Travel Tall order: impressive canal-side buildings in Amsterdam

'Amsterdam has gorgeous architecture, endless canals and friendly local folk'

Fear stalks Zairean camps

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Eastern bloc cash flood buoys Regalian: Turkish and Russian high-rollers snap up last luxury flats to transform pounds 100m losses into profit

The last of 20 flats in Kensington Palace Gardens, the luxury London apartment building looking over the Princess of Wales' quarters, has been sold thanks to a wave of new money, partly from the former Eastern bloc.

Keys to the door

Range Rover's new pounds 50,000 flagship model, due on sale this autumn, will offer novel his 'n' hers remote-control keys. As well as opening the doors, the two sets of keys will instruct the car's electrically adjustable driver's seat to return to the position pre-programmed by that driver.

Car blast kills five

GUADALAJARA - A car apparently laden with explosives blew up outside the luxury Camino Real hotel yesterday, killing at least five people and wounding 15 others. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

A Jag for pounds 99

You can now rent a new Jaguar XJ6 from pounds 99 a day from Budget. Both XJ6 Gold and XJ6 3.2S models are available. Offer valid until the end of June.

Convoy halted

Traffic police issued warnings to 14 German Porsche drivers who were clocked at 90mph on the M5 in Somerset as they drove in convoy to a car rally in Devon.

Pounds 50,000 jewel grab

A wealthy businessman was robbed of more than pounds 50,000 of jewellery after being abducted outside his home in Ringmer, Sussex. The victim, who has not been named, was driven off in his Range Rover, in which he was left handcuffed at Glynde railway station, while the robbers fled with the jewels.

Pendragon in driving seat for luxury cars

PENDRAGON, the motor dealer, lifted pre-tax profits by 41 per cent to pounds 7.4m in 1993, despite specialising in the luxury end of the car market, where the sales recovery has tended to lag behind the rest of the sector.

Porsche outlook improves as sales of Carrera climb

PORSCHE, the loss-making German sports car maker, is forecasting a 5 per cent rise in sales this year to more than DM2bn ( pounds 795m), as incoming orders and deliveries of its new 911 Carrera models run ahead of expectations.

Bunhill: Flying low

NOTHING illustrates Asil Nadir's fall from grace more than the plane he used to take him to Northern Cyprus last week. For what may be his last ever journey across international boundaries, the former Polly Peck tycoon, who used to jet around in a luxury Gulfstream 4 in his glory days, chose a 21-year-old Cessna Citation. The US-registered plane has had 15 different registered owners since it left Cessna's factory in 1972. Past owners include a British car dealer in San Francisco and an air charter company in Dallas rejoicing in the name of Million Air (groan).

Rivals muscle in on Escobar drug empire: Phil Davison reports from Cali, Colombia's new cocaine capital

WHETHER THE Medellin cocaine cartel boss Pablo Escobar is captured, killed or surrenders, Colombia's drug -trafficking problem is far from over.

FILM / Enough to make a grown man weep?

Over the last few years, a new genre has been taking shape before our mostly unimpressed but occasionally misty eyes. What to call it, when in a way it's only a twist on a venerable formula? But the twist involves a change in the gender of its primary audience, which is hardly a trivial detail. The new genre is the men's weepie, the tear-jerker that targets testosterone.

Bunhill: Rumours roll in exalted circles

WHEN an adviser to a company tells you something about his client, logic suggests he knows what he is talking about. So when a man who works for Vickers told me last week that the Sultan of Brunei was looking to buy Rolls-Royce Motors - the company, not a couple of cars - I believed him.

Porsche cuts another 1,000 jobs as sales slide deepens

PORSCHE, the German luxury car maker, is to cut a further 1,000 jobs in the current financial year, bringing the total to 1,850 by 31 July 1993. The company blamed falling sales of expensive sports cars in the US and Britain, and economic conditions in Germany and Japan.
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