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At least not in the way we perceive them now, he suggests

Athletics: One short race, two angry men

Greene and Montgomery don't like each other at all

Letter: Chechnya's agony

Sir, The Novosti Agency's claim (letter, 10 December) that "bandits", not civilians, are targeted by the Russian security forces in Chechnya is not confirmed by reports in The Independent, eyewitness accounts and testimony collected by international organisations such as the OSCE, Council of Europe and Helsinki Watch.

BAT ups bid to pounds 4.5bn for Canadian giant

BRITISH AMERICAN Tobacco, the world's number two tobacco company, yesterday announced that it had raised its bid for Imasco, the Canadian conglomerate, after it agreed the sale of Imasco's drugstore chain, Shoppers Drug Mart.

THE INVESTMENT COLUMN: Hammerson

THE INVESTMENT COLUMN: Hammerson

Athletics: IAAF picks Wembley to host 2005 event

DAVID MOORCROFT was delighted yesterday after it was announced that the 2005 World Championships will be staged at the revamped Wembley Stadium. The formal decision is not expected until next year, but London has been earmarked for the championships in a long-term deal between bidding cities.

P&O agrees to sell property unit

PENINSULAR & ORIENTAL Steam Navigation, the UK's largest quoted shipping company, has agreed to sell its Canadian property subsidiary, Laing Property, to Canada's Cambridge Shopping Centres. The move is part of a strategy P&O set out in March to sell its property business to focus on cruises, ferries and ports.

Obituary: John Watson-Farrar

WORLD-WIDE, MORE than 500,000 hip joints are replaced annually. Alongside G.K. McKee, John Charnley and Peter Ring, John Watson-Farrar was a pioneer in the development of this operation for hip arthritis.

Peter York on ads: It's the cat's whiskers; NO 284: KISS FM

A good modern radio station can turn an office Hitler into a complete pussycat. Oh, those mad rhythms; they can make a decent man lose control, "when the rhythm starts to play, move with me, make me sway". Particularly if he's a manager with a moustache who looks like a cross between Leonard Rossiter and one of Hale and Pace - heavy, beefy, porky, made of pies, wretched home life, angry with his wife.

PAN-AMERICAN GAMES; `Virtually blind' Runyan holds off 1,500 metre rivals

THE AMERICAN runner Marla Runyan, who is virtually blind, enjoyed a remarkable win in the women's 1,500 metres at the Pan-American Games in Winnipeg after beating off the challenge of Canadian Leah Pells in a photo-finish.

Podium: Canada - the best nation on earth

From a speech to mark Canada Day by the country's Prime Minister, delivered at Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Canada
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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project