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The Megrahi Affair: Blair, BP & the Libyan link

The US Senate is determined to uncover the truth behind the early release of the Lockerbie bomber

BP, the Gulf oil spill and 87 days that changed the world

The leak has stopped but the ramifications extend far beyond the Louisiana coastline

Releasing the Lockerbie bomber was 'a mistake', Government admits

The Government admitted last night that the release of the Lockerbie bomber, Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, on compassionate grounds was "a mistake". Sir Nigel Sheinwald, the UK's ambassador in Washington, made the admission in a statement issued after four US senators demanded an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the release.

BP denies lobbying for Lockerbie bomber release

BP was under renewed pressure from the United States today over claims that it lobbied the British Government for the release of the Lockerbie bomber.

Richard Ingrams's Week: No one knows how to educate our children

Would Boris claim that his knowledge of Latin helps him in any way when it comes to dealing with the congestion charge?

IoS designers and illustrator win prestigious industry awards

The Independent on Sunday has picked up two top honours in the prestigious Best of News Design awards. Organised by the Society for News Design, the professional organisation for the world's graphic designers who work in the industry, the awards recognise the best from around the world in newspaper production.

Kenny MacAskill rapped over Lockerbie bomber release

The Scottish Justice Secretary was criticised in a parliamentary report today for the way he handled the release of the Lockerbie bomber.

Straw fights release of transcript of calls over Libyan oil deal

Justice Secretary denies agreeing to release of Lockerbie bomber in talks with BP lobbyist

John Rentoul: Faraway bombs leave Brown's hopes in tatters

We are surely approaching the final chapter of the Prime Minister's career, and the story is being written in Afghanistan and Libya

The legacy of Lockerbie: A good week for conspiracy theorists

What really drove the release of 'bomber' Abdelbaset al-Megrahi? Compassion – or politics and trade deals? Was he even guilty? David Randall investigates

Sarah Sands: Reasons to be cheerful – we're stoical, inventive and we cope in the rain

Wars rage and poverty persists, but for most of us life is unremarkable, which is something for which we should all be very grateful.

Leading article: A merciful release

There seem to be two diametrically opposite views of the release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, convicted of the Lockerbie bombing. One, the predominant view, is that Megrahi is guilty of such a horrendous crime that he should die in jail.

FBI director launches scathing attack on Kenny MacAskill

And Edinburgh sources claim UK government urged them to send Lockerbie bomber home

Tim Luckhurst: Scotland's mess over Lockerbie

In the MacAskill version Albion has been perfidious and Caledonia is blameless
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