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Clinton pleads for delay in sex case

In a precedent-setting case, lawyers for the former Arkansas state employee Paula Corbin Jones yesterday urged the US Supreme Court to compel President Bill Clinton to answer while in office the sexual- harassment lawsuit she has brought against him.

New Thai PM in a hurry

Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, a former army commander, was sworn in as prime minister, just in time for a state visit by President Bill Clinton. He took the oath of office at home, a sign of rushed formalities aimed at ensuring he meets Mr Clinton during the first state visit by a US leader since Richard Nixon's in 1969. Mr Chavalit's New Aspiration Party won most seats in elections to the House of Representatives on 17 November and he formed a coalition of 221 seats in the 393-member chamber.

Letter: Women don't vote for looks Beware foolish assumptions

I am as irritated as Geraldine Curtis by the assumption that women vote for men on their looks (Letters, 17 November). Women vote for the party which appears to accommodate their needs the best - or, as has been the case, the least worst. Why else, in the presidential election of 1960, would more women in America have voted for an ill-at- ease, pallid, balding and unshaven Richard Nixon than for the handsome, hirsute, confident, athletic Jack Kennedy?

THE US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS: Dole faces disappointment as he gambles on the Golden State

Here, in a terraced garden shaded by palms and perfumed by roses, Bob Dole's mentor lies at peace at last. Richard Nixon's grave is just a few feet from the white-painted house which his father built with his own hands in 1912, and where the 37th president was born a year later. Today it is part of the Nixon Library and Museum. There, visitors may re-live that extraordinary career, and listen to the gravelly Nixon voice expounding his political philosophy.

Whitewater close to engulfing First Lady

A president coasts towards re-election, his country unmoved by the scandal which dogs him. Defensive and resentful, he accuses the special prosecutor probing the affair of being "out to get him." But controversy refuses to die, and almost every week, it seems, brings a new embarrassing development. That is what happened in 1972. And, even some Democrats now fear, history may be repeating itself in 1996.

Stormy past of the Windy City

In 1968, the Democrats convened in Chicago, which rapidly took on the appearance of a battle zone. This year, they're braving it again. Godfrey Hodgson looks back

ARTS: FILM 1: Travels with my angst

Though 'Nixon' is up for four Oscars, its director has been accused of everything from inaccuracy to dying his hair. Sheila Johnston meets an unbowed Oliver Stone

Nixon's flaws pay off in the end Flawed Nixon stamp nets $16,000

If ever you buy a stamp from the post office with a misprint on it, do not complain and, above all, do not exchange it for a pristine one, writes David Usborne. You might discover that your stamp is worth a little more than you paid for it.

FIRST ENCOUNTERS: When Richard Nixon met Madame Mao

Jiang Qing was not pleased that in this matter of inviting the president of the United States to visit China, her opposition had been overruled. She disapproved of her husband's rapprochement with the American Imperialist Devil. True, as a young actress in Shanghai in the Thirties, she had adored Hollywood films, copied Garbo in her dress, worn make-up and adopted high heels, which posed problems, because her feet had been bound when she was a child. She had struggled against that bourgeois past ever since. Not to mention the bourgeois present - during the Cultural Revolution she had repeated vilified America. Here she was now, on a cold evening in February 1972, ushering into the Great Hall of the People (5,000 of them in attendance) President and Mrs Nixon.

Nixon refuses to lie down and die

He may not be the Christmas present most Americans would ask for. But, for the umpteenth time in a career now stretching beyond the grave, Richard Nixon is back. Turn which way you will this festive season: there is no escaping the disgraced, reviled, but endlessly fascinating 37th President.

Pete warms up for his White House run

Governor Wilson rides back into favour by exploiting California's right-wing backlash One question haunts today's Republicans: was the late Richard Nixon right?

All lonely for Richard Nixon : BOOKS : AMERICA

BETTER THAN SEX by Hunter S Thompson, Doubleday £15.99

ART / A giant leap for mankind, a tiny step for art: The moon inspired artists for centuries, but then, 25 years ago today, man went and put his foot in it.

Asked by the press corps to give his opinion on the moon landings, Wernher Von Braun replied, 'I think it is equal in significance to that moment in evolution when aquatic life came crawling up on the land.' Well, every proud father is entitled to say a few daft things about his baby, but in July 1969 very few people were feeling cynical enough to jeer at Von Braun's hyperbole; in fact, most of the attendant journalists cheered his words. Yet that cheer did not find any rousing echo in the sublunary world of the arts.

BOOK REVIEW / Slow shuffle down a dark and shady path: 'Watergate: The Corruption and Fall of Richard Nixon' - Fred Emery: Cape, 20 pounds

THERE is an unfortunate tendency in the writing of history to reduce the lives of historically significant people to readily identifiable events with which they were linked. Such compression makes the sprawl of human events orderly, it makes history manageable. The more controversial the event, the more compressed the life associated with it often becomes. There is, of course, a fundamental unfairness to this tendency; this is especially true of Richard Nixon and Watergate.
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