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The great thing about "counterfactual" history is that anyone can play. If Gordon Brown hadn't been caught making those remarks about a "bigoted woman" might he still be PM? If Hitler had invaded England in 1940 would we all be speaking German? If the judge in the Rivonia trial had sentenced Nelson Mandela to death rather than life in jail?

Morgan commits to Hull KR with four-year deal

The Hull KR coach, Justin Morgan, has agreed a new, four-year contract.

Book Of A Lifetime: Horton Hatches the Egg, By Dr Seuss

I like things big. I adore Palladian villas, monumental Mark Rothkos, vases of gladioli, eagles, 16-ounce T-bone steaks. I can grasp the attractiveness of cottages, Indian miniatures, lilies of the valley, guinea pigs, and roast quail. But it seems to me that, with a little more effort, any of these might make more of itself.

St Helens hold off on Wilkin's knee surgery

The England second-row forward, Jon Wilkin, is likely to miss this autumn's Four Nations tournament after being told that he needs knee surgery.

13 killed in Papua New Guinea plane crash

13 people have perished after their plane went down in dense Papua New Guinea jungle on the way to the Kokoda Track.

Guinea fowl salad with cumin cabbage and mustard dressing

Serves 4 as a main

Witch hunts, murder and evil in Papua New Guinea

A tide of torture and killing of innocent women linked to 'sorcery' and the 'dark arts' is overwhelming the nation's police. Ramita Navai, in Port Moresby, reports

Album: Ba Cissoko, Seno, (Sterns Music)

You wouldn't think that the austere harp-like chime of intertwined koras would sit well with distorted bursts of lead guitar, but this Guinean quartet has a gift for making music that's greater than the sum of its parts.

Stephen Corry: Don't call these people primitive

Michael Buerk's choice of words could not have been more unfortunate

Military seizes power after death of Guinea's 'big man'

Mystery illness ends 25 years of tyrannical rule

Military-led group announces Guinea coup

A group calling itself the National Council for Democracy today announced that Guinea's government has been dissolved.

Sheffield hail 'significant' signing of PNG's Yere

Sheffield Eagles have signed a second member of Papua New Guinea's much-admired World Cup squad. The National League One club have recruited Menzie Yere, a 20-year-old who scored a try from centre against Australia in the tournament.

Smith announces England squad

England will go into Saturday's final World Cup pool match against New Zealand with just two specialist props.

Calderwood ready to fill gap left by Smith's injury

The World Cup is over for two players, but is just about to start for England's Mark Calderwood. The French hooker Julien Rinaldi and the Australian utility back Kurt Gidley have both had their tournaments ended by injury.

England survive New Guinea scare

England 32 Papua New Guinea 22

Stanley Gene: How old a man is Stan?

No one knows his age, but the Papuan great will provide a big test for England in the World Cup tomorrow. By Dave Hadfield in Townsville, Australia
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Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

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It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
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Olivia Jacobs and Ben Caplan
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Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

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Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

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