Sport Arsene Wenger looks on from the Arsenal bench

Wenger has confirmed though that any moves are far from complete with the 11pm Friday deadline approaching

Kidnapped, By Colin Freeman

As of now, writes Colin Freeman, more than 700 mariners are being held hostage on the Somali coast. As the Sunday Telegraph's foreign correspondent, kidnapped by Somali pirates while reporting on that very subject, Freeman speaks from experience.

Martin Johnson calm over RFU chaos

Martin Johnson has insisted the recent chaos at the Rugby Football Union has not impacted on England's World Cup preparations.

Chris Blackhurst appointed Editor of The Independent

Independent Print Limited (IPL) today announces the appointment of Chris Blackhurst as Editor of the Independent.

Mayoral aide quits over 'stealing' comments

One of Boris Johnson's aides has resigned over comments he made about shoplifting from high street chains.

Letter from the editor: Accessible and affordable

The London Evening Standard, a stablemate of ours, is running a really excellent campaign at the moment in which it is highlighting the shocking literacy rate in the capital, especially among children.

I was stupid but not angry, claims Prior

Matt Prior has admitted he felt "stupid" following the incident at Lord's in which a dressing-room window was smashed.

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Novelist Josephine Hart dies

Writer Josephine Hart whose debut novel sold more than one million copies has died.

Scott Parker admits he will have to consider West Ham future

Scott Parker admits West Ham's hopes of staving off relegation do not look good and that he may have to consider a future away from the club.

Evgeny Lebedev: The Voices of the Press in an Open Society

Following is the full text of the speech by Evgeny Lebedev, chairman of the Evening Standard and The Independent, delivering the inaugural lecture of the Gorbachev Lecture Series on Press Freedom this evening at Christ Church College, Oxford University.

Invisible Ink: No 74 - Caryl Brahms and S J Simon

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Half say cuts raise terror risk

One in two people think the cuts in police funding will increase the risk of a deadly terrorist attack, a survey showed today.

Theatre giants Hall and Gambon honoured at Standard awards

London is lauded as the true home of global drama

'Evening Standard' wins top awards

The Independent's sister newspaper, the London Evening Standard, has won two of the most prestigious accolades in publishing, being named Media Brand of the Year and also receiving the Grand Prix Gold at the Media Week awards.

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