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Newly released papers reveal a startling lack of unity in Government circles over how to respond to the 1982 Argentine invasion

Day one and the new recruits wake to life in the great People's Republic

Why a charmed land will still work its magic

Hong Kong handover: Freedoms guaranteed, but for how long?

The Basic Law, Hong Kong's mini-constitution, guarantees that the territory will continue to be governed in much the same way under Chinese rule as it was during the British administration. It outlines the basis for Deng Xiaoping's "One Country - Two Systems" principle and enshrines in law people's freedoms. However, it also makes provision for the incoming Hong Kong government to override many of those guarantees if there is any threat of "subversion".

Electorate flirt with return of the Zog dynasty

Just for a moment yesterday, it looked as though Albania was turning the clock back more than 60 years and doing what no European country has done since the fall of Franco - reviving its monarchy.

Hong Kong handover: New uses for an old home

Government House, the home and office of successive Hong Kong governors, will not become a "museum of colonial atrocities" as the outgoing Governor Chris Patten liked to joke. Instead it will be a mixture of an official guest house, a place for formal government occasions and parts of it might well be opened to the public.

Hong Kong handover: What Patten had to say

Excerpts from outgoing Hong Kong Governor Chris Patten's farewell speech, delivered at a British farewell ceremony last night:

Tycoons, knights and Lavender: They did it their way, until the end

Simon Murray, the former Foreign Legionnaire and high profile businessmen, has been doing his best to bring together the outgoing Governor Chris Patten and the incoming Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa.

Painful memories of imperialism's darker side

The British treated Hong Kongers as second class citizens in their own land

Patten's Taoist prayer

Hong Kong handover

The Tory Leadership: Problems ahead in binding party wounds

Before William Hague's runaway leadership result had been announced yesterday, it had been easy to find the voices of doom among Tory MPs in the Commons.

The agonising Tory choice

Right-wing Conservative MPs were left last night with an agonising choice for their party leadership: Kenneth Clarke, whose views they do not share on Europe, or William Hague, who is not respected by the purist Euro-sceptics.

Are you listening, Beijing?

The handover of Hong Kong may be the trickiest story the BBC World Service has ever covered. Michael Leapman meets the woman walking on eggshells

The rise and rise of Asia's capitalist heaven

Hong Kong handover

Bad feng-shui deters Tung

Feng-shui, the traditional Chinese belief in reconciling man with his environment, appears to have won the day. Yesterday, Tung Chee-hwa, Hong Kong's first Chief Executive, announced that he would not be taking up residence in Government House, a place he has described as having "bad feng-shui".

HK dissidents find safe havens

Chinese dissidents who secured temporary refuge in Hong Kong appear to have found safe havens overseas despite dramatic threats of suicide and other forms of self-injury if they did not receive help from the colonial government.

Outed! Clary admits to a heterosexual affair

Famously gay comedian Julian Clary will talk about a former "long- standing" sexual relationship with a woman for the first time in a television interview to be broadcast in July.
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