News An area cordoned off by police, similar to the cordoned off house in Hartlepool where Mark Denton was found injured on New Year's Eve.

Police have launched a murder inquiry after a former boxer died in an incident at a New Year’s Eve party.

The Mandelson Affair: Press Reaction - Headlines helped downfall

PETER MANDELSON awoke yesterday morning - in that house, of course - to find the right-wing press united in condemnation of his loan from Geoffrey Robinson.

The Mandelson Affair: He felt in his bones the show was over

AS A RESIGNATION, at least it had a touch of class. One of Peter Mandelson's most valuable assets has always been to judge where a story is going, and yesterday he used it once again in the service of the party.

The Mandelson loan: Mystery of the pounds 475,000 townhouse

IT HAD long been a mystery. How did Peter Mandelson afford a pounds 475,000 house on a backbench salary of pounds 43,000?

The Mandelson loan: Exotic in both his plumage and connections

PETER MANDELSON'S description of himself (and the Treasury minister Geoffrey Robinson) as "exotic" yesterday in an interview on Radio 4's Today programme shows self-awareness, if nothing else.

Rugby Union: Regan set to climb pecking order

IF MARK REGAN found it unusually difficult to get to sleep last Monday night, it was not simply because his brand new daughter was giving her week-old lungs a full aerobic work-out. Bath's former inter- national hooker had just experienced his worst televisual nightmare: the sight of Richard Cockerill, the man he considers his most punchable rival, revelling in the chat show lifestyle as the nation basked in the delicious afterglow of victory over the Springboks.

Letter: The forgotten power of song

WITH REFERENCE to Blake Morrison's article ("Could these notes save your life?", 15 November), earlier this year I spent some time as

Rugby Union: Botham in swing on the wing

Hugh Godwin says a career switch lifted the burden of comparisons

Rugby Union: Sullivan strides in from wings

ANTHONY SULLIVAN is confident he can handle the huge weight of expectation surrounding his rugby union representative debut tonight.

Rugby Union: Sale cruise past West

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Friday book: Unheard witnesses of war

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Wolves brewer weighs pounds 250m Marston offer

WOLVERHAMPTON & Dudley, the Black Country brewer, confirmed yesterday that it is considering a pounds 250m bid for its near-neighbour Marston, Thompson & Evershed, based in Burton on Trent and best known for its Pedigree ale.

Rugby Union: Murphy the perfect understudy

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Rugby Union: Harlequins win but lose their way in the rain

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Rugby Union: Magic touch eludes Brewer

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Letter: Global warm homes

Sir: So, what will we do about global warming? I will go to work on my bicycle. What about you?
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