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Letter: Middle East hopes

Sir: As your editorial (8 February) points out, the initiative of Condoleezza Rice is barely the start of a just peace process in the Middle East. When a recent poll has shown that over one-third of the US electorate believes in the literal truth of the Bible, which states that extensive areas of the Middle East were awarded by God to the Jews, it is hardly likely that the Americans will exercise strict impartiality. The Bible has much to commend it but it is hardly a title to real estate.

Rice calls for new chapter in relations with `Old Europe'

THE US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, called last night for a "new chapter" in US-European relations, which would set aside differences over Iraq and push forward Washington's "freedom" agenda. In her first major policy speech since she took office last month - a speech pointedly made in Paris - Ms Rice said the world stood on the threshold of an "era of great opportunity".

Letter: Out of step

Sir: In the article "Target Iran" (5 February) you quote Condoleezza Rice as saying "Iranian behaviour is out of step with the direction and desires of the international community". If she truly believes this then she will not have any problem with making a commitment for America to take action against Iran only if it is backed by an unambiguous resolution passed by the UN.

A moment for peace

Arafat is gone; US policy is transformed. Today, Israel and the Palestinians declare a truce after four years of bloodshed. Is this really a new beginning?

Official: Campbell back on party payroll to head Blair's `dirty tricks' unit

n Key new election role for former spin chief n Fresh round of attacks on Howard planned

Bush presses UN to speed pace of inspections

America fears United Nations will hold up preparations for war as significance of warheads find is played down
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Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

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Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

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Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

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Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

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Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

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First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
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Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

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When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible
Look what's mushrooming now! Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector

Look what's mushrooming now!

Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector
Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

The vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg

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Bill Granger's cracking egg recipes
Terry Venables: Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back

Terry Venables column

Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back
Michael Calvin: Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged, says Michael Calvin