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Previously secret documents indicate Margaret Thatcher knew about possible SAS involvement in 1984 Indian army raid

Leading article: Sri Lanka's destructive feud

An acrimonious election campaign and a disputed result provides an ominous start for what was meant to be a new era for Sri Lanka, after more than a quarter century of civil war. A country of rich potential had – indeed it still has – the opportunity to make a new beginning, following the conclusive defeat of the Tamil Tiger separatists in 2009. But the vote has underlined the deep and persisting divisions between the minority Tamils and the Sinhalese majority.

The secret's out: James McAvoy in the frame to play Bond creator Ian Fleming

In his rise to the Hollywood A-list, James McAvoy has already donned a tuxedo, dabbled in intrigue and played a tortured author. They are all on-screen experiences which will stand him in good stead if his latest rumoured leading role comes to fruition – a biopic of the James Bond creator, Ian Fleming.

Longy: Booze, Brawls, Sex & Scandal, by Sean Long

Take a tip from Sean Long: if you're on the lash in Blackpool and have pulled the fittest bird in the bar, try not to have a bowel-loosening moment when you step outside to have a pee against the wall. Especially if you're going commando and wearing white linen trousers.

Miss England steps down after arrest

Miss England Rachel Christie has relinquished her crown after being arrested on suspicion of a nightclub assault sparked by a row over a TV gladiator.

40 hostages freed in raid on Pakistan army base

Militants' ringleader captured as commandos end 22-hour siege

Obits in Brief: Captain Les Fernandez

Captain Les Fernandez, who died on 16 July aged 91, was a war hero who parachuted behind enemy lines in 1944 and who worked for the Special Operations Executive training others to do the same – including Violette Szabo, whose story was immortalised in the film Carve Her Name With Pride.

Inglourious Basterds (18)

A while ago, Bryan Ferry put his elegantly shod hoof in his mouth by commenting approvingly that the Nazis “knew how to put themselves in the limelight and present themselves”. Now Quentin Tarantino has managed to find something about the Nazis that he too can relate to: some of them could talk the hind legs off a donkey.

Tragic toll of Britain's Afghan war nears 200

Seven fatalities in seven days brings total number of troops killed to 199

GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra (12A), Stephen Sommers (118 mins)

The director Stephen Sommers, on the strength of his blockbusters The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, is now styled “explosive and visionary”.

G-Force (3D) (PG), Hoyt H Yeatman Jr., 88 mins

The director Hoyt H Yeatman Jr (an American, perchance?) says he got the idea for this adventure movie about guinea pigs as special agents from his five-year-old son. Thanks a lot, kid.

Dissident killings drove us to brink of war, says loyalist

A senior loyalist paramilitary leader has revealed how close Northern Ireland was to being returned to “the dark old days” after the dissident republican murders in March.

UVF has dumped all guns

The UVF and associated Red Hand Commando have decommissioned all weapons under their control, senior loyalists have told the Belfast Telegraph.

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Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

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Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

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'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

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The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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