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Carol King-Eckersley tells of her 'double tragedy' after deciding to track down her only child, put up for adoption 45 years ago

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.

Damages for Lockerbie detectives

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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

CORRECTION (PUBLISHED 20 SEPTEMBER 1992) APPENDED TO THIS ARTICLE

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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