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Seventeen-year-old told doctors she had been using the drug for two months

Obituary: Germn List Arzubide

GERMAN LIST Arzubide was one of the last survivors of the 1910- 20 Mexican revolution. He fought alongside his hero the Indian peasant leader Emilio Zapata, and was wounded and imprisoned three times.

Books: Desperately seeking Diego and Frida

Anyone hoping to track down lost portraits of Diego Rivera in Mexico should bring infinite patience and a stock of wet handkerchiefs; Dreaming with his Eyes Open: a Life of Diego Rivera by Patrick Marnham Bloomsbury pounds 20 Diego Rivera: a Retrospective intro by Linda Downs Detroit Art Institute/Norton pounds 60

Athletics: Jumper who turned top of the flops

Dick Fosbury's intuition led to a revolution 30 years ago. Simon Turnbull talks to him

Poll alarms Mexico's rulers

NEXT YEAR it turns 70. It has provided Mexico's presidents ever since it began. But can the mighty Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), born out of the ashes of the bloody 1910-17 revolution, cling to power into the 21st century?

Designed by the French, ridden by Mexicans

Mexico City's underground is a mix of Paris design, high-tech and the country's past and present.

FOOTBALL: ENGLAND'S WORLD CUP TOURNAMENT RECORD

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Mexico chokes as fires take grip

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's two largest cities declared smog emergencies yesterday as a plague of brush fires capped the country in thick smoke and forced schoolchildren inside.

Anti-kidnap men abducted

The chief and deputy chief of Mexico City's police anti-kidnapping unit were themselves kidnapped a week ago and are still missing, Mexican news reports said yesterday.

The tragedy of Dunblane brought about finally the realisation that sport does not matter much in the wider scheme of things

If, as it appears, the death of Diana, Princess of Wales has caused people to reflect on the comparative unimportance of sport, a good question is why did this not occur to them at the time of Dunblane and other horrors.

Update on ... ... prostitution

A survey of recent developments in a topic of general interest

Shamanic ritual - the real thing

Religious retribution, Mayan practices and soft drinks wars can seem like just another ordinary day after a session with the shaman. Sue Nelson reports from Mexico's Chiapas Highlands

Blessed relief for Mexican icon

A stain on a pavement that has been revered by Mexicans as resembling the Virgin of Guadalupe was moved above ground and blessed by clerics. Bearing flowers and candles, people queued to touch the shrine to Mexico's newest icon, the "Virgin of the Metro", which was discovered by a cleaner in the subway on 1 June. Thousands of visitors flocked to Hidalgo station, in Mexico City, to pay homage to what they swore was a miraculous image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the country's patron saint.

An old name returns to rule a tough city

Joy on the streets as a populist overturns the corrupt old guard

Mexico votes for new dawn of democracy

Ruling party left in disarray as elections losen grip on power after 70 years. New era hailed as opposition mayor wins capital and PRI left in disarray
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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

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Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

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