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Stagecoach in Scandinavian bus takeover

Stagecoach, fresh from announcing record profits earlier this week, yesterday said it was in the final stages of taking control of Swebus AB, the largest bus company in the Nordic region.

Croatia gets cold shoulder for human rights abuses

Parliamentarians from across Europe warned Croatia yesterday that it must clean up its record on democracy and human rights if it wants to join the Council of Europe, the continent's leading organisation for promoting political and civil liberties. The council's parliamentary assembly, grouping representatives from 39 countries, passed a resolution that criticised Croatia's right-wing nationalist government for taking repressive measures against the media and for not co- operating with the United Nations war crimes tribunal for former Yugoslavia.

Copenhagen - A Hell's Angels club house burns after being hit by an ant i-tank missile

Copenhagen - A Hell's Angels club house burns after being hit by an anti-tank missile yesterday in the latest round of a vicious turf war. A second missile later slammed into the premises of an allied motor-cycle gang.

LEADING ARTICLE: Making Blair a green populist

Question: what is the most exciting form of popular politics that as yet has no home in the heart of our political process, Westminster.

Outrage at Stoltenberg's 'Serb' gaffe

Bosnia's Muslim-led government yesterday called into question the impartiality of the United Nations mediator, Thorvald Stoltenberg, after he said Bosnia's Muslims and Croats were really Serbs.

Mandela halts warship deal

Cape Town - President Nelson Mandela put plans to buy four warships from Britain or Spain on hold, saying his government would examine afresh whether they were needed.

Travel result lifts Hogg Robinson

Hogg Robinson cheered worried shareholders with results that proved better than the City's gloomy predictions and the announcement of an acquisition for its travel company.

Intrum banks on EC rules

Intrum Justitia, Europe's largest debt collection company, is banking on new European rules on late payments to drive its growth over the next few years.

Electrolux turns profit of 8% on growing demand for white goods

Evidence of an upturn in consumer demand in Europe came from Sweden's Electrolux, the white goods' manufacturer, who reported a strong increase in profits for the year to the end of 1994.

Intrum takes new bearings: Debt collector looks forward to penalties from Brussels for late payment

EUROPEAN Commission proposals to penalise late payers of bills would be highly beneficial to Intrum Justitia's business if approved by member governments, Bo Goranson, chairman, said.

Interpreters have the last laugh

IF YOU speak fluent Finnish, Swedish, Greek and English and a smattering of German, the European Commission in Brussels probably has a job for you.

Hurd pledges help for Baltics

DOUGLAS HURD, the Foreign Secretary, yesterday delighted the leaders of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia by declaring that Britain would help to train and equip a peace-keeping battalion in the Baltic states.

France calls for air strikes in Bosnia: Resistance from Britain and US could splinter Western alliance

FRANCE yesterday called for Nato to carry out air strikes in Bosnia, raising the pressure for a shift in Western policy.

S&P blames rules for banks' woes: Downgradings will not be reversed quickly because of structural changes

INTERNATIONAL regulations to raise the amount of capital held by banks were blamed yesterday by the credit rating agency Standard and Poor's for encouraging loss-making lending during the 1980s.

BOOK REVIEW / Fascinating theories of laughter and forgetting: World changes in divorce patterns - William J Goode: Yale, pounds 27.50

THE LORD CHANCELLOR's announcement of the Green Paper on divorce legislation should intensify demand for this fascinating book on cross-cultural trends in divorce. William J Goode is that rare bird, a sociologist who adventures beyond his statistics and chances his arm with speculation about What it all Means. Twenty years ago he wrote a book on world changes in family patterns which is still worth reading. Now he gives us the fruit of long labours in amassing and comparing divorce customs from Mecca to Manchester, Tokyo to Tennessee.
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