News The Teknik Perdana was looking for oil off the coast of Guyana

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.

Holidays in the sun part 2: Jungle fever

Two weeks into my ill-fated odyssey to Guyana and my country of origin had not yet won our hearts. Tony had begun to develop an acute sense of paranoia. Every attempt he made to venture outside met cries of "WHITE BOY! WHITE MAN! WHITEY!"

Sky's not the limit boy in the band Snake hips, knees A man called Moe

From `Guys and Dolls' to `Five Guys Named Moe', Clarke Peters has sung his way through American music. Now he's changing his tune.

Call of the wild

Holidays in the sun part 1

Straw facing row over dissident

A political and legal row was looming for Jack Straw, the Home Secretary, yesterday after a Nigerian dissident with long-standing links and a family in Britain was refused entry clearance to return here.

Subversive sex in the savannah

The Ventriloquist's Tale by Pauline Melville, Bloomsbury, pounds 15.99; Paula Burnett enjoys a magic post-imperial riposte to Evelyn Waugh

Sketches in freehand

The Ministry of Hope by Roy Heath, Marion Boyars, pounds 16.95

Urgency is absent from both sides

Cricket

Deathly spell of doom messiahs

Today's bizarre tragedy is one in a long line of mass suicide cults involving affluent, educated people who fall under the spell of messianic leaders.

Obituary: Cheddi Jagan

Cheddi Jagan was the last of a generation of pre-Independence Caribbean leaders that includes Norman Manley, of Jamaica, Grantley Adams, of Barbados, Eric Williams, of Trinidad and Tobago, and L.F.S. Burnham, of Guyana.

Rhodes' timely punch ushers in a fresh era

Harry Mullan sees an old warrior suffer and a new talent show his promise

It's flimsy, faded - and the most precious item in the world

This rather tatty looking, stained piece of paper is arguably the most valuable object in the world. A rare Swedish stamp nearly a century-and- a- half old, it was sold for a record 2.9 million Swiss francs (pounds 2.1m) at a public auction in Zurich yesterday.

JOURNEY THROUGH THE LOST WORLD

Venezuela, land of rainforests, waterfalls and misty moonscapes, is a little-visited delight - but not for much longer. Julia Gosling advises a trip before mining companies and tour buses take over

Small fry? Not if he can help it

Wessex Water could be easy prey for the big utilities, but its chief is thinking big. Paul Farrelly reports; profile; Nicholas Hood

Lies in the land of promise

THE COUNTING HOUSE by David Dabydeen Cape pounds 9.99

What Wendy does next

The short answer is "not much" - except claim on travel insurance, if it specifically covers delays. The same goes for Laker passengers who spent two days of their holiday at Gatwick.
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