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My tally is in my head rather than on my laptop. Not being a high-flying politician, I guess my enemies are fewer and easier to remember than hers are.

COMEDY GIG OF THE WEEK

Jackie Mason tonight and tomorrow The Embassy Rooms, London W1

Court `worse than rape' for girl victim

CHILDREN ARE being failed by the legal system with many forced to testify in a hostile and insensitive court atmosphere, it was claimed yesterday.

Will no one challenge this god?

THIS YEAR'S Reith lectures, given by Anthony Giddens, ended last night. Am I the only person on this planet who found most (not all) of what I heard unconvincing, at times even trite?

Don't stand by him, Hillary

She's a busted flush if she sticks by her husband; her credibility can't be sustained if she sanctions his behaviour

Leading article: The stained presidency

IT IS over. The grotesque legal spectacle in Washington ended at last on Friday when the Senate voted to acquit President Clinton of perjury and obstruction of justice. We might like to think that the whole dreamlike - or nightmarish - episode which began more than a year ago is over too. Clinton has survived, true, but it would be absurd to claim that he has emerged untarnished, or that the United States will easily recover from the squalor surrounding this presidency. Certainly, not everyone will have been reassured by the Clinton aide who was quoted yesterday as saying that it was now business as usual in the White House. Will they be passing round the cigars this weekend?

Books: Feasting on stale bread and blown roses

What Do Women Want? by Erica Jong Bloomsbury, pounds 14.99, 202pp; Women want more than this self-regarding froth, says Ann Treneman

Why do we still ignore the screams of abused children?

There is a child I know who I feel is being abused, but I have sat on my conscience for months

The strange allure of Hillary Clinton

Her hair seems to have sneaked up and surprised her from behind; her look is cheery, not come-to-bed

Letter: Now for Hillary

Sir: With this year's American elections over, the starting gun has been fired for the those due in 2000 and already a probable pairing of presidential candidates can be seen. For the Republicans, George W Bush, governor of Texas - but only after a bruising and divisive contest with the religious forces that dominate the right wing of the party. He might find it necessary to placate them with his choice of vice-presidential candidate, to achieve a "balanced ticket".

Net revives Hillary's `affair'

RUMOURS RESURFACED over the weekend that Bill Clinton was not alone in breaking his marriage vows, but that his wife, Hillary, was also involved in at least one extra-marital affair.

From cowboys to the psychiatrist's couch

The Saturday Essay: Every nation needs its myths but the American ideal of rugged individualism is disintegrating

Clinton in crisis: Hillary's role is crucial

THE NEXT few days will be crucial for Hillary Rodham Clinton. Her words, gestures and appearances will help to determine public attitudes towards the scandal which threatens to plunge her and her husband into ignominy, writes Andrew Marshall.

Hillary speech avoids state of union

SHE FLEW into Belfast, one of the most powerful women in the world, ready to speak out for women's rights and their key role in the Irish peace process. It didn't matter - all everyone wanted to know was whether she was still furious with her philandering husband.

During Watergate, the writer Gore Vidal was quoted as saying he couldn't wait to get out of bed each morning to get his daily fill of the scandal's latest developments. In recent conversation with his old friend, Michael Mewshaw, he was asked: `Do you feel the same about Clinton and Zippergate?'

GV: There is a certain dull monotony to the attacks on Clinton. For one thing, he himself is well-liked and no one save the mad (all right - half the American people should probably serve some time in a cloistered bin) finds him at all like Nixon who, at every full moon became a werewolf, to the applause, no doubt, of the binnable half.
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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?