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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.

Cricket: W Indies call up leg spinner Ramnarine

The West Indies selectors yesterday dispelled rumours they were about to drop their vice-captain Carl Hooper, including him in the 13-man squad for the fourth Test against England, which starts at Bourda on Friday.

Cricket: England progress without Gough

Guyana 184 & 109-6 England 239

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Guyana 184 & 131 England 239 & 33-3 Match drawn

Cricket: Ramprakash sweeps doubts aside

Guyana 184; England 200-6

Cricket: Croft has rare turn of fortune

England's off-spinner makes an early impression while batsmen wait for their opening

Cricket: Resolute England wrest the initiative

Third Test: Determined Butcher holds his nerve as Atherton's men beat Port of Spain's 24-year-old jinx to square the series

Cricket: Umpires unjustly take the flak on a nightmare track

IT isn't only the batsmen who find it tough going at the Queen's Park Oval. The umpires don't have an easy time of it either.

Obituary: Michael J. Eden

Michael John Eden, geographer: born Brenchley, Kent 10 December 1936; Lecturer, Bedford College (later Royal Holloway, University of London) 1964-94, Senior Lecturer 1994-98; died Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire 11 January 1998.

Cricket: Unrest may lead to switch from Guyana to Antigua

The West Indies Cricket Board will decide next week whether England's third Test with the West Indies will go ahead in Guyana, where political unrest after last month's elections has led to violence.

Cricket: Guyana Test may be switched

England and the West Indies may have to consider switching the third Test in Guyana if the current unrest does not ease. A television station and England's hotel have been the targets of "two small bomb blasts" in a wave of anti-government protests. The Foreign Office have described the political climate as "tense and volatile", and advised Britons to travel to Georgetown only if necessary.

Close call in Guyana election

Janet Jagan had a small lead over the opposition leader, Desmond Hoyte, in presidential elections. With 29 per cent of votes counted, her People's Progressive Party had 51 per cent to 46 per cent for Mr Hoyte's People's National Congress.

Guyana breaks tradition

Voters in Guyana went to the polls yesterday, with a white woman born in the United States tipped to emerge as the country's president.

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Science: France revels in its cosmic power

The 100th Ariane rocket, jewel in the crown of the European space programme, will lift off from Guyana today. Once scorned, the French-led project is now the most commercially succesful space programme in the world. Where does France - the second great power in the cosmos - (boldly) go from here? To Mars maybe, as John Lichfield reports.

Doing the right thing

Not long ago, I received an invitation to the wedding of Richard and Marvel. The ceremony was to be held at the Church of God in Handsworth, Birmingham. I had met Richard a few times at the home of his distant cousin, Sister Ruth, in a terraced street behind the Gothic-towered Public Library in Soho Road, Handsworth. Sister Ruth is a short, placid, pleasant-faced lady from Guyana, while Richard is tall, amiable and ambitious. He had arrived from his home-village of Adventure only a few years earlier, and now worked in an uncle's garage.
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