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Blame academy: Even schools designed to be free from regulation need some oversight, as a Sutton Trust report shows

If the Government’s educational policy is really as unideological and fact-based as ministers make out, then the latest study into the performance of England’s academy schools makes for uncomfortable reading, indicating that the facts do not fit official policy.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17: Britain and France should focus their anger on Vladimir Putin

Public indignation over the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 a week ago remains high. It is only natural for our leaders to identify with and amplify emotion of this sort, both to improve their standing among voters and, if possible, to have some impact on the future behaviour of the Russians.

Cold case: A renewed effort to discover the truth about Alexander Litvinenko’s death is both practically and politically motivated

It is seven years, 34 weeks and four days since the fugitive Russian secret serviceman, Alexander Litvinenko, died a ghastly death in University College Hospital in London, after someone had dosed  him with radioactive polonium, allegedly while he was sipping tea with two fellow Russians in a London hotel.

The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow highlight still valuable ties

What is the point of the Commonwealth? Sadly, that is not a question that gets posed very often, even among its 2.3 billion citizens. The organisation has a second-best air; the start of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow reminds us that this is the second-largest global sports gathering, after the Olympics. The Commonwealth itself is the second-largest international grouping, after the UN. Its peoples are also second-class when it comes to the former imperial parent, whose trading and political links are firmly, if unenthusiastically, with the EU. It is hard to believe that, until 1962, every Commonwealth citizen had an unfettered right of abode in Britain. Today it is far easier for a German to settle here than a Trinidadian.

The Tesco challenge

Supermarket’s problems go deeper than leadership

No easy way out for Israel-Gaza conflict

In order for any ceasefire to be meaningful, Israel must free Gaza from its straitjacket. That prospect is some way off

Troubled water: Antibiotic-resistant superbugs are spawning in our rivers

We don’t wish to spoil anyone’s summer holiday in our beautiful countryside, but that pretty dappled river meandering through the fields may not be all it appears. Armageddon could be brewing on its bed.

Miliband's Labour - the man must match the party

Something is going on here, and it can be resolved only by Mr Miliband himself. People want to vote Labour

Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: No more games, Mr Putin

Though he cannot have wished it, the Russian President is responsible for this massacre. He must restrain his dogs of war

Burying bad news: The cynicism – and brutality – of Israel’s invasion of Gaza

With the eyes of the world on the catastrophe in Ukraine, the Israeli armed forces have kicked off the latest episode in a 66-year-old conflict whose resolution seems further away than ever.

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