England ease to victory but Ryan demands more

Ben Ryan believes England must improve quickly if they are to win a fifth Hong Kong Sevens title in seven years.

Wenger: defeat is unthinkable, and so is playing badly

Oh what a feast, oh what a tasty delight, oh what - given the presence of the Swede Henrik Larsson - a smorgasbord. Today Arsenal face Manchester United for the 200th time in a competitive match and, for Arsène Wenger, the ingredients have all been gathered for what should be a classic encounter. A signature dish, if you like.

Around the World's Markets: Taipei

THE MARKET powered 3 per cent ahead yesterday to claw back much of the ground lost in a selloff blamed on reports of nearby naval exercises by China.

Money burns on island of the dead

Taiwan's people have united to help those who survived the earthquake - and those who didn't, writes David Usborne

Taiwan Earthquake: Gawpers stop and stare at a tragedy that is yet unfinished

NOBODY WHO lives in Taiwan is allowed ever to ignore the power of the Earth. Tremors jolt the island almost monthly but rarely cause great damage. Their epicentres are usually to the east, in the Pacific, and for decades buildings have been designed to prevent them tumbling down. But yesterday, at 1.47am, a different kind of shaking began.

Taiwan Earthquake: 5,000 feared dead as aftershocks rip through Taiwan

UP TO 5,000 people were feared dead yesterday after the most powerful earthquake to hit the island of Taiwan in decades crumpled buildings while the population slept.

Powerful quake hits Taiwan and kills at least 64

EARTHQUAKE Hundreds trapped in fallen buildings when tremors stronger than last month's in Turkey hit the capital and threaten tidal waves

US blocks arms sales after Taiwan's sabre-rattling

THREATS BY the United States to delay or cancel defence shipments to Taiwan may have prompted Taipei to retreat from a contentious claim to statehood 10 days ago.

Leading Article: One Chinese nation, two feuding states

TENSION HAS been rising in East Asia following remarks made by Taiwan's President, Lee Teng-hui, that China should in future deal with Taipei on a "state-to-state" basis. This would seem to revive the thought, heretical to mainland China, that Taiwan might eventually declare itself a separate country. And yesterday Taipei seemed to encourage this by replacing the old, official formulation of its status - "one China, two political entities" - with the new phrase "one nation, two states". The new formula pointedly leaves out the name "China", and introduces the "splittist" term "state".

US disowns new Taiwan policy

PEKING UNLEASHED a torrent of rhetoric yesterday, after Taiwan announced without warning that it was abandoning the One-China policy that has governed its uneasy co- existence with the mainland for almost half a century. But it made no immediate move to act on threats to retake the island - which it regards as a rebel province - by force.

Liberty at war

PETER MERTS, a San Francisco-based amateur photographer, is on a seemingly endless quest. Since 1993 he has spent his every spare moment taking pictures of the Statue of Liberty: not only the original green giantess in New York, but also copies from all over the world - old or new, big or small, plastic and kitsch, solemn in bronze. "I've collected about 90," he says, "and I'm continually looking."

A good idea from ... Oprah Winfrey

FOR THOUSANDS of years, our ancestors didn't talk about their emotions. They killed bison and elk, returned to their caves and kept it to themselves if they had been afraid of woolly creatures, had felt small and had longed for the lost comfort of the womb. Then, gradually, mental health came to be equated with the ability to reveal vulnerable feelings to others. Over the past two centuries, staying silent about our fears and longings has gone from being viewed as brave and stoic to being viewed as dangerous: a kind of "bottling up", "repression" or, even worse, "denial".

Taiwan fears betrayal by Washington

IN WASHINGTON and Peking officials are burning the midnight oil putting the finishing touches to preparations for President Bill Clinton's historic visit to China later this month.

Stiff price

TAIWANESE gangsters are smuggling in the drug Viagra from the United States to meet demand for its alleged benefits to male virility. It is being sold on the black market for more than $60 (pounds 38) a dose, more than four times the US selling price. Chief customers for the drug were gigolos and male hosts who entertain female customers at karaoke bars, newspapers said.

Taiwan shows how it's done

The UK could learn a great deal about being a tiger economy from Asia's one crisis-free zone. Peter Koenig reports from Taipei
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