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The US Coast Guard was searching for a Canadian passenger who jumped off a Royal Caribbean Cruises ship as it motored off a remote Puerto Rican island toward the US territory's mainland.

Leading article: EMU

AFTER 18 MONTHS of tip-toeing around EMU, the Government is at last declaring what we all know but the body politic still dare not say: the euro is happening and it is a development from which we cannot afford to stand aside. Yesterday's speech by Gordon Brown, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and last week's comments by Peter Mandelson, the Trade Secretary, go as far as any ministers have yet dared. Britain must now prepare itself for joining.

Storm breaks disaster records

HURRICANE GEORGES, which pummelled the eastern Caribbean, the Florida Keys and other parts of the US last month, could break the record for American Red Cross disaster relief, agency officials said yesterday.

Tornadoes follow in Georges' wake

HURRICANE GEORGES, which had lashed the Gulf coast of the United States in the early hours of Monday, was downgraded to a tropical storm yesterday as its swirling winds dropped below 50mph.

Obituary: Frankie Ruiz

FRANKIE RUIZ made his name singing light romantic Latin music and died of the heavy side of show business: years of cocaine, heroin, methadone and alcohol overuse, and finally, cirrhosis of the liver. Along the way he had grown prematurely into a nickname - "El Papa de la Salsa" ("The Daddy of Salsa") - which had seemed curiously inappropriate when he was only in his mid-thirties. But perhaps it was not so inappropriate, because he started his career as he terminated it, young.

Lord Brocket, alias prisoner HG-1031, freed

SOME TIME this morning, a gaunt figure will walk out of Springhill open prison and emerge blinking into the Buckinghamshire sunshine.

Arts: This charming man

Music: JOSE FELICIANO; JAZZ CAFE, LONDON

US opens door to 51st state - Puerto Rico

ONE HUNDRED years after the United States captured it from Spain, the Spanish- speaking Caribbean island of Puerto Rico may be set to become the 51st state of the United States.

Travel: The winter sun is Canary coloured

In search of good food and a chic tan, Simon Owers set out for Gran Canaria

Obituary: Edwin Rosario

Edwin Rosario, boxer: born San Juan, Puerto Rico 15 March 1963; married (two daughters; marriage dissolved); died Toa Baja, Puerto Rico 1 December 1997.

Golf: England pair finish third

England's Walker Cup amateur golf pairing of Justin Rose and Gary Wolstenholme finished third in the Simon Bolivar Cup international team tournament at Caracas in Venezuela over the weekend.

Microsoft scours world for employees

Bill Gates' Microsoft is set to capitalise on its global dominance with plans to expand its US workforce by 19 per cent through the recruitment of 3,600 people within the next year.

Mothers' days

A MESSAGE FROM GOD IN THE ATOMIC AGE by Irene Vilar, trs Gregory Rabassa Granta pounds 9.99

Hardy is next for Hamed: Boxing

Billy Hardy is the surprise challenger for Naseem Hamed's International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organisation featherweight titles.

Five bid for 2004 Games: Olympic Games

The International Olympic Committee in Lausanne yesterday chose Athens, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Rome and Stockholm as the five candidates to host the 2004 summer Games.

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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

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