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The country was the breakaway Republic of Biafra, which seceded from Nigeria in 1967, in response to the continuing persecution of the Igbo people.

Benny Bailey

Jazz trumpeter of tremendous stamina and technique

Fastest rise in spending since Wilson era puts Brown's golden rule at risk

Government spending is rising at the fastest rate since Harold Wilson was Labour prime minister almost 30 years ago, figures showed yesterday.

New Prescott gaffe reopens row over Blair leadership

John Prescott raised fresh doubts about Tony Blair's premiership yesterday when he compared the Prime Minister to Harold Wilson in the days before he stood down from No 10.

Triumph is a tonic for the national ego, but less so for Blair

Victory prompts a celebrity welcome for the players and a boost to the economy but the political effect will be muted

Exam crisis: Education chiefs who are facing a stern examination

Morris confronted by first serious challenge

World Cup Diary

South Korean politicians jump on bandwagon following victory over Poland

Churchill voted top PM of the century

WINSTON CHURCHILL was the greatest Prime Minister of the 20th century, according to a new survey. The Conservative whose leadership inspired Britain through the Second World War beat the last Liberal Prime Minister David Lloyd George into second place and Churchill's successor, Labour's Clement Atlee, into third.

Right of Reply: Benjamin Wegg-Prosser

A former special adviser to Peter Mandelson responds

Letter: Backward logic

ARE LABOUR's spin-doctors so football-mad that they can't tell reality from fantasy ("Carve-up or cock-up?", 5 December)?
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No postcode? No vote

Floating voters

How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor