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At least five people have been killed in an explosion at a chemical factory in central Japan, according to news reports.

Broker Nikko warns of $1bn loss

NIKKO SECURITIES, Japan's third-biggest brokerage, yesterday warned it would lose as much as $1bn (pounds 600m) in the year to March and would cut 2,000 of its 8,500 staff in Japan.

Software firm braves market turmoil to float

FINANCIAL OBJECTS, a software supplier which is just three years old, looks set to become the first major company to float on the London Stock Exchange since the start of market turmoil when it completes its listing next month.

Rallying: Burning up the forests

After the heat and dust of Australia, Britain's No 2 rally driver relishes the mud and cold of home; McRae will not have it all his own way next week.

Rallying: Burns puts McRae in forest shade

COLIN McRAE took his world championship challenge into Crocodile Dundee country yesterday - only to discover a fellow Brit revelling in the outback.

MOTORING: ON YOUR MARQUES

The 75th Motor Show is under way and with more than 750 cars and 12 world debuts, it's bigger and better than ever. John Fordham picks his own front runners

Motor Show `98: NEC debut for a new era of the car

The British International Motor Show promises innovation, like Volvo's bi-fuel system which can use natural gas

Rallying: McRae trails leaders Liatti and Makinen

PIERO LIATTI, of Italy, and the world champion Tommi Makinen shared the lead in the San Remo rally after five special stages yesterday.

The Third Way is a scam, utterly without substance

The rich are looking for a theology of containment they hope to persuade the poor to swallow

RALLYING: Burns on the move to Subaru

RICHARD BURNS, one of the world's up-and-coming rally drivers, has signed a three-year contract with Subaru.

Rallying: The making of master Makinen

World Rally Championship showdown: Flying Finn on record-breaking run in pursuit of third title

Churchill protected Scottish peer suspected of spying for Japan

Second World War: Government papers show prominent aristocrat was believed to be leaking naval secrets to Tokyo

Rallying: Makinen enters the record books

FINLAND'S TOMMI Makinen, driving a Mitsubishi Lancer, yesterday won the Finland Rally for a record-breaking fifth time.

Mitsubishi's $34m sex bias bill

SANDRA RUSHING was 21 when she got a job at the Mitsubishi plant in Normal, Illinois. But her tasks on the assembly line soon turned into a nightmare.

AEA joint venture gets pounds 7m state aid

THE Government is to pump pounds 7m into a state-of-the-art factory in Scotland being set up by an Anglo-Japanese joint venture to manufacture "intelligent" rechargeable batteries for use in defence, space and medical applications.

Rallying: Makinen title charge starts to accelerate

FINLAND'S Tommi Makinen won the Rally of Argentina on Saturday by 27 seconds from Carlos Sainz, of Spain, as the British pair Richard Burns and Colin McRae finished fourth and fifth respectively.
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee