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A Jamaican trade representative replies to the US ambassador to the WTO

Crack trade grips Caribbean

THERE IS a place on the tiny Caribbean island of St Lucia where even the police, let alone tourists, fear to tread.

Small islands watch helplessly as their green gold is devalued by vengeful US

THE PEOPLE of this little Caribbean island have always been a little confused. They are the first to admit it. Since an Italian named Columbus discovered the island on behalf of Spain but moved on, its inhabitants have been seven times under French rule, seven times British. For the past 20 years, they have been very much independent, though they still speak a French patois while driving on the British side of the road.

From St Lucia to Scotland, jobs are put at risk in banana war

"HOW DO you tell people that a thousand jobs might be lost over a bunch of bananas?" asked Rony Rathie, production manager of Johnstons, a cashmere knitwear factory in the Scottish borders town of Hawick, as news of the "banana war" emerged yesterday.

Leading Article: Our moral duty to the Caribbean nations

ALMOST UNNOTICED, a major trade war is threatening to break out between Europe and the US. Because the dispute concerns the humble banana, it seems difficult to take the subject seriously; media coverage of impending American sanctions has been sparse, to say the least. This is misguided in the extreme.

Pictures of the year

From the horror of war to the simple pleasures of family holidays, this newspaper was home to the distinctive images of the past 12 months. Here, on the next four pages, are some of the most striking

The sunday poem 5. Derek Walcott

Every week Ruth Padel discusses a contemporary poet through an example of their work

Shopping: If I Win The Lottery Tonight... Ian McCaskill Pantomime Villain Formerly Known As The Weatherman

IT'S DIFFICULT to say what I'd do if I won the lottery because I don't do it. I'm too mean and I understand about probabilities and I don't want to win pounds 10 - pounds 10 is more trouble than it's worth.

Drug boss guilty in Guerin killing

ONE OF the five "managers" of a Dublin-based international drugs gang was yesterday jailed for life for the murder of the Irish crime journalist Veronica Guerin in June 1996.

Is it safe to follow in the wake of Mitch and Georges?

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Books: Whispers of immortality

The Books Interview; Derek Walcott, friend of Ted Hughes and fellow bard, tells Paula Burnett about myth and memory

Rugby Union: Leonard reclaims place in the sun

England's mileage man needed to refuel in the Caribbean to revive his hunger for future battles

'Exclusive' resorts turn St Lucia into a place of us and them

Luxury developments from which local people are excluded have unhappy consequences, says David Allsop. But Alice Charles, whose family is from the island, believes it is still a special place

ESTABLISHMENT BARD TOPS LIST

ANDREW MOTION is emerging as front-runner to succeed Ted Hughes as Poet Laureate, writes Marguerite Jones. The biographer of Keats, prolific poet and professor of creative writing at East Anglia is seen as an Establishment figure who would be highly acceptable for the job.

In 25m years it'll be like Club Med

Dominica is one of the few Caribbean islands to have escaped the invasion of holiday-makers. Now its natural beauty is attracting a new kind of visitor - the eco-tourist.
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Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

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Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

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Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
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Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

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Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy: Was the otter man the wildlife champion he appeared to be?

Otter man Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy

The aristocrat's eccentric devotion to his pets inspired a generation. But our greatest living nature writer believes his legacy has been quite toxic
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Joanna Rowsell: 'I wear my wig to look normal'

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The Open 2014

Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?