RUC must change warns Mo Mowlam

Mo Mowlam, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, yesterday told a committee of MPs that the RUC had to change as part of the peace process to end hostility over symbols, including its "Royal" title, writes Colin Brown.

Letter: Foreign policy not quite forgotten

Sir: Richard Gott declares: "as every history student is almost certainly well aware, no election has been fought on a foreign policy issue since 1857". This history student is wondering whether Mr Gott has forgotten the far more important campaign of 1880: Gladstone's Midlothian election.

Letter: TECs' report to Shephard

Sir: The claim in your article "Youth trainers offer ministers political help" (24 September) that the TEC National Council has offered political help to the Government in return for budgetary support is false.

Carter aide dies

Washington - Edmund Muskie, former Secretary of State under President Carter, died yesterday at 81 after a heart attack. He was briefly a contender for the presidential nomination in 1972. Reuter

Little support for foreign aid cuts

Little support for foreign aid cuts

Leading Article: John doesn't need another Douglas

The consequences of Douglas Hurd's resignation as Foreign Secretary are already coming home to roost. Whatever else was going wrong with the Government, one could rely upon Douglas to sort things out. Mr Hurd's departure means the Prime Minister is indulging in two bets at the same time. Not so much a gamble as a totaliser. He is gambling not just with the party leadership, but also with British foreign policy: that it is worth diminishing his government's authority by allowing Mr Hurd to go if that brings him an easier time with the Euro-sceptic right.

Leading Article: Britain's private foreign policy

Guerrilla warfare around the Scott inquiry now looks set to continue throughout the summer. An unknown sniper clearly targeted William Waldegrave by leaking allegations that the former Foreign Office minister misled MPs over secret government approval of arms sales to Saddam Hussein. Then yesterday Lord Howe duly aimed his bazooka at Sir Richard Scott, unfairly accusing him of poking his judicial nose into political matters in which judges have no competence.

Swiss rebuff UN

In a blow for government foreign policy and a victory for defenders of strict neutrality, Swiss voters rejected plans to provide UN peace-keepers, AP reports from Geneva. Official results showed that 57.3 per cent of the electorate voted against a proposed constitutional amendment which would have allowed for the dispatch of 600 'blue helmets'.

Africa creates its own dollars 1m peace fund

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Ballot powers

John Patten, Secretary of State for Education, said the Education Bill, given a Third Reading in Commons last night by 282 votes to 252, would include powers for parental ballots on schools opting out of council control to be rerun, where there was unfair conduct.

'Green' road guide issued

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Eagleburger to quit in January

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Donor scheme

Donor 'declarations' may be put on driving licences to relieve a shortage of organs, Virginia Bottomley, the Secretary of State for Health, said.
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