plunged Brussels into a new sleaze crisis, was last night facing the prospect of legal action to recover his pension, worth an estimated pounds 60,000 a year.

Right of Reply: Gary Lux

The Parallel Traders Association chief responds to an article by Diane Coyle last Friday
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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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