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The Pope described abortion as part of modern ‘throwaway culture’ which has grown to encompass human beings themselves

Evel begets Evel as the daredevil son of Knievel outjumps father's record

When, on 30 November last year, Robert Craig (Evel) Knievel died in his bed aged 69, not just America but the whole world lost a legend. He was, after all, the most daring and the most successful stuntman ever to have lived.

Harley Night Rod: Harley is back in black

The renaissance of the Hog continues. Tim Luckhurst takes a Pyreneean tour on the stylish new Night Rod

The Heart of America - Road royalty

Route 66

Bikes for real riders, not toys for a mid-life crisis

This is the bike to prove the Harley-haters wrong. Tim Luckhurst rides the latest Sportster, built for a new generation

Cult of Marcos rises among his former subjects

Frontline: ABRA PROVINCE, THE PHILIPPINES

Portrait: Mr big shot

He's got the Roller, the jewellery and he admits that being a villain draws the women. But Dave Courtney - who inspired Vinnie Jones' character in `Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' - also bears the scars of his life of crime

Theatre: Review: Money matters

THE SPECULATOR ROYAL LYCEUM THEATRE EDINBURGH

Graceland: Palace fit for The King

Chandeliers and shag-pile abound, but for all its gaudy excess, there are good reasons why Graceland, Elvis Presley's home for 22 years, has become a rock'n'roll shrine, writes Harold Evans. Photographs by Sheva Fruitman

Peerless moment for two lords of the ring

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Real Clothes: A design of pure genius

The white T-shirt is the single item of clothing that just about everybody owns. Lots of folk don't wear jeans, or possess a leather jacket (the other two "staples"), but nearly everyone has a white T-shirt of some description (even if it is almost hidden under football insignia).

Flat Earth: Born to be dull

The recent launch in Denmark of Ford's "Born To be Wild" car ad - the one featuring Dennis Hopper driving a Ford Cougar side by side with his younger self on a Harley-Davidson in the film Easy Rider - incensed the local Friends of the Earth. They think it is a bad influence: not on young tearaways, but on the over-50s.

Classical Review: Biker bassoonists from hell

PHILHARMONIA/ZINMANQUEEN ELIZABETH HALL

Motoring: Harley is the leader of the gang - again

Just as its competitors were gaining, Harley-Davidson launches a dynamic new model
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Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
10 best PS4 games

10 best PS4 games

Can’t wait for the new round of blockbusters due out this autumn? We played through last year’s offering
Transfer window: Ten things we learnt

Ten things we learnt from the transfer window

Record-breaking spending shows FFP restraint no longer applies
Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

... and not just because of Isis vandalism
Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

Girl on a Plane

An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent