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Seven extremely rare photographs of Churchill have been restored and rescued from a barn in Cirencester

Mellor scorns `pyrrhic victory' on hand-guns

David Mellor, the former Home Office minister, led four Conservative rebel MPs last night in mounting a powerful attack on the Government's refusal to ban all handguns.

Cover Story: Flush Brush Flush!

This mantra to toilet-cleaning has been drummed into generations of debutantes at a posh school in Eastbourne, along with lessons in ironing, bed-making and dusting chairs. But after almost a century, Britain's finishing schools are reeling from social ch

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Handgun ban in sight

An almost complete ban on handguns, including semi-automatic weapons like those used in the Dunblane massacre, will be announced by the government today.

Newcomers display the survival instinct

Derby County 1 Sunderland 0

Obituary: Bruce Lidington

The actor Bruce Lidington packed a full and sadly short life with service to others, both in his work with the Liberal Democrats and, since 1995, as the National Chair of the charity Families Need Fathers, an organisation dedicated to keeping fathers in contact with their children. Had he lived, there is little doubt that he would have become a leading national figure in the field of child welfare.

lazing on a sunny afternoon - or any other come to that

It's 3pm on Thursday. You're hard at work. They're loafing around in a smart cafe. Who are they?

Laugh? We nearly dropped your drawers

Did you hear the one about the removals outfit that sent its workforce on a training course so they could learn to laugh? Everyone was tickled pink. By Andrew G Marshall

Speaker tells MPs to stop cheering leaders

In a clear sign that the Commons is becoming increasingly embarrassed about its "bear garden" image, the Speaker Betty Boothroyd yesterday ordered MPs to end the practice of cheering the entry to the chamber of John Major and Tony Blair for Question Time.

There ain't nothing like a Dame disturbed

She doesn't know it, but for some time now I have been carrying a torch for Dame Peggy Fenner. Twice a week, instead of attending to the mundane and drab business of argument about how the country is being run, I look down from my eyrie in the press gallery and watch her.

Letter: Arrest me

Sir: A spectator at a football match has been found guilty of using "threatening words and behaviour" for swearing and gesticulating at a Manchester United player (report, 3 May). I hope the legal system is able to cope with the workload which will follow this precedent. I await a visit from the authorities while asking for 3,264 similar offences to be taken into consideration.

Birth-error boy awarded pounds 800,000

A five-year-old boy who functions at the level of a three-month- old baby after a devastating introduction to life was yesterday awarded pounds 799,787 agreed High Court damages.

Letter: Leap-year bug

Sir: The suggested solution to the Millennium Bug, deducting 50 from the year (letter, 20 April), will put the computer user out of step with the sequence of leap years. Alignment can be restored by deducting 28 or 56 instead. Another illustration of the problems that can be caused by oversimplified fixes.

LETTER : BSE: science is doing all it can

Sir: The response from scientists and laymen to your leading article on BSE and science reminds me of the comment of that great cynic George Bernard Shaw: "Science is always wrong; it never solved a problem without creating ten more."

Alford enlivens quiet night at Rushden

Non-League notebook The two most valuable strikers in the non-League game enhanced their reputations with a goal each in the England semi-professional side's 3- 1 victory over the Netherlands at Rushden & Diamonds on Tuesday.
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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
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
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
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
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10 best PS4 games

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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
Markus Persson: If being that rich is so bad, why not just give it all away?

That's a bit rich

The billionaire inventor of computer game Minecraft says he is bored, lonely and isolated by his vast wealth. If it’s that bad, says Simon Kelner, why not just give it all away?
Euro 2016: Chris Coleman on course to end half a century of hurt for Wales

Coleman on course to end half a century of hurt for Wales

Wales last qualified for major tournament in 1958 but after several near misses the current crop can book place at Euro 2016 and end all the indifference
Rugby World Cup 2015: The tournament's forgotten XV

Forgotten XV of the rugby World Cup

Now the squads are out, Chris Hewett picks a side of stars who missed the cut
A groundbreaking study of 'Britain's Atlantis' long buried at the bottom of the North Sea could revolutionise how we see our prehistoric past

Britain's Atlantis

Scientific study beneath North Sea could revolutionise how we see the past