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Books: Secrets and lives of a hotel

The International by Glenn Patterson Anchor pounds 9.99

Ulster towns hit by firebombs

FIREBOMBING attacks apparently carried out by loyalists yesterday focused attention in Northern Ireland on the continuing threat posed by extreme Protestant groups opposed to the peace process.

RUC `should be cut by 5,000 officers'

THE PATTEN report will recommend this morning that the Royal Ulster Constabulary be renamed the Northern Ireland Police Service, and will make scores of proposals designed to change the face of policing for the new millennium.

Friday Book: Can we stand for intolerance?

THe Politics Of Toleration: Tolerance And Intolerance In Modern Life Edited By Susan Mendus, Edinburgh University Press, pounds 14.95

Executed killer exhumed for burial

THE REMAINS of an IRA man executed 57 years ago in Belfast have been unearthed from a prison for reburial, the Northern Ireland Prison Service confirmed yesterday.

Letter: Peace in Ireland

Sir: Mo Mowlem, the Northern Ireland Secretary, has described the recent killing of alleged IRA informer Charles Bennett as "a clear bid to disfigure the peace process".

Letter: State imposition

MICHAEL WATTS refers to the 1801 Act of Union as evidence that Northern Ireland is not a colony (Letters, 8 August). That is very selective use of historical fact. The Act was supported by imposed Protestant rulers in Ireland whose dominance of Irish politics was in direct inverse to their proportion of Ireland's population. The legitimacy of the Act of Union has always been, therefore, in doubt - a situation comparable to the imposition of apartheid by minority white rulers in South Africa in 1948.

Arts: Not a dry seat in the house

Cabaret: PATTI LUPONE; DONMAR WAREHOUSE, LONDON

Leading Article: Let us now praise George Carey, this turbulent priest

GEORGE CAREY has the misfortune to be nobody's favourite Archbishop of Canterbury. Intellectual and social snobs in the Church of England do not like him because he is not especially subtle or sophisticated. Liberals do not like him because he is too conservative. Conservatives do not like him because he is too liberal. And now he has offended his entire "core flock" by saying - to paraphrase - that organised religion is mostly hypocritical.

Ulster Peace Process: The bright new era that collapsed into a farce

IT WASN'T even history repeating itself as farce: it was just farce pure and simple, the Belfast assembly going through entirely inconsequential motions in a bitter parody of what might have been. Instead of the dawn of a bright new era it turned out to be a political version of fantasy football league.

It is the pro-Europeans who are the real patriots

Charles Kennedy, the man most likely to become leader of the Liberal Democrats, outlines his policy for taking Britain deeper into Europe

Blair gives Northern Ireland 14 days to agree deal

MAKING NO attempt to conceal his exasperation at the recent lack of progress, Tony Blair served notice on Northern Ireland politicians yesterday that they have only two weeks to achieve a breakthrough.

European Elections: Unionists spurn deal

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COMPETITION: LITERALLY LOST NUMBER 81

This excerpt has been taken from a work of travel literature. Readers are invited to tell us: a) where is the action taking place? b) who is the author? Blackwell's Bookshops will award pounds 30-worth of book tokens to the first correct answer out of the hat. Answers on a postcard to: Literally Lost, Independent on Sunday, 1 Canada Square, London E14 5DL. Usual competition rules apply. Entries to arrive by this Thursday. Literally lost 80: The book was Bella Tuscany by Frances Mayes. The action took place in Cortona, Italy. The winner is Paula Morris of London E11.
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