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Machismo is still the norm in the force, as Michael Todd's case shows. Even in trouble, he was still 'one of the boys'

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The contest to be the next Mayor of London has begun in true knockabout fashion, with the principal candidates exchanging the sort of Punch and Judy blows that David Cameron said he would eschew in national politics. The duel is between the incumbent Ken Livingstone and his Tory challenger Boris Johnson. Besides these two bombastic characters, the Liberal Democrat Brian Paddick and the Green candidate Sian Berry will have difficulty making themselves heard – which will be the voters' loss, as well as theirs.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: We deserve better than Boris or Ken

London is the world's favourite city. Why so? Because our capital is dynamic, unpredictable, exciting and at times menacing, glamorous, and though criminally expensive, creative, growing, open, fast, shifting, "glocal"– meaning local and global– infinitely various, a vast conurbation where the filthy rich have to share localities with the great unwashed, whites with blacks and Asians.

Johnson to use £1m war chest in battle for London

Boris Johnson is preparing to spend up to £1m on his battle to oust Ken Livingstone as Mayor of London.

CIA knew where Eichmann was two years before he was caught

The CIA knew the whereabouts of the Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Argentina more than two years before his capture by Israeli agents, but kept the fact secret to protect its anti-Communist efforts in West Germany, according to newly declassified agency documents.

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