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From fêted statesman to a fugitive from justice

A senior figure in the regime of Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak and a key International Monetary Fund adviser, Youssef Boutros-Ghali had grown used to being welcomed in some of Britain's most respected think-tanks and academic institutions, dispensing his views on economic and political reform to an array of opinion formers.

Outrage after theft of Waterloo battlefield's 'irreplaceable' cross

A celebrated wooden cross, which miraculously survived a raging inferno during the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, has been stolen from the battlefield. Fears were expressed yesterday that the 400-year-old cross, about 6ft high and 6ft wide, might have been stolen for a wealthy collector obsessed by Waterloo or Napoleon.

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Cycling: US doping inquiry focuses on France

American investigators have interviewed French anti-doping officials at Interpol headquarters in Lyons as part of an investigation into allegations of drug use by cyclists, including the multiple Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.