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A handful of retired constituents delivering their local MP a petition might not sound the most terrifying of prospects, but it prompted one Tory politician to call for police protection.

Tony Juniper: Acts of populism cannot conceal a lack of leadership

Considering the political and scientific consensus that has emerged on the urgent need to slash emissions of carbon dioxide, yesterday's Budget falls a long way short of not only what is necessary, but also what was possible to do.

Nuclear clean-up bill £12bn higher than predicted

Decommissioning Britain's growing radioactive waste mountain is likely to cost the taxpayer £12bn more than previous highest estimates, raising fresh questions about the expense of the new generation of nuclear power stations.

Juniper steps down with attack on Brown

Gordon Brown's leadership on environmental issues is flawed, according to Tony Juniper, who is stepping down as director of Friends of the Earth (FoE).

Leading article: A waste of energy

Several years ago, when confronted with the environmental damage inflicted by gas-powered patio heaters, B&Q sought solace in the old arms dealers' defence: "If we do not sell them, then our competitors will."

Destruction of rainforest accelerates despite outcry

The destruction of the Amazon rainforest has surged in the past four months, raising the prospect of 2008 being a disastrous year for the world's most important eco-system, a senior Brazilian government scientist has warned.

Advice on cutting rape sentences is criticised by victims' groups

Rapists will receive reduced prison sentences if the victim has withdrawn her consent to sex at the last minute, under new guidelines for judges.

Hi-tech hotspot of the North

Teesside's future is digital, as the university helps technology boffins to create cutting-edge businesses. Lucy Hodges reports

Dominic Lawson: A hard-line Marxist distortion of history

It was the British Empire so loathed by Ken Loach that helped to preserve the freedoms he enjoys today

I reacted far too quickly, admits cup final referee

The referee for Wednesday night's European Cup final, Terje Hauge, has admitted that he may have acted too hastily in sending off the Arsenal goalkeeper, Jens Lehmann, in the 18th minute of the game.

Britons in revolt against 'hideous' Tescos

The backlash has begun. Shares in Tesco, the nation's most popular supermarket, rose to a record high last week. But in towns and cities around the country the once unstoppable chain is meeting a campaign of opposition which claims that high streets have been ruined by an invasion of the brash new Tesco Express convenience stores.

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Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
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but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
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