David Randall

David Randall is foreign editor of the Independent on Sunday.

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Briton in China mystery 'killed by drop of cyanide'

Extraordinary, and quite possibly officially sanctioned allegations were made last night that Neil Heywood, the Old Harrovian businessman found dead in a Chinese hotel room last November, died from poisoning by a drop of potassium cyanide.

Platform shoes were big in the 70s

David Randall: The Seventies, decade of glamour and grit

As the BBC launches a new series 'The 70s', our writer rifles through his memory bank to relive those kaleidoscopic days

A light goes out as 'King of Kitsch' dies aged 54

Derided by the critics but loved by the public, Thomas Kinkade made a fortune from his glowingly sentimental landscapes. David Randall looks at his life and legacy

David Randall: Let's strim these mowing jobsworths

Our writer bemoans the obsessive razing of our wild flora

David Randall: So elegant, so refined – and vicious as hell

Swans are magnificent but don't get too close
Caroline Monet at the funeral of her partner, Abel Chennouf, last week

Girlfriend to marry soldier shot dead by scooter killer

The pregnant fiancée of one of Mohamed Merah's victims is making plans for a posthumous wedding

Queen Elizabeth: What if she told us what she really thinks?

The Queen: My husband and I would like to tell you what we really think ...

On Tuesday, the Queen addresses both houses of Parliament for the umpteenth time in her reign. What if, instead of the platitudes written for her, she gave vent to 60 years of pent-up feelings about the British political class? What if she told us what she really thinks?

Send your nominations now for the <i>IoS</i> Happy List 2012

Our fifth annual Independent on Sunday Happy List is now being prepared, and we’re seeking nominations.

The Olympic Flame could fail to arrive on time

Come on, Britain! Stop moaning! It's the Olympics, for heaven's sake!

We are guaranteed the gold for pessimism, but is that the trophy we want, wonders David Randall

The wife and children of stoker William Mintram of Chapel Road. A convicted killer, Mintram gave his life jacket to his son-in-law to save his life - and lost his own

The forgotten victims: How the Titanic tragedy handed a devastating legacy to the people of Southampton

Of the 700 crew who perished on the Titanic, 550 came from Southampton. Their stories have rarely been told – until now.

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Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
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Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
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‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
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