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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

European round-up

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.

European joy for Cullen

Hockey

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

Tennis

BP wields $1bn axe on refinery operations

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THE 21ST CENTURY: URBAN LIFE

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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Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs:

Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
Lyricist Richard Thomas shares his 11-step recipe for creating a hit West End musical

11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
10 best tablets

The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

They’re thin, they’re light, you can use them for work on the move or keeping entertained
Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain