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'My Zulu boy was legally abducted'

Love-tug case: English foster mother hopeful of child's return as full details of fight for custody are revealed

Letter: Train beats car

Sir: For some twenty-five years as commuter I have driven the 20 miles to central London and each year the queues get longer and the serious incidents more regular and it becomes necessary to leave that few minutes earlier to avoid this distance taking up to an hour and a half.

Chief who wants to get a head steps forward


OJ faces the nation with plea of innocence



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Fears as family bids farewell to inner-city legend

Funeral in Toxteth: Police hope that bloody cycle of street violence will come to an end with the burial of David Ungi

This year's model

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Prosecutor in final attempt to convict OJ

Opening her final attempt to prove that OJ Simpson had the means, motive and opportunity to murder his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman, Marcia Clark began the prosecution's summing up yesterday with an emotional plea to the jury.

Bums on pedestals

Are you eating? If so, skip this column and only return to it when the table is cleared and the washing-up done, because today we are going to explore our bottoms. And not the nice, fleshy outer bits, either - you can see a hundred of those in any old Mel Gibson movie. No, I'm talking anuses, rectums. Hell - I'm talking colons.

Why murder is a matter for the Round Table

IT SEEMED that murder had lost its power to shock in today's Russia. As one Moscow daily noted recently: "Triple killings have become a normal occurrence." The Moskovski Komsomolets described a quadruple killing, where the victims all had their throats cut after being beaten to death with dumb-bells. The news was worth a filler.

First encounters: When Fats Waller met Al Capone

How Fats Waller was given to Al Capone as a present. The sixth in a series of memorable meetings drawn by the distinguished American illustrator Edward Sorel and written by Nancy Caldwell Sorel. Last week, Anton Chekhov and Leo Tolstoy; next week, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Bertrand Russell

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Porthmadog has a first knight to remember

Sean Connery was hardly missed at a film premiere that starred a Welsh coastal town, reports Michael Prestage

A white-knuckle ride I cannot join

The Redwood camp looks like a small sectarian wing which will never unite the Tory party, argues Jerry Hayes

Grim-faced state of siege

It was a bright crisp day in the City of London yesterday but there was precious little sunshine at Barings' Bishopsgate h
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