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DLana, Princess of Wales was buried on an island in the park at Althorp, not in the Spencer family chapel of the parish church nearby. The day before her funeral the Queen made a live broadcast in which she said, 'I admired and respected her for her energy and commitment, and espe- cially for her devotion to her two boys.' The funeral at Westminster Abbey featured a rewritten version of 'Candle In The Wind' (a song about Marilyn Monroe) performed by Elton John. The Princess's brother, Earl Spencer, said at the funeral address that `she needed no royal title to continue to generate her particular brand of magic'; of her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, he said, 'We will not allow them to suffer the anguish that used regularly to drive you [Diana] to tearful display. And, beyond that, on behalf of your mother and sisters, I pledge that we, your blood family, will do all we can to continue the imaginative and loving way in which you were steering these two exceptional young men so that their souls are not simply immersed by duty and tradition but can sing openly as you plan- ned.' His address was applauded by many of the million or so mourners outside the Abbey and by the congregation within. The Earl declined the posthumous restoration of the Princess's style, Her Royal Highness. Postmen did not deliver on the day of the funeral as 'a mark of respect'. Mr Tony Blair, the Prime Minister, said that he was sympathetic to the idea of a memorial to the Princess being set up with public money. A charitable fund in her memory raised £100 million in four days. Sir lain Glidewell, the judge appointed to review the Crown Prosecution Service, said, `There is no doubt that the present system is not working as it should.' Headline inflation rose to 3.5 per cent. Transco, which runs gas supply pipelines, is to make 2,500 redundant, 15 per cent of its workforce. Sir Georg Solti, the conductor, died, aged 84. Sir Rudolf Bing, the opera impresario, died, aged 95. Hans Eysenck, the psychologist who said that heredity might influence the intelligence, even of black people, died, aged 81. General Sir John Hackett died, aged 86. Jeffrey Bernard died, aged 65.

MOTHER Teresa died, aged 87. India is to give her a state funeral. Guerrillas in Lebanon killed 12 Israeli troops who had been attempting to make a strike on a vil- lage between Tyre and Sidon; this came a few hours after a suicide bombing by Islam- ic extremists had killed four and injured 200 in Jerusalem. Mr Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, said he would not resume talks with the Palestinians until Yasser Arafat launched a real fight against terrorism. Islamic extremists killed 80 on the outskirts of Algiers. Mr Katiza Cebekh- ulu, a member of the 'Mandela Football Club' that had acted as a gang of body- guards to Mrs Winnie Mandela, was report- ed to have told South African police in a statement made in London in 1995 that she had allegedly stabbed Stompie Moeketsi, a boy she had once been accused of kidnap- ping, with 'something in her hand which she lifted high and plunged down'. In Saudi Arabia two Pakistanis were executed for murder and necrophilia, bringing the num- ber of beheadings this year to 91. A mur- derer and two thieves were executed in Shanghai; at least 4,367 people were put to death in China last year. In Abu Dhabi two murderers were sentenced to be crucified, then shot. A fire at the Oukacha prison in Casablanca killed 28 prisoners. General Alexander Lebed said that when he had been national security adviser to President Boris Yeltsin last year he discovered that 100 'suitcase' atomic bombs, 5ft long and weighing between 601b and 100lb, had gone missing. Millions of people swarmed into central Moscow to celebrate the city's 850th anniversary. More than 400 drowned when a ferry sank off Haiti. Separatists on the island of Anjouan in the Comoros fought with government troops trying to retake it, killing 40. Mobutu Sese Seko, the former president of Zaire, died aged 66. Athens is to hold the Olympic Games in 2004. CSH