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Carol King-Eckersley tells of her 'double tragedy' after deciding to track down her only child, put up for adoption 45 years ago

Review: The Professor of Truth, By James Robertson. Hamish Hamilton, £16.99

Twenty-one years ago, Alan Tealing’s wife and daughter were killed in the bombing of a transatlantic flight over Scotland. Tealing, a lecturer in English literature at a Scottish university, has dedicated the years since to “The Case” – “the gathering and sifting of information, the analysis of so-called facts and challenging of so-called evidence”.

James Robertson deserves praise for stepping up to the plate

Review: The Professor of Truth, By James Robertson

As the 25th anniversary approaches, James Robertson is the first British novelist to tackle the Pan Am Flight 103 terrorist outrage

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, 59, was sentenced to life in prison for the 1988 bombing of a US airliner which claimed 270 lives.

Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi dead

Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi has died in Tripoli, his brother said today.

Lockerbie bomber in hospital

The Lockerbie bomber has been admitted to hospital for a blood transfusion, it was reported last night.

Leading article: Justice should be open to public view

The court is the power of the state at work. As such, it must be open to scrutiny
Abdelbaset al-Megrahi flies home to Tripoli

Minster pressed on Abdelbaset al-Megrahi claims

Scotland's Justice Secretary is facing demands to make a statement to Holyrood after it was claimed he sent a message to the Lockerbie bomber that he should drop his appeal against conviction to smooth the way for his compassionate release.

Picture dated 22 December 1988 of the wreckage of the New-York-bound Pan Am Boeing 747 that exploded and crashed over Lockerbie, southwest Scotland, 21 December 1988.

Lockerbie police team increased

The police force investigating the Lockerbie bombing has increased the number of officers involved in the inquiry.

Scottish censors to edit Megrahi report

Plans for "open and transparent" publication of a report that questions the Lockerbie bomber's conviction took a hit after Scotland's Justice Department said it may have to accommodate data-protection law, European human rights and the concerns of UK and US intelligence agencies in a redacted version of the findings.

Britain and US accused of playing politics with Megrahi's condition

The British and US governments were last night accused of ignoring the law and engaging in "international politicking" over the Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.

Lockerbie bomber found in Tripoli villa 'close to death'

The Lockerbie bomber has been tracked down to his villa in Tripoli, where he is apparently comatose and near death, CNN has reported.

Hague insists Libya will co-operate over Fletcher case

William Hague yesterday sought to play down concerns that the new Libyan government will refuse to hand over the man suspected of shooting WPC Yvonne Fletcher and the Lockerbie bomber.

Scottish officials 'trying to trace Megrahi'

The Scottish Justice Secretary said officials are trying to contact Libyan rebel leaders as part of efforts to track down the Lockerbie bomber.

Paul Wilkinson: Leading authority on international terrorism who survived an IRA attempt on his life

Professor Paul Wilkinson's lengthy career as one of Britain's foremost academics in the field of terrorism lasted from the 1970s heyday of IRA bombing to the recent shocking violence in Norway.

Fears voiced for Megrahi safety

A father who lost his daughter in the Lockerbie bombing said today he was concerned for the safety of the man convicted of the atrocity as he announced he was stepping down from frontline campaigning.

Three days to get out of the UK – Hague expels Libyan embassy staff

Rebel council recognised as 'sole governmental authority', with £91m of assets to be unfrozen

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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there