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“I’ve been second all my life. I’m tired of being second. I am done with it”

Leading article: Honest failure

Lord Pearson of Rannoch may not have made a great impression during his nine months as leader of the UK Independence Party, but he deserves to make more of a splash with his resignation statement. He had learnt, he said, that he was "not much good at party politics, which I do not enjoy". He would step down at the party's conference next month, to devote more time to his other interests.

Lib Dems gear up for their biggest ever conference

The Liberal Democrats are preparing for the biggest conference in their history following their decision to form a coalition with the Conservatives.

Beckham nears return to training

David Beckham could be back in training by the end of August, his LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said yesterday.

Full face swap patient braves cameras

The world's first full face transplant patient made his public debut before cameras today.

Diamond impasse over Zimbabwe

A diamond oversight body has failed to decide about whether to allow trade with Zimbabwe at a deadlocked conference in Israel. The Kimberley Process group monitors the trade, banning the purchase of diamonds from nations where the proceeds could be used to buy weapons and finance insurrections – so-called "blood diamonds".

Doctors' errors may allow rapists to go free

Rapists and child sex abusers are escaping justice because doctors who examine their victims are making too many errors, a senior member of the British Medical Association is reported as saying.

Semenya news conference cancelled

South Africa's sports ministry have cancelled a press conference at short notice to announce a decision on women's world 800 metres champion Caster Semenya's possible return to competition.

Victory for mother as inquest quashed

A mother who has fought a seven-year campaign to discover why her Jewish son died after attending a conference of far-right extremists in Germany has won the right to have a second inquest into his death.

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New Zealand's premier offends Maori tribe by cracking cannibal joke

The Prime Minister of New Zealand apologised yesterday for joking that he would have been part of the meal had he attended a dinner with a Maori tribe whose history includes cannibalism.

Head backs 'old school' play

A return to the days of snowball fights and tree climbing in the school playground will be demanded today by a leading independent school headmaster.

Morales creates Mother Earth Ministry

An indigenous Bolivian man attends the closing ceremony of the World's Pople Conference on Climate Change in Cochamaba, hosted by the country's President Evo Morales.

My Week: Aaron Porter

The new president of the National Union of Students reflects on a nerve-racking election triumph

Doctors: take 'bottled sunshine' pills

It is called "bottled sunshine" and we should all be taking more of it, doctors said yesterday.

A foreign affair - bringing young people and politics together

Essex student Joe Bennett, 16, wants to attend the Global Young Leaders Conference in America this summer with three other students and a teacher from his school.
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The US economy is under threat because of its neglected infrastructure

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