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Two Britons are believed to be among the crew of a seismic research vessel under effective “ship arrest” today after becoming snarled in a territorial dispute that flared over the weekend between Venezuela and neighbouring Guyana, which dates back over a 100 years to when Guyana was under British control.

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IN AN unlikely liaison, the three worlds of Michael Caine were never far apart. Agro-business (a corporate buzzword he hated), the continent of Africa in all its manifestations, and the Booker Prize for Fiction were his life.

`I can't see anyone who would be a better mayor'

IS TREVOR PHILLIPS the man Tony Blair would like to be London's first elected mayor? The man himself laughs and says he would be interested to know. So would a lot of other people, since this week he came as close to throwing his hat into the ring as it is possible to do without quitting his job and campaigning full time for it.

Historical Notes: Jonestown, once a horror, now a joke

JONESTOWN IN 1978 shocked and appalled me. When I saw the pictures of the bloated bodies of 913 people, 274 of them children, without much insight into Jim Jones and his American followers I readily attached responsibility for the painful deaths of those children by cyanide to the country's politicians of the day. Somehow a rampant political corruption had reaped the whirlwind of this massacre of the innocents. The country's symbolic death at the hands of a corrupt leadership had been rehearsed for the world to see and all that remained was a second less newsworthy calamity of the death of the nation.

Obituary: Ron Phillips

RON PHILLIPS was one of the most powerful orators black Britain has ever produced. He was one of the first West Indians in Britain to understand the significance of and translate the political, cultural and organisational importance of black self-awareness to that generation of young black men - and they were mainly men - in the late 1960s and 1970s who were suffering, en masse, for the first time the pressures of living in a racist society.

Books: Sexy Marilyn and all them boys

Buxton Spice

`Was strange, our sweat mixed'

A courageous new novel breaks taboos to tell the secret story of a Caribbean sexual awakening.

Books; Harvesting the trees of knowledge

Two young writers have given powerful voices to the `East Indian' women of the Caribbean. Paula Burnett welcomes them; Cereus Blooms at Night by Shani Mootoo Granta, pounds 14.99, 249pp; Buxton Spice by Oonya Kempadoo Phoenix House, pounds 12.99, 176pp

Race campaigner Narayan dies

THE BLACK rights activist and lawyer Rudy Narayan, who was accused of playing a part in sparking the 1995 Brixton riots, has died of liver disease, aged 60.

Debt relief for the Third World is not enough

ONE THING that all people of goodwill can agree on is that we are against anyone starving, especially in the Third World. My entire generation was raised on the notion that one sign of decency, if not piousness, was to pop a penny in the tin for starving children in Africa.

Gardening: Suburban savannah

After a trip to South America, Anna Pavord plans to bring a touch of paradise to a very English garden

Books: A parrot at the Tempest

THE MIGRATION OF GHOSTS by Pauline Melville Bloomsbury pounds 15.99

Cricket: Lambert can no longer be ignored

IT HAS been a long wait for Clayton Lambert. Regarded by a succession of selectors as too crude for Test cricket, the heavy-set left-hander with the crab-like stance had despaired of ever getting another chance to represent the West Indies. In spite of an imposing regional record and a fruitless search for openers to replace Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes, Lambert had been ignored after a solitary Test against England in 1991. Frustrated, he went into voluntary exile, making his runs in the Durham League in the summer and, for three winters, for Northern Transvaal in South Africa.

Books: Long overdue

The huge IMPAC literary prize is the only major award where librarians get a vote. Vanessa Thorpe examines the shortlist

Books: You killed the man I loved

Richard Gott is moved by a son's attempt to understand the father he never knew

Cricket: England likely to replace Tufnell with Caddick for fifth Test

ANDREW CADDICK is expected to replace Phil Tufnell, the slow left- armer, in England's team for the fifth Test against West Indies when the selectors meet today to pick the side for the match starting tomorrow.
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