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Sampras' concern for coach's health : TENNIS

Pete Sampras's defence of the Australian Open title has been overshadowed by concern for the health of his coach, Tim Gullikson, who was taken to hospital shortly after they practised together yesterday.

Lees inspires launch of anti-mining campaign

Campaign launched in memory of Friends of the Earth man focuses on thre at to last pockets of unique Madagascan forests `Andrew's loss is a tragedy for the many people he inspired'

Madagascan's progress puts Hingis in shade

TENNIS : A large island not noted for producing tennis talent has enjoyed an encouraging few days at the Australian Open here. No, not Britain - Madagascar.

LETTER : Andrew Lees was a local hero

From Mr Nick Mayhew Sir: Your generous coverage of Andrew Lees's tragic death and his concerns in Madagascar has been very welcome. His obituary (9 January) by Richard D. North was, I thought, particularly evocative of much that was so special about him.

LETTER: Threat to Madagascar's forests

From Mr Paul Hellyer Sir: Richard D. North's article "Less forest but less poverty, too" (12 January) has the appearance of taking a dispassionate view of Third World development priorities. In fact, it is peppered with half-truths, erroneous assumptionsand speculation.

Less forest but less poverty, too

Romantic environmentalism will not aid Madagascar, says Richard D North Out of 4,000 miles of coastline, the scheme may affect about 60

Letter: Fitting tribute to Andrew Lees

Sir: As someone who has lived in Madagascar and has a great affection for that island and its people, and who is also a professional ecologist, I fully support the views of Friends of the Earth and the late Andrew Lees that further damage to the fragile environment of Madagascar must be avoided. Titanium is one of the most abundant metallic elements in the earth's crust and there is no shortage of titanium dioxide on a global scale.

Tributes flow in for green giant

Andrew Lees' environmental impact is his legacy. Glenda Cooper reports

`Three vital days lost' in search for missing Briton

THREE vital days went by before a proper search was mounted for Andrew Lees, the leading environmental campaigner mysteriously missing in a Madagascar rainforest. And it was only on Friday that a full operation was put into effect.

Fears for life of missing botanist

Last man to see missing Friends of the Earth campaigner alive tells of his `agony' at leaving friend behind in jungle

Search intensifies for missing botanist

The hunt for Andrew Lees, the British environmentalist who has been missing in the dense tropical forests of Madagascar for six days, was stepped up yesterday. Helicopters flew over the forests, and tracker dogs were flown in to the area.

Conservationist lost in tropics

The girlfriend of Andrew Lees, campaigns director of Friends of the Earth, yesterday WED flew out to Madagascar to join the search for Mr Lees, who has been missing in dense tropical forest since last Saturday.

Fashion: Keep it under wraps: Patsy from Absolutely Fabulous wouldn't be seen dead in one, but among the cognoscenti these sumptuous silk shawls from Madagascar are the new 'must have'. Marion Hume tells how the lamba made it from the Indian Ocean to Bond Street

'I've bought three and now I must stop myself,' says Joanna Lumley. The actress who has come to epitomise trashy glamour as Patsy - the fashion world's favourite icon - is in a different mood today. For we are in Bond Street, at the Fine Art Society, where an odd mix of people, from fashion's finest to scientists in desert boots, has gathered to admire and acquire intricate, 7ft silk shawls called lambas.

Madagascar typhoon toll reaches 43

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Fatal cyclone

At least 11 people were killed and up to 100,000 left homeless after the 'Cyclone of the Century' swept through Madagascar on Thursday, Reuter reports from Antananarivo. Cyclone Geralda gusted at speeds up to 350kph (220mph).
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