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

There's a slow train coming in the wilds of Canada

Stephen Wood braves an extreme-weather warning, battles rail schedules and finds chilly enlightenment on the tree-lined slopes of Jasper

Ahmadinejad sounds defiant nuclear note

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed on Friday that the West will not deprive Iran of nuclear technology, sounding a defiant note as the Big Powers stepped up pressure to accept a new package of incentives to stop sensitive nuclear activities.

Racing: Soumillon can rely on Riyalma to lift Oaks

Jockeys from across the Channel have perpetrated some infamous bungles at Epsom over the years, but nobody is entertaining the possibility of le coq-up sportif over the next two days.

GNER takes Rail Regulator to court over east coast line

The Rail Regulator, Chris Bolt, is being taken to the High Court over his decision to allow increased competition between train operators on the east coast mainline between London and north-east England.

Muttiah Muralitharan: All-action hero

He divides cricketing opinion like no other bowler. The extraordinary Sri Lankan has taken more than 600 Test wickets but been labelled a cheat. Muttiah Muralitharan talked to Angus Fraser about convincing the doubters, the new delivery he is still perfecting and how he concentrates on sport amid the political turmoil in his homeland

Is this the time to develop a thirst for water stocks?

A scarce resource usually means a chance to invest. Jenne Mannion dips a toe in

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I've had the Ikea experience. I've been there. I've been through their checkout and noted its resemblance to Hades - the crepuscular gloom, the dungeon lighting, the mile-long shuffling queue, the glum, sickly faces, the trolleys piled high with flat-pack cardboard units. It was horrible. But among the reports from the Battle of Edmonton ("It was dog- eat-dog on the North Circular Road," as one local put it), the people who fought over the sofas deserve our sympathy. Some flung their bodies onto the button-backed cushions and refused to leave until their right to own the sofa was acknowledged. But once they then got up, and seized one end of the three-seater to bear it away in triumph, nothing could stop another soft-furnishing zealot coming and lying down on the bloody thing, refusing to leave in his turn. Get off, you scumbag. No, you get off. It could have gone on for hours. You cannot, you see, manhandle a sofa through a checkout queue and stop interlopers sitting on it. I think the good people of Ikea have just identified a new definition of Hell.

Letter: Traditions of the hunt

Sir: Meredith Stranges from Ontario wishes to visit a "Merrie Olde Englande" theme park to pursue the love of ripping wild animals apart (letter, 1 February). I live in rural Devon and the hunt sickens me. Meredith Stranges is right about one thing though, it is a class issue; the issue being that when other animal torments such as bear- baiting and dog-fighting were made illegal, the gentry didn't feel the need to rid themselves of their own favourite form of animal torture.

Canadian minister resigns over 'pizza for asylum' scandal

Canada's embattled immigration minister, who once called herself the "minister of hopes and dreams", resigned last night amid allegations that she promised an Indian pizza restaurant owner asylum if he would provide food for her campaign workers.

Robinson torments pointless Canadians

England 70 - Canada 0

Inspirational Robinson in seventy heaven

Rather appropriately, there was worship in the air at Twickenham yesterday.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003