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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.

The Grim Reaper is taking Mr Major to the brink

The most corrupting thing in political or, indeed, in any other kind of journalism is personal friendship. The next most corrupting is making a forecast. It is so in two respects. The forecaster may try to make out that he has been proved right whatever the evidence to the contrary. He may attempt also by one means or another to make the forecast come true. Against both tendencies I am constantly on my guard.

How Mr Blair has cut himself down to size

Alan Watkins on politics

No new trial for Colin Wallace

The Court of Appeal drew a line under the Colin Wallace affair yesterday, saying the former army information officer should not face a retrial after being cleared of the manslaughter of a friend 16 years ago. SAS-trained Mr Wallace had his conviction quashed by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham, last week.

HUGH WAS THAT?

HUGH GAITSKELL by Brian Brivati, Richard Cohen pounds 25 Politics galor e: Hugh Gaitskell, the 'egotistical and self-seeking, tough and principled'; .leader, could have something to teach New Labour, and why Conservatives hate planners

Got those busybody blues again

CONSERVATIVE REALISM: New Essays In Conservatism ed Kenneth Minogue, HarperCollins pounds 14.99

Letter: MI5 and Wilson's resignation

Sir: I have just seen the video of the recent Channel 4 production of Harold Wilson's resignation in 1976. I feel, for the sake of record, I should add a few details which give a better perspective.

LETTER : Time to come off the fence over East Timor

Andrea Needham aims to end British complicity in Indonesia's genocidal occupation of East Timor. Very good, but unless she confronts the key issue she will never succeed.

Letter:History will honour Wilson

I agree with Alan Watkins (18 August) that Channel 4's Secret History "documentary", "Harold Wilson - the Final Days", was "an utter disgrace". Indeed, I was surprised and disappointed by its unbalanced focus on the sinister, especially since the producer, Simon Berthon, is a television director of great experience as well as professional distinction.

Letter : New Labour, old clashes

Sir: Over recent months it has been occurring to me that history may soon repeat itself when the Labour Party forms the next government.

'First Secretary' Prescott at the helm

John Rentoul reports on the deputy leader's likely role

It couldn't happen here ... could it?

If statistics are to be believed, many people find themselves barely employable by their mid-thirties - an EC directive states that no one over 35 need apply for work with the European Commission, for example - but in politics, and to a lesser extent the law, it seems you can go on and on. The question is: are the oldies to be found in these professions an asset or a liability?

Do you remember the last time?

The last time England hosted a major football tournament, Harold Wilson ruled, the Beatles rolled and Roger Hunt was everywhere. So, in a way, was Phil Shaw, who takes a trip down Route 66

Obituary: Lord Houghton of Sowerby

One of Douglas Houghton's most far-sighted ideas was the proposal he put forward during the Select Committee on the Civil List 1970-71, writes Paul Richards [further to the obituary by Tam Dalyell, 3 May]. The Select Committee, established by Harold Wilson, included Willie Hamilton and Joan Lest-or, and was established to solve the problem of the Civil List failing to keep up with inflation.

Silk tie and silver tongue

Lynne Curry meets the man who has brought a touch of elegance to IT education

M62 and car park ready for Wilson statue

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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth