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If you pay £6 to go to Prague on RyanAir, what do you expect?

Connally clue to Kennedy killing

Private researchers asked the US Attorney General, Janet Reno, on Wednesday to have bullet fragments removed from the body of the former Texas governor, John Connally, who was wounded in the assassination of President John F Kennedy, AP reports from Washington. The researchers believe that the bullet fragments lodged in Connally's wrist and thigh could prove that more than one assailant opened fire on the limousine carrying Kennedy, his wife Jacqueline, and Connally in Dallas on 22 November 1963. Connally died on Tuesday of pulmonary fibrosis at the age of 76.

Captain Moonlight's Notebook: Sorted your pension, John?

IS JOHN BIRT, the Director-General, a member of the BBC pension fund? A simple enough question, you would imagine. But as with most inquiries surrounding the salary and tax affairs of this public servant, mine led everywhere but got nowhere.

Pasternak village still divided

WITH its Bolshevik stars and Christian crosses, the graveyard in the village of Peredelkino on the edge of Moscow bears witness to the fact that Russia has long been a divided society. Yesterday villagers turned out in force to vote and among them were some of Boris Yeltsin's fiercest opponents and some of his staunchest supporters.

Moscow can do as it likes, just let Rostov mind its own business

The author is executive secretary of the East-West Co-operation Committee of the European Institute for the Media in Dusseldorf, and founder of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Regional Development in Moscow.

Leading Article: Ministering to the poor

UNTIL the 17th century, monarchs washed the feet of the poor on Maundy Thursday. The ceremony, expressing the sovereign's concern for all citizens, had its origins in the Last Supper, when Jesus bathed his disciples' feet. He told them: 'If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.'

Captain Moonlight's Notebook: Aching-Bones refuses to be laid to rest

DEAR old Sir David Akers-Jones appeared again in the papers last week, lured to Peking's side in the Chinese government's dispute with Chris Patten over democracy in Hong Kong. He has always known what's best for the people of the colony.

RAP / A little of what you fancy does you good: Michael Odell walks into Ice Cube at his hotel

'MAGGIE Thatcher and Ice Cube in the same hotel. I love that]' So says Ice Cube's manager, Patricia Charbonnet, as the former Prime Minister's husband walks through the foyer. And then, by the elevator, on our way up to meet Ice Cube himself, she goes all sentimental. 'In the end, we all breathe the same air, you know.'

Communist car on reform road

MOSCOW - As politicians squabble over who should be in the driver's seat, ordinary Russians yesterday got a chance to buy a stake in the Zil autoworks, purveyor of armoured limousines to the Kremlin elite, writes Andrew Higgins. .

Limo in Monoglia

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Clinton's speech hits jackpot in Middle America

IT WAS here, in rural Middle America, that they fringed the cornfields last July to watch Candidate Bill Clinton come by on his first campaign bus tour. In this small town yesterday, they lined the streets again, huddled in cars parked along the hard shoulder.

Getting down to business with Clinton

IN THIS country you soon get used to the 'invitations' that arrive daily in the post but that soon reveal themselves as junk mail- shots offering 'once-in-a-lifetime' opportunities either to spend a fortune or, more occasionally, to win one.

Perez survives attempt on life

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Tickets don't worry the big wheels

HOW do you cope with the horrors and difficulties of parking in today's cities? The answer is that you've probably given up trying, so we've asked nine celebrities to tell us their secrets for beating the traffic warden.

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Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

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From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

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