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A bitter dispute between three “brothers” over who should gain a £70,000 inheritance after a couple mistakenly signed each other’s wills was brought before the Supreme Court today.

Lib Dem rebels plot to thwart Labour pact

TONY BLAIR and Paddy Ashdown's groundbreaking "Lib-Lab" deal faced a severe challenge last night as rebel Liberal Democrats launched a national campaign to wreck the agreement.

Poison in pens plot foiled by police

A COMBINED operation by the British security service and police uncovered a terrorist cache in London. It was destined for Algeria to be used in acts of political violence, an Old Bailey court heard yesterday.

By their bones shall you know them

Londoners were once taller, Cole Moreton discovers

Plant Kingdom: Secret garden

Eighteen years ago hundreds of photographs of fruit, vegetables and flowers turned up in a London market. A dealer bought them for a song and saved them from the rubbish tip. Today, they are acknowledged

Pensioner denies war crimes

Pensioner denies war crimes

Man, 77, on war charges

A 77-YEAR-OLD man was yesterday sent for trial on war crimes charges linked to the Second World War.

Wednesday's Book: The Total Package by Thomas Hine (Little, Brown, pounds 9.99)

Unwrapping the mystique of the packet, the American design critic Thomas Hine notes that the "persuasive container" is an inherent element of the natural world: "The phenomena that are most relevant to packaging - fruit, nuts, pods, flowers - are reproductive, rather than merely protective like the oyster shell." The perplexing appeal of Coca-Cola may be explained by the fact that the "female shape" of the original cinch-waisted bottle prompts prenatal memories. As Hine says, "Mom is the package we came in."

Obituary: Lord Mellish

In April 1976, Bob Mellish resigned as Government Chief Whip after seven hectic years in government, in opposition, and in government again.

Politics: Blunkett denies cut in education spend

A ROW over education spending broke yesterday after The Independent reported government figures showing cuts in overall expenditure this year.

Raid gang boss gets 20 years

A FEARED underworld gang boss dubbed "The Ayatollah" was jailed for 20 years and the mistress he coerced received a three-year sentence yesterday. James Phillips, 47, from Greenwich, south-east London, masterminded "a stream" of armed raids on jewellers and other targets over four years which netted more than pounds 1m, an Old Bailey court was told.

i work for ...; Zandra Rhodes

Zoe Penn is PA to the fashion designer.

pounds 1m raids of underworld's `Ayatollah'

A FEARED underworld figure - dubbed "The Ayatollah" - was convicted at the Old Bailey yesterday of masterminding a string of armed raids on prestige jewellers and other targets.

Tuesday's book: London Docklands by Elizabeth Williamson and Nikolaus Pevsner (Penguin, pounds 11.99)

Canary Wharf in Docklands is London's new tourist destination. Much to the mystification of those who work there, the Docklands Light Railway (built in the Eighties using a 19th-century viaduct) daily carries trainfuls of sightseers to this brave new world.

Jackson prepares for a mayoral role

GLENDA JACKSON, the transport minister, has privately decided to throw her hat into the ring to become the first directly elected Mayor of London. The Oscar-winning former actress will stand in the elections to become the first directly elected Mayor of London, if there is a "yes" vote in the referendum to create the role, close friends confirmed yesterday.

Daylight robbery

Bermondsey antiques market used to be repository for stolen goods - and, even with a change in the law, it still has a shady atmosphere
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