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As one of America's best-regarded journalists and the holder of a Pulitzer prize, Seymour Hersh is accustomed to being talked about. His latest project, however - a book about the late John F. Kennedy, due out next month - has put him at the centre of a controversy he would wishes would go away.

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N"The culture-heroes of our liberal bourgeois civilisation are anti-liberal and anti-bourgeois; they are writers who are repetitive, obsessive, and impolite, who impress by force - not simply by their tone of personal authority and by their intellectual ardour, but by the sense of acute personal and intellectual extremity."

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The former US president, Gerald Ford, altered a key sentence in the Warren Commission Report to strengthen its conclusion that John F. Kennedy was killed by a single bullet, it emerged yesterday.

NEW YORK DAYS: Dutch have courage to tame JFK

It is true the Dutch once ran Manhattan, but that was three centuries ago and ended with their man, Peter Stuyvesant, being thrown out. So who is to say that today they are any more able to tame the city? Particularly when their big idea is to put flies in the urinals.

JFK's trouble with George

John F Kennedy Jr started `George' magazine so that people would take him seriously. But stories of fisticuffs at the office and strife at home have hit him where it hurts. By Daniel Jeffreys

Guatemalan guerrillas sign up for peace after 36-year war

A war that began the year John F Kennedy was elected, and Harold MacMillan was heralding "the winds of change", will finally end tomorrow when Guatemala's government and guerrillas sign a hard-won peace treaty. In 36 years of Latin America's longest guerrilla war, 100,000 people died, 40,000 more "disappeared" from military detention and more than one million fled their homes.

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The Church of England has issued a report on Britain's neo-pagan movements, which it presumably feels pose a threat to traditional Christianity. Radio 4's The Moral Maze devoted its entire programme last week to the report and the wider issue of the human need for irrationality, be it pagan or religious.

WHY ARE THEY FAMOUS? NO 9: JOHN F KENNEDY JNR

Main Claim: Daddy just happened to be the most famous president of all time. Mummy was the most famous First Lady. A harmonious marriage of their reasonably attractive genes produced the most spectacular looking presidential offspring the world has yet seen. Amy Carter and Chelsea Clinton resigned from the contest at birth. JFK Jnr also has the same name and initials as his father, handy for reminding us of who he is.

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Dean Martin, actor, singer, drinker, dies

Dean Martin, the singer, actor and Hollywood "Rat Pack" reveller, died at his Beverly Hills home yesterday, aged 78. His long-time agent and friend Mort Viner said the entertainer, whose career was inextricably linked with his theme song "Little Old Wine Drinker Me'', died of respiratory failure.

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President John F Kennedy leaving Cork City Hall during his visit to Ireland in June 1963

Local hero: President John F Kennedy leaving Cork City Hall during his visit to Ireland in June 1963 (above), and with the then Irish Prime Minister, Sean Lemass (below).

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