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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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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

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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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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

Michael Calvin's Last Word

How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us