The pair were picked up Norwegian freighter en route for Rotterdam after previous attempts to help them failed

Divers battle to repair stricken tanker

Salvage work was continuing last night on a stricken petrol tanker which collided with another vessel in the Channel, spewing thousands of tonnes of petrol into the sea.

Dutch make big ecstasy haul

Police searching a ship from China found a haul of chemicals capable of producing 30 million ecstasy pills, the biggest such discovery in the country.

Football: Fans' bad behaviour disturbs Rotterdam

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Job cuts likely as P&O and rival merge

Some 1,400 job losses world-wide are in prospect after the shipping operator P&O announced the merger of its container businesses with Dutch rival Royal Nedlloyd to create one of the world's largest container fleets.

This man is the hottest conductor in the world. The critics love him. So why aren't Prom-goers snapping up seats to see him?

Tonight the Berlin Philharmonic plays at the Proms. The performance has been sold out for months. Next week the hottest young conductor in the world, the charismatic Valery Gergiev, brings the Rotterdam Philharmonic to the Proms. It has attracted a larger number of critics than any other concert, but tickets are still available.

Petrol hits pounds 3 a gallon

Petrol has broken the pounds 3 a gallon barrier for the first time - even though retailers are in the midst of a vicious price war. And the gap between cheap and dear fuel has opened up as never before.

Football: England must clip Dutch wings

"We'll be aiming to win," Terry Venables pledged. Well, he would say that, wouldn't he? A more accurate assessment of England's approach to tonight's final group A match with the Netherlands was delivered by Gareth Southgate. "We'll go out looking to win," he said.

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Guildford go in search of medals

Hockey Guildford and Hightown, the English Cup holders, will this weekend be doing battle in the European Cup-winners' competitions in the Netherlands, writes Bill Colwill.

Capriati impresses


BP wields $1bn axe on refinery operations



THE re-urbanization of underused city centres and the rise of 24 hour a day trading practices will be the two biggest trends to hit urban life in the coming five to ten years.

Dutch ravers can mellow out as official tests make Ecstasy 'safe'

Law turns blind eye to drug use as 'gabber' dance craze hits Europe

Liberal Dutch finally get tough on drugs

International pressure has forced new curbs on the cannabis culture, writes Abi Daruvalla in Amsterdam
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