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Government will control entire market 'from seed to smoke,' in a bid to curb addiction and drug violence

Violence, By Slavoj Zizek

A dream of divine violence

Roche quits drugs deal with Antisoma

Shares in the cancer specialist Antisoma fell yesterday after the Swiss drug maker Roche pulled out of a partnership to develop two cancer treatments. Roche returned the rights to the lung cancer treatment, AS1404, a potential blockbuster drug, despite promising results from clinical trials. The stock closed down 16 per cent at 19.25p.

Focus: Trillium is proving to be a hot property

High above the City in an anonymous tower block overlooking the Barbican centre the telephone lines are humming red hot. On busy days there may be as many as 1,800 incoming calls and 3,000 outgoing ones. The bright young twenty-somethings who man the phones from 7am to 7pm never know quite what to expect. One moment it might be a complaint about a malfunctioning coffee machine, the next someone requesting an update on an entire office refurbishment.

Obituary: Alan Clark

I KNEW Alan Clark at Eton, where I don't remember his playing the wall game, writes Anthony Blond [further to the obituaries by Alan Watkins and Ion Trewin, 8 September]. He was very much a "slack bob" at Oxford, where he philandered in a large car and insisted on being described by an American newspaper as a "wealthy sportsman", and later in Albany, where we shared his father's set, Alan living in the servant's quarters upstairs.

World's richest man to be its leading philanthropist

BILL GATES' personal charitable foundation is close to being the world's largest after he and his wife donated another $5bn (pounds 3bn).

Delancey buys 6.76% stake in Tops

DELANCEY ESTATES, the property company owned by Jamie Ritblat, son of British Land's John, and the financier George Soros, yesterday announced it had acquired a 6.76 per cent stake in the pounds 118m Tops Estates. In a statement Delancey said: "The acquisition is in line with Delancey's stated policy of acquiring interests in property companies where it believes it can enhance shareholder value."
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A new Russian revolution

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Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

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Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

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The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

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Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried