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James Hall had been forgotten after serving 25 years in prison – until the very different case of the NSA whistleblower brought the intelligence community back into the headlines

Steve Diamond: 'People think I'm stupid for coming back – but I can turn Sale around'

Diamond could be preparing Russia for the World Cup but instead he's back home. He has no regrets, he tells Chris Hewett

Yulia Tymoshenko: the leader looking beyond a revolution

The Monday Interview: Yulia Tymoshenko brought down Ukraine's president. But that makes her nation's current fight look easy, she tells Shaun Walker

And...cut! Credits roll on Steven Soderbergh's career in movies

Steven Soderbergh, one of Hollywood's best-known directors, as deft at making blockbusters as he is small arthouse films, is to quit filmmaking.

Past masters of Futurism

As a London gallery shows the best paintings from a landmark collection of mid-20th-century Italian art, Adrian Hamilton glories in their honesty and energy

Vladimir Putin and the people

Russia's Prime Minister is feared in the West – but adored at home, says Mary Dejevsky. Is the reason we don't trust him that we don't really understand him?

Mikheil Saakashvili: 'The land they took is rocky. Its only use is for attacking us'

The President of Georgia tells Kim Sengupta how he hopes to win support in his struggle against his nation's powerful neighbour, Russia – with a little help from Hollywood

The Experts' Guide To The World: Moscow

Pretty, low-rise architecture, pleasant and tasteful cafés and lazy summer strolls – it's Moscow, but not as we know it. The Russian capital can be a scary beast of a city, but in Patriarch Ponds it reveals its quieter, more domesticated side. There are no ugly Brezhnev concrete apartment blocks, and only a few tacky recent additions. It all makes for an atmosphere that feels almost Parisian, as the chaos and grime of Moscow are left behind.

Hague pledges aid for 'reform' on Tunis visit

William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, yesterday visited Tunisia, the birthplace of the popular protests which have swept through the Arab world, and pledged increased aid to lay the basis for democratic institutions.

Sportsman has become a hero in his homeland

Nodar Kumaritashvili's death shocked his hometown, the picturesque resort of Bakuriani nestled 1,700 metres up in the slopes of the Caucasus Mountains.

Georgian President warns against violence in the region after Moscow attack

Mikheil Saakashvili, the President of Georgia, told The Independent yesterday that attacks like Monday's suicide bombing at a Moscow airport were "payback" for Russia's policies in the North Caucasus, as he compared the country to a "crocodile ready to swallow you up".

Is Elmbridge Britain's Beverly Hills?

The Surrey borough has just been named the best place to live in the country, for the third year in a row. Now, footballers and celebrities are rushing to buy there. Oliver Bennett finds out why

Piano's new superstars hit the wrong notes – and gloriously

At last, says Jessica Duchen, the robotic sterility of recitals is being swept away by young artists for whom personality is as important than accuracy
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Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

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It's oh so quiet!

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'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

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New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
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Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

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'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

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Can meditation be bad for you?

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