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

DUP leader talks to paramilitaries

Democratic Unionist Party leader Peter Robinson has held talks with loyalist paramilitary groups to secure their full support for peace, it was revealed last night.

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Marine killed by friendly fire a victim of inadequate training

A royal marine shot dead by another British soldier in Afghanistan was the victim of inadequate training procedures which led to the "friendly fire" incident, an inquest has found.

Team of female commandos to protect cricketer from his fans

When the India cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni went for a haircut in his home town of Ranchi a couple of years ago, so many adoring female fans showed up that the police had to be called.

French commandos seize Somali pirates after yacht hostages freed

Controversy swirled last night around a daring French commando raid on Somali pirates who had been holding a luxury French sailing cruise ship in the Indian Ocean.

Coleridge country's pleasures are measureless to man

pring is here, so celebrate by exploring the Somerset countryside that inspired the poet and keen walker. Raymond Whitaker takes a hike

Commandos sent home after naked bar stunt

Eight Barnstaple-based British commandos have been flown home from Norway after reportedly stripping and urinating on each other during an Arctic training exercise.

Farzana Shaikh: Pakistan's army will still be the final arbiter

Tomorrow's election will make little difference

Cost of staging Olympic Games could be twice original estimate

Planners of the 2012 London Olympics have admitted for the first time that the cost of staging the Games would be "significantly higher" than previous estimates.

Maxine Frith: The pointless new Minister for Aerobics

Most fat people know they are fat. They do not need a campaign to inform them of that fact

Royal Mail staff to get £5,000 in shares

£3bn bail-out for postal operator. Workforce will own 20%. Funds to plug pensions deficit

Commando admits he performed brutal initiation on soldier

ELITE BRITISH soldiers in Iraq subjected their comrades to humiliating initiation ceremonies that included dousing victims in urine and faeces, a court martial heard yesterday.

Commando admits he inflicted brutal rituals on soldier

Elite British soldiers in Iraq subjected their comrades to humiliating ceremonies that included dousing victims in urine and faeces, a court martial heard yesterday.

Referee's light touch forces All Blacks into late dash

New Zealand 23 - South Africa 21
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A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
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Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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