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TELEVISION / An immaculate conception

IN 1991, Alan Parker's The Commitments roared its way into the public affections. The kids in the Dublin band were real tearaways: ripping up official bits of paper that said they were nobody, taking a crowbar to the iron gates of life. Their language was roughed up, too, with the abrasiveness that comes when natural ebullience chafes against acquired cynicism: if something was bad they called it poxy, anything great was fokkin' rapid. In their mouths, even obscenities sang.

MP met Gaddafi on Lockerbie

THE CONSERVATIVE MP, Sir Teddy Taylor, had a secret desert meeting with Colonel Gaddafi concerning the two Libyans wanted in connection with the Lockerbie bombing, it was confirmed yesterday.

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Talks offered over Lockerbie suspects

Britain is ready for the first time to talk to Libya about the hand-over of two men suspected of the Lockerbie bombing, Douglas Hurd, the Foreign Secretary, said last night.

British Airways offloads baggage security arm

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Government silent on Lockerbie claim

THE GOVERNMENT has refused to comment on reports that a high-security cage is being built inside Barlinnie prison, Glasgow, to house two Libyans accused of the Lockerbie bombing.

First Lockerbie damages award

NEW YORK (Reuter) - In the first of what could be scores of damages trials stemming from the Lockerbie bombing, a US jury yesterday awarded dollars 9.23m ( pounds 4.8m) to the family of a Pepsi- co executive.
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