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Home Secretary faces Commons grilling over loss of secret papers

The Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, is to be questioned by MPs over whether Britain's fight against terrorism has been compromised after a second security breach involving secret documents being left on a train.

Secret anti-terror documents 'left on train'

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Coastal calm in British Columbia

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Afternoon tea is a fine British tradition upheld around the world – the last word in restrained, civilised living.

Leading article: Money, money, money...

It is giving away money that really makes us happy, say researchers at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Those who spend money on others are generally happy people, a study of 632 American men and women indicated.

Are We There Yet?: Have you seen the price of holidays for one-parent families!

Have you heard the one about the single parent who wanted to take the kids on holiday? S/he was forced to pay double for not having a partner.

Extreme: British Columbia, Canada

Carving first tracks in waist-deep powder is skiing nirvana but such transcendental conditions will be increasingly hard to find in the Alps as global warming pushes European pistes ever higher up the mountainsides. In the future, in order to find the best snow, skiers will have to head west – and the exchange rates make the trip even more appealing at the moment.

Blair will go well before election, says Straw

Tony Blair will go "well before the general election", Jack Straw has claimed, reopening speculation about the timing of the Prime Minister's exit.

India 241 &amp; 521-6 dec West Indies 371 &amp; 13-0: Jaffer's guile and Dhoni's style puts West Indies on back foot

Controversy and confusion over a disputed catch that ended a typically explosive Mahendra Singh Dhoni innings took some of the gloss off Wasim Jaffer's 212 against the West Indies that swung the balance back to India on the first Test's fourth day here yesterday.

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Going out: art turner whistler monet

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Boris Johnson's war on diesel

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