Editor-At-Large: Women are rarely welcome in the police chaps' club

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

Editor-At-Large: Hillary vs Barack is a thriller. Ken against Boris is just tawdry

In the US, the candidates galvanise and inspire. The contrast with London's mayoral rivals could hardly be more marked

Boris and Benn form an unlikely plinth alliance

Sir Keith Park was a hero of the Second World War, a New Zealander who played a crucial role in the Battle of Britain by commanding RAF squadrons in the defence of London.

Geoffrey Lean: Today, the plastic bag. Tomorrow... even more words?

Politicians and newspapers are falling over themselves to advertise their green credentials. Even Boris Johnson, long a scourge of the greens, has jumped onto the environmental bandwagon. But there is suspicion that the talk may be a substitute for bold action

Boris's manifesto? He'll teach Ken how to ride a bike

Boris Johnson has unveiled his green transport policy – free cycling lessons. Not for all Londoners, but for Ken Livingstone, the man he is trying to oust as Mayor of London, who admits he can't ride a bike.

Boris is a 'buffoon' but he should be Mayor, say business leaders

Business leaders think Boris Johnson is a "buffoon", but they still overwhelmingly want him to be Mayor of London, according to a new poll. The vast majority still expect Ken Livingstone to win the race for County Hall in May.

Leading article: A second-rate contest for a first-rate city

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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The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
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Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
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Save us from small screen superheroes

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Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
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Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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