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Stefan Velkov is training at Carrington in hope of securing a deal

France '98: A Team By Team Guide

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Bulgaria's exiled king scores a palace coup

IN AN extraordinary ruling - that will have Europe's other ex- royals salivating with envy - Bulgaria's High Court yesterday handed back to the exiled heir to the throne all the former dynasty's property.

Europe: Grave Yeltsin appears on television

President Boris Yeltsin appeared on Russian television yesterday a day after going down with an acute viral infection and being ordered by his doctors to rest.

Travel: 48 hours in ... Istanbul

You need a break - and a short cut to the soul of a city. Each week, `The Independent' provides a prescription for the perfect weekend break. This week, Claire Gervat and Simon Calder spend 48 hours in Turkey's largest city.

Weather Watch: As a guide for holiday packing, the world weather figures may be inadequate. Especially for travellers to Bulgaria.

A few months ago, a reader rang this newspaper to ask about the weather somewhere in North Africa. He was about to travel there, and had to decide what clothes to pack. The problem was that the temperatures quoted for the relevant city in our newspaper were almost 20 degrees different from those of some other papers.

Book review / France through a glass, lightly; The End of the Line by Richard Cobb, John Murray, pounds 20

Euan Cameron salutes the historian who found magic in the back streets

Opposition unite in Bulgaria

Bulgaria's Union of Democratic Forces (UDF) opposition set themselves up to win general elections in April by becoming a single party, while the country's interim cabinet took the first steps towards containing economic chaos.

Bulgarian leaders agree poll

Bulgaria's ex-communist rulers bowed to 30 days of mass protests, agreeing to elections by 20 April, but President Petar Stoyanov warned that a political settlement would not ease the economic crisis. Thousands of opposition supporters turned road blocks into street parties, celebrating late into the night, despite sub-zero temperatures.

New president for Bulgaria

Tens of thousands rallied nationwide in support of President Petar Stoyanov, who was sworn in as Bulgaria's second democratically elected president.

Serb protesters scent victory as Sofia hits crisis

President Slobodan Milosevic of Serbia yesterday caved in to the demands of demonstrators who have thronged the streets of Belgrade and other cities for the past seven-and-a-half weeks as his government promised that the results of last November's municipal elections would be fully respected.

Eastern winters of content

Bratislava and Sofia are still thawing from the Cold War. By Simon Calder

Wild in Dhaka, sleepy in Sofia

Continuing our series on investment opportunities in the world's emerging markets, Liam Robb looks at four more countries and considers whether they are likely to deliver good returns to shrewd speculators

Obituary: Andrei Lukanov

Andrei Lukanov, assassinated in Sofia on Wednesday, was a representative member of the lost generation of Communist leaders who attempted to free their countries of totalitarianism whilst retaining the basic structures of socialism.
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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment