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To Brad and Angelina, a girl, born in Namibia. What does life hold for the nation's children?

To Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, a daughter, Shiloh. She will be a sister for the couple's adopted children from Cambodia and Ethiopia.

The undercover story: A briefs history of Y fronts

Since their invention in 1935, Y-fronts have become a fixture in the underwear drawers of men around the world. Now a 37-year-old pair have been sold on eBay for £127. Terry Kirby reports

Heaven is in a name for US parents

America's latest onomatological sensation is called Nevaeh. Or rather, girls called Nevaeh. Virtually unheard of five years ago, the name - "heaven" spelt backwards - became the 70th most popular name for baby girls in the country last year.

Chelsea's £34m deal for Shevchenko set to offer Gallas and Crespo to Milan

Chelsea officials were yesterday due to meet here, ahead of last night's Champions League final, with representatives from Milan to discuss the transfer of Andrei Shevchenko to Stamford Bridge with William Gallas possibly moving in the opposite direction.

Labour will give all chance to be middle class, says Milburn

Labour will give everyone the chance of enjoying the benefits of a middle-class lifestyle if it wins a third term, Alan Milburn, the party's election co-ordinator, has said.

Does Labour still have enough to offer the new middle class it helped to create?

In all the feverish pre-election skirmishing we have witnessed hitherto, something has been conspicuously missing. None of the three main parties has yet advanced any big idea; none has articulated anything that even approximates to a political vision for the future. The Chancellor's talk of Britishness is probably the closest anyone has come.

Fight dirty or we lose, Milburn tells Labour

Election boss's secret warning to activists. Polls reveal danger of hung parliament

Blair's six pledges set battle lines for the general election

TONY BLAIR drew up the battle lines for the general election yesterday, launching six pledges designed to persuade a sceptical electorate that the Government can improve their lives.

The real meaning of Tony's banal battle cries

He is sending a message to those who are not New Labour that their services are not required

Politics: He's been back only a week but Campbell is in the soup already

ALASTAIR CAMPBELL is back, and his old enemies are circling, desperate to settle old scores. The man who left Downing Street 18 months ago after nine years as Tony Blair's consigliere is back at his side for the general election.

THE IMMIGRATION DEBATE: Clarke's five-year plan to cut immigration aims at low-skilled in hardline approach

LOW SKILLED workers will find it much harder to enter Britain under a tough new immigration policy announced by the Government yesterday.
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