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Riot in Cyprus 27 police officers were injured near a British military base in Cyprus when rioters stormed a police station to release an imprisoned member of parliament. The freed politician, Marios Matsakis, had been arrested earlier in the day for leading a protest against the base's construction of a telecommunications mast suspected of being a health risk.

Trimble resigns Northern Ireland's First Minister David Trimble resigned following the IRA's failure to begin decommissioning. Trimble called on the British government to expel Sinn Fein from the Northern Ireland Assembly if the IRA does not hand over its weapons within the next few weeks.

Government helps HLS The government will provide financial support for the animal testing firm Huntingdon Life Sciences. The Department of Trade and Industry asked the Bank of England to provide current account facilities for HLS, after commercial banks refused to support the firm because of fierce campaigns by animal rights activists.

University recruitment crisis New universities have failed to meet their recruitment targets by 8,000 students, according to a study by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). The universities blamed student hardship for the crisis, and called for a review of student funding.

Coach strike Thousands of holidaymakers were stranded at Spanish and British airports during a three-day bus drivers' strike in the Balearic Islands. Flights to and from Britain were delayed by up to 36 hours. More than 300,000 tourists were affected.

Guinness book is sold The Guinness Book of Records has been sold for £45.5m to Gullane Entertainment, which owns Thomas the Tank Engine and has a 50 per cent share in Sooty. The book, first published in 1955 to settle general knowledge questions in pubs, has more than 70 million readers.

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