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A Briton, his Filipino partner and their three-year-old daughter are feared to have been killed when Typhoon Haiyan tore through the city of Tacloban.

Film Studies: Time will be kind to Bresson and to all his works

`Time always works for Bresson," wrote Francois Truffaut in 1956, as he tried to come to terms with A Man Escaped. He meant that if you look at the work again, or later, so its packed simplicity relaxes - like a bud opening, or a face smiling. He was making the sort of claim, that if not everyone gets it, or understands it - the great secret - yet, surely, a time will come. It's like saying that Robert Bresson was ahead of his time. It was also an admission that things said on his behalf were not sufficient. Truffaut regretted that, only a few months before, he had written: "Bresson's theories are always fascinating but they are so personal that they fit only him. The future existence of a `Bresson school' would shake even his most optimistic observers. A conception of cinema that is so theoretical, mathematical, musical, and above all ascetic could not give rise to a general insight."

Focus: Silicon valleys breed plastic lifestyles

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Crack victims sue CIA for damages

DONNA WARREN lives with the scars of America's crack cocaine epidemic every day of her life. Not only has she seen her neighbourhood, South Central Los Angeles, turn from a cohesive African-American suburb into a gang-ravaged wasteland of slums and failed businesses, but she saw her own son, Joey, go through 12 years of addiction before witnessing his murder in the family living-room.

California outlaws the Pepsi-sponsored schoolday

IF YOU are planning to send your children to school in San Jose, California over the next 10 years, you had better make sure they like Pepsi. The school district there has just signed a deal making the Pepsi- Cola company the exclusive fizzy drink vendor for its schools. The deal is worth $3.5m (pounds 2.3m) to the district, and even more if the kids drink up.

Football: Gough still playing it for old-timers' sake

Nick Townsend talks to a veteran recruit as Goodison ship is rocked

To begin with, it was quite absurd...

WHAT IS the worst opening in the canon of English literature? The academics who run the English department at San Jose State University have no doubt about it. It's the first line of a novel called Paul Clifford, published in 1830, and it goes like this:

The Knack: How to pen a lyric by Hal David

KNOWING WHAT you want to say has to come first. Occasionally - for example, when Burt Bacharach played me the music to "Do you Know the Way to San Jose" - the melody might suggest a title. But you still have to decide what you want to say with it, come up with a story and go back and tell it.

Tennis: Henman's top five incentive

THE KEY BISCAYNE tournament began its 15th and final run as the Lipton Championships yesterday before connecting to a new sponsor, Ericsson. It is not often that a commercial link is severed with sentimentality, but the Lipton has been everybody's cup of tea, bringing together the men's and women's tours for one of the most successful events outside the four Grand Slams.

Tennis: Henman fends off Rusedski

TIM HENMAN recorded his fourth victory in six encounters with his fellow Briton when he beat Greg Rusedski 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in the quarter- finals of the Champions Cup here yesterday.

Tennis: Obscene Agassi defaulted

ON A tumultuous day at the Sybase Open in San Jose, California, Andre Agassi was defaulted, while Michael Chang advanced to the quarter- finals with a 6-4, 7-6 victory over the Argentinian Franco Squillari.

Obituary: Jose Cardoso Pires

JOSE CARDOSO Pires was a best-selling Portuguese writer, some of whose novels were translated into as many as 16 languages, including English.

Football: Arena wields axe to chop the old guard

BRUCE ARENA fulfilled his promise to immediately rebuild the US national team with young Major League Soccer players yesterday, selecting nine debutants in his squad for the friendly against Australia on 6 November.

Silicon Valley put to the test

Despite the job cuts, the hi-tech capital expects to beat the downturn, says Hilary Clarke

Tennis: Old star reborn with grand desire

THE PLAYER himself could not quite believe how brilliantly he had performed; 6-0 6-0 in 34 minutes. He used the phrases "pretty well", "really well" and "extremely well" all in the same sentence to sum up that performance.
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Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

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Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible