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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.

Ice Hockey: Gretzky equals goals record

WAYNE GRETZKY equalled Gordie Howe's NHL goalscoring record of 801 by netting twice in San Jose on Sunday as the Los Angeles Kings drew 6-6 with the San Jose Sharks.

Corrupted message of billboard romantics

IF ANYONE ever doubted the wisdom of Robert Graves' description of love as a 'universal migraine', they need look no farther this St Valentine's Day than the experience of two men from California.

Costa Rica victory

Costa Rica's ruling party candidate late on Sunday conceded defeat in the presidential election to the opposition candidate Jose Maria Figueres, AP reports from San Jose.

Costa Rica picks a leader

Costa Rica went to the polls to elect a president yesterday after a very close campaign, AP reports from San Jose. The opposition candidate, Jose Maria Figueres, has vowed to modernise the welfare state created by his late father, the former president Jose 'Pepe' Figueres. But the National Liberation Party candidate faces a formidable adversary in Miguel Angel Rodriguez of the ruling Social Christian Unity Party.

Pembroke: Out from the bonnet and back to broking

TIM HOLLAND-BOSWORTH, an ex-director of Kleinwort Benson who retired in August after 25 years with the firm, has hauled himself off the sofa to take a job at Henderson Crosthwaite.

TELEVISION / Turn on, drop off: Andy Gill tunes in to the Sixties

As if there weren't already enough repeats littering the schedules at this time of year, Bank Holiday Monday was deemed by BBC2 to be One Day In The Sixties. What this meant was 13 hours of huge floppy collars, 'with-it' typefaces and wanton permissiveness - or rather, talk about wanton permissiveness, the Sixties generally being the decade that went in desperate search of fun, in order that its less fun members might indulge themselves in bouts of furious public hand-wringing.

Management: Teleworking will widen wages gap

DAVID REIM, president of Simstar Inc, is 'an entrepreneur of the Nineties', writes journalist Steve Kaufman in the San Jose Mercury News. 'Working with four Macintoshes in the bedroom of his Sunnyvale (California) apartment, he is building a company that makes interactive multimedia software for health-care patients.'

Sumo: American dream for Akebono

AKEBONO, the grand champion, made a successful first competitive appearance in his native United States when he defeated Takanohana in the final of a two-day basho in San Jose on Saturday.

BOOK REVIEW / Getting their kicks on Route 66: 'Coast to Coast: A Rock Fan's US Tour' - Andy Bull, Black Swan 5.99 pounds; 'American Heartbeat: Travels from Woodstock to San Jose by Song Title' - Mick Brown: Michael Joseph, 15.99 pounds

READING these two travel books predicated on the same conceit, I was cynically - and perhaps unfairly - reminded of the Christopher Logue quip: 'When all else fails - try Wales'. This could usefully be adapted to 'In search of esoterica? Try America', for the English response to the new-found land is invariably that of the 'Golly] Gee-whiz]' variety, a bizarre inversion of the Burberry-clad chorus that descends on our own scepter'd isle for the summer months.

Court kidnappers suffer liver failure: Ex-policeman wanted money for surgery

TAKING 18 Costa Rican Supreme Court judges hostage in the capital, San Jose, last Monday, 'Charlie' and 'the Panther' said they were part of a Colombian 'Death Commando'.

Siege ends

Costa Rican police captured a five-man kidnap gang and rescued the 18 Supreme Court justices and five court employees held hostage for three days, officials said, Reuter reports from San Jose. All 23 hostages were released and the kidnappers seized when they reached San Jose's international airport, from where they had planned to fly to safety.

'Ex-police in kidnap gang'

The 'Death Command' gang holding 18 judges and five other hostages at Costa Rica's Supreme Court includes at least two former members of the court police force, the Interior Minister, Luis Fishman, said, Reuter reports from San Jose. Costa Rican security forces closed a tight net around the gang of kidnappers yesterday, preparing to use force if necessary to free 18 Supreme Court justices and five other people held captive for two days, officials said. In response, the gang set free two of their hostages for three hours to take a message to Interior Ministry officials.

Judges held captive in Costa Rica

SAN JOSE (AFP) - Armed assailants seized Costa Rica's Supreme Court building yesterday, taking 20 judges hostage, including the Chief Justice.

Soft porn magazines join computer revolution

PENTHOUSE and Playboy are entering the computer age. And they are not alone. Compact discs, coded so that computers can read them, are on sale in the US containing hard core pornography, but it is the entry into the market of the two mainstream soft porn companies that is causing a stir.

Kidnappers leave embassy

Kidnappers who stormed the Nicaraguan embassy in Costa Rica on 8 March freed the last of their 25 hostages unharmed early yesterday in return for a ransom and safe passage, Reuter reports from San Jose. The remaining 10 hostages were released after the kidnappers and Nicaraguan government negotiators agreed on an unspecified ransom and safe passage out of Costa Rica.
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