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Jury frees man whose wife cut off his penis

WASHINGTON - John Bobbitt, the former Marine whose wife cut off his penis in a case that has drawn attention throughout the US and beyond, was acquitted yesterday by a Virginia jury of marital sexual assault, the crime which she says provoked her into her gory act of revenge, writes Rupert Cornwell.

World student games: Odam's Ukrainian lesson

WHAT makes this event is that it brings together an incredible mix. Those for whom the Games is the be all and end all of their athletic careers rub shoulders with those for whom it is merely a stepping stone to greater things, writes Tom Chesshyre from Buffalo, New York.

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ART / A legend in her own landscape: Andrew Graham-Dixon argues that, despite the great American myth, Georgia O'Keeffe is nothing but a little painter lost in a vast wilderness

THE FIRST British retrospective of Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings, which opened at the Hayward Gallery last week, resoundingly confirms her genius, although not perhaps in the way that she herself might have wished. This exhibition reveals that O'Keeffe must have had an amazing gift for self-publicisation; an immense talent for convincing others of her talent; an absolute mastery of the art of persuasion. Because it also reveals that the most famous female American artist of the 20th century was, quite simply, not very good.

TELEVISION / Flogging un cheval mort

THERE WAS a strange omission in Radio Times's lipsmacking publicity for A Year in Provence (BBC1). Why no scratch'n'sniff card? Garlic, basil, perhaps a whiff of native, steeped in cassoulet and cunning. We had to make do with the recipes, the wine guide, the holidays and the 'Peter Mayle Audio Tape Giveaway'. A complete giveaway, as it turned out. This is a marketing concept dressed up as drama: Le Big Idea de Monsieur Mayle, or La Grande Disillusion.

Now we'll all do it my way

ALL RIGHT, I am now the ruler of the world, so you had better listen carefully to me or you won't know what the new rules are.

BOOK REVIEW / The pavement artist who made it to prime time: More please - Barry Humphries: Viking, pounds 16.99

THE REVELATION that changed Barry Humphries' life came in a school history lesson, given by 'perhaps the most right-wing teacher in Australia'. The schoolboy Humphries popped a copy of Marx on this harridan's desk and sat back to watch the apoplexy. Inevitably, he ended up beaten blacker than a swagman's billy-can, but, stone the consequences, young Barry discovered that 'there was a very special pleasure and excitement to be derived from shocking people'.

Ships save 16 after Indonesia collision

JAKARTA (Reuter) - Indonesia appealed yesterday to ships near a collision on Saturday night between an oil tanker and a container vessel in the Malacca Strait to help search for victims after one body and 16 survivors were recovered.
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