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THE Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal, the bitter rivals of the business newspaper world, have agreed to join forces in order to launch a Russian-language business paper.

`Clinton raped me in hotel,' claims Arkansas woman

HIGHLY DAMAGING allegations concerning President Bill Clinton's past finally appeared in America's mainstream media yesterday, after months in the shadowy realms of the Internet.

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IS YOUR love-life dull? How about an open fire, candles, a big, big bottle of wine, tandoori chicken, dried-up samosas and lukewarm rice? The Grocer records that cluttered Alldays is ousting fast food. Colin Glass, a director, says, "I'm sure it will work in c-stores, but we have spent so much time, money and effort in it because it's sexy that it has led us to neglect the basics."

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Impeachment process enters electoral phase

THE CURTAIN rose yesterday on part two of Bill Clinton's presidency, on the months, even years, that will be forever associated with impeachment. Regardless of the final outcome and regardless of any other achievements, Mr Clinton is now bracketed with Richard Nixon as one of only three American Presidents to face the shame of a formal impeachment inquiry by Congress.

New York Confidential: Bald pride and the style battle against hair loss

EARLIER THIS week, the Wall Street Journal ran a story on its front page headlined "The Comb-Over Loses Out in Battle Against Hair Loss". It documented how the comb-over, which it described as "the most elegant baldness remedy of all", was losing market share to shaved heads, buzz cuts, baseball-cap cover-ups, implants, transplants, toupees, wigs and weaves.

The news: Lord Snooty bows to the forelock-tuggers

A t long last, with the arrival of digital television a real multi- channel environment will be upon us. What effect will it have on the style and quality of British television news? For paradoxical reasons, it may be the BBC, not its frankly commercial competitors, which will need to go down market in the search for bigger audiences.

Rivals claim Microsoft had bug plot

THE LEGAL woes of Microsoft may be about to deepen, thanks to the uncovering of a 1991 internal e-mail that appears to reveal a secret, if not dastardly, scheme to insert a hidden bug in its Windows operating system to sabotage the system of a rival software manufacturer.

Starr report `may be sent to Congress next month'

THE INDEPENDENT prosecutor, Kenneth Starr, could send his report to Congress as early as next month and limit its focus to President Bill Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky, the Washington Post reported yesterday. Such an accelerated timetable could embarrass Mr Clinton and throw into disarray the politics of the November congressional elections.

Sinatra has it his way from beyond the grave

FRANK SINATRA'S will ensures that the battle for his inheritance will be bitterly fought for a long time, but the battle will be conducted in secret.

Argos faces raised bid

CATALOGUE-shopping group GUS is expected to increase its pounds 1.6bn offer for Argos this week, after the discount retailer revealed its final defence against the hostile bid on Friday. GUS has a week to decide whether to sweeten its 570p-a-share offer.

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