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Australia's stolen generation: 'To the mothers and the fathers, the brothers and the sisters, we say sorry'

Today marks a historic apology by the Australian government to its Aboriginal community for years of estrangement, lies and abuse. But while the official admission of guilt is welcomed, the question of compensation still remains. By Andy McSmith and Christopher Finn

East Timor president wounded in rebel attack

East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta was shot and critically wounded at his home in Dili today in an assassination attempt by rebel soldiers that analysts said could spark renewed violence and political chaos in the tiny nation.

Japan abandons humpback whale hunt after international outcry

Japan has suspended its first humpback whale hunt in seas off Antarctica since the 1960s, its government said yesterday, backing down in an escalating international battle over the expansion of its hunt.

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Five Best: Romantic hotels in Piedmont

Hotel San Rocco

Set beside Lake Orta, the hotel has 85 rooms, most converted out of a monastery, the others once part of a Baroque villa. Antique furniture and traditional furnishings add elegance, although the hotel's main feature is its views across the lake. The restaurant specialises in risottos, fish from the lake, and local meats and cheeses. In the evening a pianist provides accompaniment in the bar. For daytime there is an outdoor swimming pool and a Body Harmony Centre for massages and beauty treatments.

James Lawton: Gerrard the force of nature raises England's hopes from the ridiculous to the sublime

The potency of Steven Gerrard was so irresistible it challenged even the better judgement that England in the World Cup have been saddled beyond hope by the bizarre thought processes and indecisive leadership of Sven Goran Eriksson.

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Wiki's 11 years of wicked skills rewarded with place in history

The Kiwi prop talks to Dave Hadfield about the amazing career that will make him rugby league's most-capped player at Loftus Road tomorrow

Books: On the trail of Ivan the terribly elusive

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Two killed in RAF crash

Two RAF crew were killed when their aircraft crashed on the runway at a military base, the MoD said.

Howard's son in election spamming row

Speculation is mounting that the Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, will call an election for October, despite being beset by scandal and trailing in the polls.

Cullen signs three-year deal with Warrington

Warrington have agreed a three-year contract extension with their coach, Paul Cullen.

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