Life and Style Night owls: Charles Darwin, Winston Churchill and Keith Richards

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Four Americans killed in attack on council meeting in Shia stronghold

Ten people, including two US government workers and two US soldiers, were killed yesterday when a bomb went off at a council meeting in the Baghdad stronghold of the Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

Fears for health of Briton staging hunger strike in Guantanamo Bay

There are growing fears for the health of a British resident held in Guantanamo Bay after it emerged that he has begun a hunger strike in protest over American plans to put him on trial for alleged terror offences.

Ioan Gruffudd to play Blair on film

The Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd is tipped to be cast as Tony Blair in a forthcoming Oliver Stone biopic on the life of George Bush.

Age of laptop diplomacy dawns as power moves to East and Africa

Make way for the "laptop diplomat": change is coming to the rarefied atmosphere of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Kenya on brink of violence as Annan suspends talks

Kenya was teetering on the brink of a return to violence last night, as the former UN secretary general Kofi Annan suspended negotiations on a political settlement aimed at restoring peace to the country that had been Africa's most stable democracy until disputed elections.

Miliband apologises over rendition flights

Foreign Secretary David Miliband apologised to MPs today after admitting that US "special rendition" flights had twice landed on British soil in contravention of earlier Government assurances.

Falkender sees red over Wheen's 'Lavender List'

* One of the grandest dames of British politics is dusting down her sword of truth. Lady Falkender of West Haddon has decided to take on the BBC over its docudrama, The Lavender List.

Gordon Brown: Without democracy, development is likely to go wrong

From a speech by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef), delivered in London

Shirin Ebadi: Attacking Iran would bring disaster, not freedom

It is hard not to see America's focus on human rights in Iran as a cloak for its larger strategic interests
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