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Conservative Coalition brings an end to six years of Labor rule

Family tries to rekindle search for missing boy

THE family of the missing toddler Ben Needham spoke yesterday of their anguish after returning to the Greek island where he vanished nearly three years ago.

Reward hope

THE parents of missing toddler Ben Needham flew to Greece hoping a pounds 20,000 reward will help find their son, who disappeared from the island of Kos in July 1991, aged 21 months.

'Beast' on film

Rosemary Rhodes, a moorland farmer, has captured on film the animal known as the Beast of Bodmin Moor. Experts confirmed that it was either a puma or a black leopard.

TRAVEL / Hobby Holidays: Painting

'THERE is no way to success in art but to take off your coat, grind paint, and work like a digger on the rail-road, all day and every day.' At least that's what Ralph Waldo Emerson felt about painting.

Albanians go barefoot to their barren land: Greece is expelling thousands of immigrant workers, who prefer virtual slave labour to the poverty of home. Tony Barber in Kakavija reports

THEIR CLOTHES were dusty and their faces were burnt from weeks of labour under the Greek sun. Barefoot, bent double beneath sacks of possessions, one spare hand gripping a plastic bag, they staggered along the short stretch of no man's land that marks the border between Greece and Albania.

Law Update: Bunion troubles

Gunpowder as a successful treatment for bunions is just one of the quirky nuggets of information to be found in Tempus Fugit, the adventures of an articled clerk in the 1930s. The author is Clifford Rhodes, a retired provincial solicitor now aged 77, who writes with wit and some nostalgia of his time in the law. (Published by Meredith, Ray & Littler of Salford, price pounds 6.95).

Writers' awards

Nicholas Schoon, the Environment Correspondent of the Independent, was highly commended in the Glaxo/Association of British Science Writers science writers awards. Neil McKenna became the first to win the Mike Rhodes Award in recognition of the 'promotion and understanding of lesbian and gay life' for his 'pioneering' work with the Independent.

Fashion Update: Zandra raids her archives

IF YOUR old Zandra Rhodes handkerchief-hem skirt is still lurking in the wardrobe, dust off the mothballs - for that is what the designer herself is doing.

Abolition of school building rules given firm backing

THE ABOLITION of school building regulations, setting minimum repair and maintenance targets, is being considered by ministers.
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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

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Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform