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The great thing about "counterfactual" history is that anyone can play. If Gordon Brown hadn't been caught making those remarks about a "bigoted woman" might he still be PM? If Hitler had invaded England in 1940 would we all be speaking German? If the judge in the Rivonia trial had sentenced Nelson Mandela to death rather than life in jail?

PNG copper mine targeted

Mercenaries hired to put down a secessionist rebellion in Papua New Guinea planned to capture a vast copper mine on Bougainville island with a force of 1,200 soldiers, a public inquiry was told.

British mercenary chief free to leave Papua

Tim Spicer, the Briton detained in Papua New Guinea for more than three weeks after an aborted mercenary operation, was told yesterday he was free to leave after illegal firearm charges against him were dropped.

Papua drops case against Briton

Illegal firearm charges against the British mercenary leader, Tim Spicer, who led an aborted mission to Papua New Guinea last month, have been dropped, a prosecution official said yesterday.

The map of the swamp said: 'Largely unexplored'

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Papua dogs of war to go home

The military advisory company, Sandline International, which has become caught in controversy over a contract in Papua New Guinea, is to withdraw its personnel today or tomorrow.

Papua PM tries to appease the rebels

Michael Perry

Army chief tells PNG leader to quit over mercenaries

Brigadier denies power bid, but condemns `corruption'

Papua New Guinea Defence Force accused

Sydney - Amnesty International said that Papua New Guinea's defence force should be held accountable for more than 40 deaths and "disappear- ances" last year on Bougain-ville, Reuter reports.

Ragged rebels who must face professionals

APapua New Guinea turned to overseas security advisers after its requests for assistance from Australia for help against rebels were turned down, according to reports in the Australian press.

A real pudding

ENB's 'Coppelia' is a beautiful confection, both visually and stylistically, so why are the performances so lacklustre?

Tollett switch expands British options

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Dave Hadfield in Lae illustrates the strange ways of Papua New Guinea

Britain's trepidation

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New boys count on win-only Betts

Dave Hadfield talks to the British vice-captain returning to his learning ground

Wigan have the final say

Rugby League: St Helens 14 Wigan 44
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