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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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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game