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Officially, Whitehall is agnostic about timetables and outcomes and the declaration 'makes no prejudgments'.John Hume, leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party, is to resume talks with Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams, he confirmed last night.

The Queen took her critics by surprise yesterday by taking her first steps into cyberspace.Buckingham Palace announced that she has opened her own web site on the Internet, false footing those who have dismissed the monarchy as an anachronism in the age of the infobahn.

The fact that such contacts have taken place is not amazing: no responsible Government could afford not to try to keep some channels open.But, this time, it is just possible that the soothsayers are right: an historic opportunity for peace in Ireland may have arrived and the Prime Minister, for all his qualms and caution, may be prepared to grasp it.

A life or a penis?She is the woman who cut off her husband's penis with a kitchen knife.

Tony Blair yesterday gave an evangelical urgency to his vision of a Britain transformed by the healing policies of New Labour from an old and divided society into a 'young country' again.The spectacle of an opposition party negotiating over the heads of ministers with a big corporation 18 months before an election is a sign of both sides' expectations that Mr Blair will become prime minister.

An inquest into the death of Stephen Lawrence , the black schoolboy killed by a gang of white youths, was adjourned yesterday after it was revealed that 'dramatic' new evidence had been discovered.Discharging the jury, Sir Montague said: 'In the interests of fairness and justice and being mindful of the possible prejudice to a future hearing in another court, I am going to adjourn.

5 million leaflets and a distribution network as international as McDonald 's.A healthy life of vegetarian activism probably began, she thinks, when a 11-year-old classmate called Lynne stuck a pencil in her knee and Ms Steel's mother told her to 'kick her back'.

He could be described as a zealous moderate, perfectly in tune with the very large number of people who are, or want to be, middle-class.Education, he has said will be 'the passion' of his government and it reflects absolutely Blair's character as a policy-maker.

She complained, for example, that the police had said Miss Murrell was sexually assaulted.There was a fire at Miss Murrell's country cottage.

What the palace feared most would happen - that the Princess of Wales would let fly the pent-up grievances stored for 14 years - happened last night.It was known before the interview was shown that the unauthorised Panorama appearance represented the princess's greatest gamble to date.

Overall it looks as if My Little Pony had been in a terrible accident, and its tail had been draped over Mr Fabricant 's head.He was attending questions to Mr Waldegrave, the open government minister.

Dame Shirley Porter and other Westminster councillors and staff could face a final bill three times the size of the record pounds 31.The evidence against Baroness Thatcher includes a bluntly worded memorandum sent from Lady Porter to 10 Downing Street on 19 December 1986, six months after the Tories nearly lost control of the borough to Labour.

It advised the newly- elected councillors of 'the distinction between their official duties and their wider, political role'.But while Magill's assessments of Lady Porter have been widely advertised - guilty of 'wilful misconduct' and providing him with 'evasive, false and misleading evidence' - less attention has been given to the three council officers caught in the surcharge frame.

Tony Blair yesterday urged an end to 'tribal opposition' to the Liberal Democrats when he called on Labour to learn the lessons of its 1945 election and 'welcome the radical centre-left tradition outside of our own party'.The clear offer of greater policy co-operation and consensus-seeking on the centre-left, Mr Blair said, was 'part of a rediscovery of the values that brought Labour to power after the war'.

Nicholas Soames' verdict - then let's remember what Diana said about the Establishment for which he spoke - she is their enemy.Never before on British television has an aristocratic woman been so eloquent about pain as protest.

Dame Shirley Porter and other Westminster councillors and staff could face a final bill three times the size of the record pounds 31.The evidence against Baroness Thatcher includes a bluntly worded memorandum sent from Lady Porter to 10 Downing Street on 19 December 1986, six months after the Tories nearly lost control of the borough to Labour.

Liberal Democrat MPs yesterday rallied behind Paddy Ashdown's call for a more disciplined and co-ordinated approach to policy and its presentation as the party seeks to exploit the vacant ground between Blair-led Labour and John Major's government.Contrary to some predictions there was no discussion of discontent over Mr Ashdown's leadership, now in its eighth year.

Until yesterday the original was in the briefcase of Mr Ray Cesca, McDonald 's head of world trade.The question for Mr Justice Bell on Day 222 is this: should McDonald 's be made to give up lists of cattle ranches near Cuyaba Mato Grosso do Sul where McDonald 's 'patties' (hamburgers) came from in the Eighties?

But when details of his death emerged on January 26, two weeks after the publication of Magill's report, the extent of Dutt's tragedy hit home.He had a shotgun at his side and papers from Magill's report were strewn all around.

The Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, Robert Maclennan, said he planned to take up the incident with the Home Secreta ry, Michael Howard.He was protesting about the plight of Cambodian boat people in Australia and had written to the prince last month alleging that some had been in detention for four years.
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