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After a yes vote in September’s referendum the two countries are brought to the brink of the first Anglo-Scottish war for five centuries by a menacing deadlock over whether the pound will survive north of the border. Scotland has seized control of Trident.

Babies charged £100 for 2012 tickets

It was the promise of the legacy, it is commonly agreed, that won the Games for London, that and David Beckham. But babies will not be welcome at the Summer Olympics, to the undisguised fury of ticket-holding parents.

Royal Mail secures long-term future of Post Office

The Government has secured the future of the Post Office under a 10-year deal giving certainty to postmasters, ministers announced today.

John Coleman has left Accrington to take the job

John Coleman confirmed as Rochdale manager

Rochdale have confirmed the appointment of John Coleman as their new manager.

Organ donations will not hit target

Patients in need of life-saving kidney donations are dying because of a failure by the Government to encourage people to donate their organs when they die, according to the head of a leading charity.

John Terry battles for the ball with Norwich’s Steve Morison

Chelsea appeals for calm undermined by chants allegation

Norwich 0 Chelsea 0

UK ticketholder wins £41m in weekly Euro draw

An unidentified UK ticketholder has scooped the £41m Euro lottery jackpot.

Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s, By Jennifer Worth

Down-to-earth memoirs that gave birth to a TV series

Games Britannia aims to rule computing education

Britain is set to host its biggest ever videogame education festival this Summer.

Royal yacht cash pledge is 'brilliant news', say project's organisers

A pledge by Lord Ashcroft to donate up to £5 million towards a new royal yacht to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee was described as "brilliant news" by the project's organisers today.

Tom Wood set to miss Six Nations opener

Tom Wood has been ruled out of England's first two RBS 6 Nations fixtures with a toe injury, the Rugby Football Union have confirmed.

Slovenian skier Tina Maze pictured in action at the race in Austria where she was accused of wearing banned underwear

Skiing: Downhill hits the skids over plastic underwear row

The deeply competitive world of downhill skiing is being rocked by a heated dispute about plastic underwear and whether wearing such garments on the slopes gives racers an unfair aerodynamic advantage over their rivals.

The Olympic Stadium site in Stratford

London 2012: Slower traffic... Higher fares... Longer delays

Excitement over this summer's Olympics is building fast. But the latest news on transport arrangements suggests that, for millions, the initial impact of the Games will have little to do with speed

Brighton v Wrexham FA Cup replay postponed

Brighton's FA Cup third-round replay against Wrexham at the Racecourse Ground, scheduled for this evening, has been postponed because of a frozen pitch.

The Business Week In Review: Tim Cook, Persimmon, and Olympus

In profit...

Tim Cook had big shoes to fill, now he needs a wallet to match. It emerged that Steve Jobs's successor at Apple was awarded a compensation package of nearly $400m in 2011, in a deal structured to keep him at the helm for a decade. Cue: uproar and yet more cross words over executive pay.

Emelia Gorecka crosses the line at the European Cross-country Championships

London Eye: Cross-country trail runs through Woods

The best-known member of Aldershot, Farnham and District Athletics Club – past or present – has been in the news this week. It was announced on Tuesday that Zola Budd is to run in the 56-mile Comrades Marathon in South Africa in June – the ultimate running challenge for the woman who famously tangled with Mary Decker in the 3,000m at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984.

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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
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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

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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

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