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Football / World Cup USA '94: Sacchi seeking Italian show of strength: Trevor Haylett reports from Boston on today's challenge for Roberto Baggio

THEY talk in Boston of Yekini and Amokachi and Oliseh, exotic Nigerian names guaranteed to lift the hearts of supporters the world over. Elsewhere in this delightful city they talk of Roberto Baggio and, with the first mention of his name, comes a dramatic mood change among followers of Italy.

Football / World Cup USA '94: Shame of a nation: Argentina's bad reaction: The loss of Maradona proved too much for his team as they struggled against Bulgaria and finished a surprising third in their group

DIEGO MARADONA began the week expecting to make history. As he left the United States for Argentina yesterday, suspended indefinitely from football for taking a 'cocktail' of five banned substances, he was history.

Football / World Cup USA '94: Maradona's record

DIEGO MARADONA will set a World Cup record when he takes the field for Argentina in their final first-round Group D game against Bulgaria in Dallas tonight.

Football / World Cup USA '94: Bulgaria victorious at last

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Football: World Cup '94: Stoichkov in fitness race

NIGERIA and Bulgaria promise a feast of attacking football when they meet tonight in Dallas in a World Cup match neither dare lose. The group D rivals both believe attack is the best means of overcoming their weakness in defence.

Todor Zhivkov 'seriously ill'

The former Bulgarian dictator, Todor Zhivkov, the last living Soviet-bloc Stalinist leader, was reported seriously ill, AP reports from Sofia. The supreme court suspended a hearing on Zhivkov's appeal for a review of his seven-year jail sentence for embezzlement when he failed to appear. Zhivkov, under house arrest, is confined to bed with high blood pressure and heart disease.

Bunhill: Bulgarian wine promotion

AT LAST week's London Wine Trade Fair, Margarit Todorov was proudly displaying the Royal Warrant he (yes, he) had obtained from King Simeon of Bulgaria in the hope of promoting Bulgarian wines into the serious winebore league.

Travel: A new dawning in the East: As the West wakes up to the joys of Eastern Europe, Simon Calder seeks out little-known delights

Checkpoint Charlie at dawn was a rather more exciting gateway to Eastern Europe than Victoria Coach Station is today. On an icy January morning in 1989, the main entrance to the Eastern bloc was cloaked in exactly the right mix of intrigue: swirling mist, stern barriers and sterner guards, watching every step as you crossed no man's land. The colour of your passport decided whether or not you would be free to return.

Bulgarian confidence vote

Bulgaria's government survived its fifth no-confidence vote, tabled by the anti-Communist opposition protesting at the growth of organised crime in the country, Reuter reports from Sofia.

Zhivkov delay

Bulgarian judicial officials put off sending the ousted Communist dictator Todor Zhivkov to jail yesterday to serve a seven-year sentence for embezzlement, citing the 82-year-old former leader's poor health, Reuter reports from Sofia. Sentencing was delayed for two months.

Zhivkov lawyers have Sofia in a spin: Bulgaria's ageing former Communist dictator, who was sentenced to seven years for embezzlement, has enjoyed a revival in popularity of late that could still keep him out of prison, writes Adrian Bridge

NOT FOR the first time in his long career, Todor Zhivkov, Bulgaria's former Communist dictator, may be able to wriggle out of a tricky situation: an order for his arrest and jailing for seven years by decree of the country's Supreme Court.

Zhivkov 'ready for life behind bars'

SOFIA (Reuter) - Bulgaria's former Communist dictator, Todor Zhivkov, is to go to jail after the supreme court rejected his appeal against a seven-year sentence for embezzlement, BTA news agency said.

Germany bans ranting Zhirinovsky

THE leader of Russia's far-right Liberal Democrats, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, was yesterday banned from entering Germany in what was officially described as a rare move. His request for a visa was rejected because his presence could 'damage state interests'. Bonn is embarrassed by the friendly relations between Mr Zhirinovsky and Gerhard Frey, leader of the far-right German People's Union, and does not wish the friendship to flourish.
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