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Jewel thief's escape

Ray Jones, 77, of Nantyglo, Gwent, a cat burglar who confessed to stealing pounds 185,000 of jewels from the film star Sophia Loren 34 years ago has escaped prosecution because of lack of evidence.

Sophia's jewels

DETECTIVES investigating the theft of Sophia Loren's jewels nearly 34 years ago have arrested Ray Jones, 77, from Nantyglo, Gwent, Wales, who is also known as The Cat. The jewels, worth pounds 185,000, were stolen in May 1960 from Miss Loren's hotel bedroom while she was filming The Millionairess at Elstree Studios, Herts.

Film stars steal the show from Lacroix

THESE are the clothes that no one saw because they were all too busy watching the movie stars playing at being fashion editors and photographers in the front row.

People: Menem Jnr has brush with Senor Plod

ARGENTINA'S President, Carlos Menem, was hoping for some peace in Punta del Este, Uruguay - a summer playground for rich Argentines - but the tranquillity was shaken by his son, Carlos Facundo Menem Yoma, 25, whose antics led to a spot of bother with police. Carlitos and a posse of his bodyguards were clapped in jail for two days after a photographer for the Argentine gossip magazine Gente accused them of beating him and stealing his camera at a discotheque.

The Mouth from the South: Alessandra Mussolini, the granddaughter of il Duce, is wooing Naples for the neo-Fascists. The rest of Italy is less enchanted. Her policies are unclear, but her oratory is absolutely fascinating

ALESSANDRA MUSSOLINI escapes from the evening drizzle into an apartment in the old quarter of Naples. She has been out meeting the people - old men and women who pinch her cheeks and offer advice. Her blonde perm with its dark roots has grown bedraggled and wet, but never mind. Mussolini knows that schmoozing the voters is something that must be done.

Dear Chelsea Clinton: The next time they make their feeble jokes about you, just remember that the First Daughter always has the last laugh.

This year has been a bummer for one member of the Clinton family, and I think we all know who it is.

Maestro of exquisite minimalism

BEIGE, TAUPE, chocolate; waterfall lapels of the softest suede; layer upon layer of sheer chiffon and sequined fabric costing at least pounds 400 a yard. The collection? Giorgio Armani. The clothes? As good as ever - grown up, superbly cut, fluid and flattering.

Notebook: Bastards

THIS WEEK, you will know, is National Condom Week. A good time to consider the contribution of bastards to world civilisation. Leonardo da Vinci, for one. Erasmus, Boccaccio, Wagner, Cezanne, Strindberg, Dumas. Lawrence of Arabia. John Lennon and three British prime ministers: Walpole, Melbourne and Ramsay MacDonald. Sophia Loren. Food for thought; or, as the taxi driver once said to the famous philosopher, 'So what's it all about then, Bertrand?'

Obituary: Jean Negulesco

Jean Negulesco, film director: born Craiova, Romania 29 February 1900; died Marbella 18 July 1993.

People: Lucette speaks up for Third World

THE NEW French humanitarian affairs minister has wasted little time in attacking her popular predecessor, Bernard Kouchner, for a 'colonising and paternalistic' attitude towards the Third World.

Watching for something to believe in

IT IS two o'clock in the morning, drizzling and cold: another night at the barricades for the hardest of Boris Yeltsin's hard-core foes. Encamped on muddy ground at the back of the Russian parliament building, they have two spluttering campfires, one bottle of cheap vodka (nearly empty) and a guitar (out of tune).

FILM / The Hollywood home movie show: The appearance of Depardieu pere et fils in Tous Les Matins du Mondes continues a long and occasionally dishonourable film tradition. John Lyttle uproots a family tree of sibling rivalries

TWO well-worn routes to film fame: the casting couch and the crib. Both involve a lot of lying about on your back and playing dumb while people loom over you making silly faces, but the crib leaves you with your virtue intact. And if Daddy isn't about to buy you a mockingbird, then he should at least arrange a screen test, shouldn't he?

Pawns forced to play Bobby's bizarre game

BOBBY FISCHER is not a difficult man to deal with. You just ask him what he wants and then move heaven, earth, chessboards and lavatory seats to make sure that he gets it.
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