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Inquiry into donations to Tories from Lord Ashcroft’s company

The elections watchdog has launched an inquiry into donations to the Tory Party made by the company of wealthy party backer Lord Ashcroft, it was disclosed last night. The Electoral Commission confirmed that it was mounting a formal investigation into the donations made by Bearwood Corporate Services.

Newlywed among soldiers killed by suicide bomber in Afghanistan

The attack on British troops leaves a young woman a widow after only four months, and an unborn baby who will never see its father

Eriksson appointed Mexico boss

Former England boss Sven Goran Eriksson has been appointed the new head coach of Mexico.

Album: Umalali, The Garifuna Women's Project (Cumbancha)

Ten years in the making, recorded in seaside huts and then put through a complex mastering process, this entrancing LP was powered by the enthusiasm of the great Belizean singer Andy Palacio who died suddenly in January, so it now becomes his posthumous tribute.

Tate & Lyle goes Fairtrade in 'biggest switch' by UK firm

Tate & Lyle, Britain's second-biggest sugar company, is to convert its entire retail sugar range to Fairtrade by the end of next year.

Andy Palacio: Champion of Garifuna culture

Andy Vivien Palacio, musician and cultural promoter: born Barranco, Belize 2 December 1960; married Doreen Castillo (one son, four daughters; marriage dissolved); died Belize City 19 January 2008.

Andy Palacio: The hero of a people's music

Andy Palacio used the music of his Garifuna forebears to publicise their plight. His death is a tragedy, says Robin Denselow

The Man Who Pays His Way: London is on top of the world but for how long?

Last Sunday night, the patrons of the Seasons Restaurant in Nairobi (the city rated 58th in our premier league of world capitals) watched engrossed as Arsenal beat Chelsea in the Premier League of English football. Events in what is now officially the capital of the world captivated viewers in thousands of locations across the planet even though the England team ignominiously failed to qualify for the top 16 in Europe, and apparently need a highly paid bunch of Italians to remind them how to play football.

James Lawton: Let Neville and his fast-lane team-mates give us a reason to forget the Boys of '66

What is Neville proposing? Not a black-out on English football's finest hour?

Valentine's special: Danger, elation, exhaustion. What better way to start life together ...

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If it's good enough for Keanu...

Lucy Gillmore flies to Belize for the ultimate screen break at Francis Ford Coppola's luxurious Central American resorts

'I wanted to achieve something'

Emma Prest arranged her own year out in Belize, on an archaeological and conservation project
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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