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Tuesday, December 1, 1998 Published at 04:59 GMT


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Tax splits EU

Plans to harmonise tax policies across the European Union are placing its members' finance ministers on a collision course.

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EU finance ministers split
Tax harmony within EU?
Brown threatens veto over tax




Top of the class

Tables showing how English secondary schools did in their exam results have been published, but teachers say these comparisons are unfair.

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How they fared
School league tables
Blunkett abandons new school progress index




Chile deserves 'respect'

The US urges Britain to consider the Chilean Government's demands for the return of the former leader, General Pinochet.

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Pinochet told to leave hospital
Chilean minister leaves UK empty-handed
Home Secretary faces no-win decision



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$3bn boost for Palestinians
A conference in Washington has secured promises of more than $3bn in economic aid for the Palestinians.
Four-star petrol banned
Millions of car owners will have to convert their vehicles to use unleaded petrol by the year 2000 in order to comply with an EU directive.


Aids campaign focuses on young
On World Aids Awareness Day, attention is being drawn to the high incidence of HIV among young people.
Doing the business online
BBC News Online, Dell and the Co-op Bank are among the winners in the Financial Times Business Website of the Year Awards.


Canada waits on Quebec poll
The people of mainly French-speaking Quebec are choosing a new parliament in a vote which could raise again the prospect of separation from Canada.
Gay rights campaigner to learn fate
A verdict is expected in the case of the gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, on trial for indecent behaviour in a church.


Wall Street tumbles
Falling oil prices and losses on Internet stocks conspired to send the Dow Jones index down over 200 points, its biggest drop in two months.
Drama over Parma ham
A group of Italian Parma ham producers are expected to learn whether they can sue the UK supermarket chain, ASDA, at the European Court of Justice.


'Time running out' for Texas convict
With helicopters, bloodhounds and more than 500 people searching for an escaped Death Row convict, police are confident he will be recaptured.
'Holocaust Day' to remember victims
The UK Government proposes a national Holocaust day to remember the victims of Hitler's genocide.


Hariri says no to PM's job
Rafiq Hariri, the billionaire prime minister of Lebanon, says he will not head a new government because of a dispute with the president.
Soldiers to assist Kosovo mission
The UK Ministry of Defence says up to 600 soldiers could join a Nato force ready to rescue international staff from Kosovo if needed.








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