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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.

Games Review: Bionic Commando Rearmed

PlayStation 3 (PSN), Xbox 360 (XBLA), Sony, £6.99/£6.80

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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Synagogue attack: Fear unites both sides of Jerusalem as minister warns restoring quiet could take 'months'

Terror unites Jerusalem after synagogue attack

Rising violence and increased police patrols have left residents of all faiths looking over their shoulders
Medecins sans Frontieres: The Ebola crisis has them in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa

'How do you carry on? You have to...'

The Ebola crisis has Medecins sans Frontieres in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa
Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Residents in what was Iraq’s safest city fear an increase in jihadist attacks, reports Patrick Cockburn
Underwater photography competition winners 2014 - in pictures

'Mysterious and inviting' shot of diver wins photography competition

Stunning image of cenote in Mexico takes top prize
Sir John Major: Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting

Sir John Major hits out at theatres

Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting
Kicking Barbie's butt: How the growth of 3D printing enabled me to make an army of custom-made figurines

Kicking Barbie's butt

How the growth of 3D printing enabled toy-designer to make an army of custom-made figurines
Will Smith's children have made waves with a gloriously over-the-top interview, but will their music match their musings?

What are Jaden and Willow on about?

Will Smith's children have made waves with a gloriously over-the-top interview, but will their music match their musings?
Fridge gate: How George Osborne keeping his fridge padlocked shows a frosty side to shared spaces

Cold war

How George Osborne keeping his fridge padlocked shows a frosty side to shared spaces
Stocking fillers: 10 best loo books

Stocking fillers: 10 best loo books

From dogs in cars to online etiquette, while away a few minutes in peace with one of these humorous, original and occasionally educational tomes
Malky Mackay appointed Wigan manager: Three texts keep Scot’s rehabilitation on a knife-edge

Three texts keep Mackay’s rehabilitation on a knife-edge

New Wigan manager said all the right things - but until the FA’s verdict is delivered he is still on probation, says Ian Herbert
Louis van Gaal: the liberal, the enemy and... err, the poet

Louis van Gaal: the liberal, the enemy and... err, the poet

‘O, Louis’ is the plaintive title of a biography about the Dutchman. Ian Herbert looks at what it tells us about the Manchester United manager
Isis in Iraq: Baghdad hails the retaking of the Baiji oil refinery as the start of the long fightback against the Islamist militants

Isis takes a big step back

Baghdad hails the retaking of the Baiji oil refinery as the start of the long fightback against the Islamist militants
Bill Cosby: America’s beloved TV ‘dad’ or serial rapist?

Bill Cosby: America’s beloved TV ‘dad’ or serial rapist?

Ukip silk bow ties, Green Party T-shirts, and 'Iron Baby' romper suits: How to shop politically

How to shop politically

Ukip silk bow ties, Green Party T-shirts, and 'Iron Baby' romper suits
The science of sex: What happens when science meets erotica

Sex on the brain

Fetishes, dominatrixes, kinks and erotica. They are subjects that should get the crowds flocking to a new exhibition at the Wellcome Collection