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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.

Haiti warned invasion is near

KINGSTON (Reuter) - The United States and Caribbean nations said yesterday that they were 'moving briskly' in the direction of a military invasion of Haiti and a US-led force would begin training in Puerto Rico.

Golf: Scots are deprived of No 1

COLIN MONTGOMERIE, No 1 in Europe again after winning the Murphy's English Open on Sunday, will not be playing for Scotland in the World Cup in Puerto Rico in November.

Sporting Digest: Basketball:

Men's semi-finals: Italy 81 United States 72; Puerto Rico 69 Russia 65. Play-offs: Brazil 101 China 52; Argentina 85 Croatia 80.

Olympics: Early birds enter race for 2004 Games

Three cities have expressed an interest in hosting the 2004 Summer Games, more than three years before the final choice is made. Juan Antonio Samaranch, president of the IOC, said Istanbul, which bid against Sydney for the 2000 Olympics, was in the running as were San Juan, Puerto Rico and Cape Town, South Africa. The deadline for bids is 10 January 1996, with the decision set for September 1997.

Merthyr's mine of ring tales

PEOPLE who have never spoken to men like Eddie Thomas will never understand what it is that makes boxing such a fascinating sport.

Obituary: Professor Leopold Kohr

Leopold Kohr, philosopher and urbanist: born Oberndorf, Austria 5 October 1909; lecturer and assistant professor of economics, Rutgers University 1946- 54; associate professor of economics and public administration, University of Puerto Rico, 1955-59, professor 1960-73; tutor, Department of Extra- mural Studies, University of Wales (Aberystwyth) 1968-72, senior tutor 1973-77; died Gloucester 26 February 1994.

Boxing: Randall ends the reign of Chavez

AFTER 14 years and 89 victories, Mexico's Julio Cesar Chavez, one of the greatest fighters ever, had just one goal left - retirement in two years with 100 victories without a defeat.

Food and Drink: Give me plain home cooking, not foreign stuff

There must have been something terribly irritating in the relatively blank map of Africa that sent 19th-century explorers up and down the Limpopo, trekking from Addis to Asmara and checking out the sources of the Nile. It has not exactly been proved that we are better off for knowing about some of the alien places these travellers put on the map, but we did get a vivid sense of the exotic, of what is not us, and this may be salutary for the smug and egocentric.

Puerto Rico vote

SAN JUAN - Supporters of continued US commonwealth status for Puerto Rico prevailed at the polls yesterday over those who wanted statehood, AP reports.

Puerto Rico votes on status

Puerto Ricans vote tomorrow in a non-binding referendum on whether the Caribbean island should stay a US commonwealth, become the 51st state or become independent, AFP reports from San Juan.

People in glass houses don't discuss sex: They had parties, TV and toilets, but no way out. Sally Silverstone tells Phil Reeves about her two years in a giant greenhouse

Most employers would put Sally Silverstone's curriculum vitae in the 'oddball' file. It begins in a fairly orthodox fashion: school in London; university at Sheffield; voluntary work overseas. But then you read that she has spent two years living in a gigantic greenhouse in the desert, isolated from the outside world.

Athletics: Sotomayor's world record

JAVIER SOTOMAYOR, the Olympic champion, broke his own world high jump record at an international meeting in Salamanca, Spain, yesterday. Sotomayor cleared 2.45 metres at the second attempt to better the mark he set in Puerto Rico four years ago by one centimetre.

Boxing: McKenzie's rule ends: World champion fights to the finish

THE substantial pay-days which have so far eluded Duke McKenzie receded further when he lost his World Boxing Organisation super-bantamweight title against Puerto Rico's Daniel Jimenez at London's Lewisham Theatre last night, writes Nick Halling.

FOOD / Moments of perfect ripeness

AS AN evil blizzard developed up north, I spent last week in Puerto Rico, la isla de encanto as the locals call it - the island of enchantment. It is indeed beautiful, and I first went there about 35 years ago. I had been to Cuba before, and been gastronomically awakened by the experience, but this was my first prolonged contact with that branch of Hispanic cooking which is represented by the merging of old country techniques, potent African influences and New World raw materials.

Boxing: Hodkinson's hope

Paul Hodkinson makes a rare appearance in London when he defends his World Boxing Council featherweight title against Ricardo Cepeda, of Puerto Rico, at the National Hall, Olympia, tonight, writes Nick Halling.
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