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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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Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
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BBC heads to the Californian coast

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Can Rafael Benitez get the best out of Gareth Bale at Real Madrid?

Can Benitez get the best out of Bale?

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Athletics World Championships 2015: Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson heptathlon rivalry

Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jess and Kat rivalry

The last time the two British heptathletes competed, Ennis-Hill was on the way to Olympic gold and Johnson-Thompson was just a promising teenager. But a lot has happened in the following three years
Jeremy Corbyn: Joining a shrewd operator desperate for power as he visits the North East

Jeremy Corbyn interview: A shrewd operator desperate for power

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Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief: Defender of ancient city's past was killed for protecting its future

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Could the golden age of the gaming arcade ever be revived in the era of the Xbox?

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The days when coin-ops were the only way to play the latest video games are gone. But a small band of enthusiasts are keeping the button-pushing dream alive
Edinburgh Fringe 2015: The 'tampon tax' has inspired a new wave of female comedians to reclaim period jokes

Heard the one about menstruation?

Yes, if you have been at the Fringe, where period pieces are taking centre stage