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Pioneer TVs return to Europe

Premature death is the British way

A CHILD born today in the United Kingdom faces a higher risk of succumbing to death and disease before attaining old age than one born almost anywhere else in Europe, doctors' leaders said yesterday.

RMC may enter pounds 1bn bid battle for Scancem

RMC, the building materials group, is considering entering a pounds 1bn- plus bid battle for Scancem, the Scandinavian rival that owns Castle Cement, the UK's second-biggest cement producer.

Britain pledges troops for Timor peace-keeping force

BRITAIN HAS offered to send troops and money to East Timor for a United Nations-sponsored peace-keeping force. The troops would be deployed in the event of an Indonesian withdrawal, which might take place by the end of this year.

US to join Nato force in Kosovo

AS PRESSURE intensified on Yugoslavia to send delegates to the Kosovo peace talks, which are due to start near Paris on Saturday, Nato countries were yesterday working out details of a peace-keeping force, of between 20,000 and 30,000 men, including a small, but significant, US contingent.

Travel: Where they dream of losing by fewer than 10 goals

The Faroe Islanders are obsessed by football (as well as sheep). They played their first international in 1990, and have never looked back since.

Britain 14th in health league

THE UNITED Kingdom ranks a sickly 14th in Europe's new table of the healthiest countries, beaten not only by the Nordic countries but by the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Greece and Slovenia.

Football: The Global Game

World Cup Around the World

Britain's radioactive lobsters upset Norway

NUCLEAR waste from Sellafield is polluting Scandinavian lobsters, shrimps and mussels 500 miles away, Nordic ministers have told the British government.

Thomson Travel set to make pounds 1.5bn market debut

THOMSON Travel, the UK's largest tour operator and owner of Lunn Poly travel agent chain, yesterday confirmed plans to come to the stock market, in what would be the biggest flotation of the year so far.

Football: England anticipate

Pete Davies says the national women's team are planning well ahead

Fotball: England take long-term view

Pete Davies says the national women's team are planning well ahead

CLASSICAL: From camp-fire to concert-hall

Accordionists James Crabb and Geir Draugsvoll are determined to give the old squeeze-box a whole new repertoire. By Robert Cowan

Employment: British women more likely to work

British women are more likely to have jobs than most of their European counterparts, according to new figures.

The Angels get a rocket from Hell

A biker's war simmering across Northern Europe between two rival gangs exploded into full-scale conflict yesterday when two people at a Hell's Angels party were killed by an anti-tank grenade.

Stagecoach seals pounds 230m takeover of Swebus

Stagecoach, the acquisitive and aggressive bus and rail operator, yesterday served notice that it planned to expand further into Europe as it sealed the pounds 230m takeover of the state-owned Swedish bus group Swebus.
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