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Letter: The Blairs at play

Sir: Anne McElvoy rightly draws attention to Mr Blair's lack of caution in accepting the hospitality of an Italian politician. But she has missed a vital political thread.

Right of Reply: The author of the 'Nostradamus Encyclopaedia' replies to Miles Kington's article on the end of the world

MILES KINGTON wonders whether we are not now living in a virtual world, following a virtual Armageddon. He may well wonder. For Nostradamus's much-vaunted prophecy that the end of the world would descend upon us on Sunday was itself a virtual prophecy. In short, he never made it.

Italy told lire cannot ever pull out of euro

CONFIRMING THE suspicions of Eurosceptics that life inside the single currency could be like being stuck in a burning house with no fire escape, Brussels insisted yesterday that Italy cannot legally pull out of the euro.

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Leading Article: The Italians can teach us something about referendums

THE FAILURE of Sunday's referendum in Italy to abolish proportional representation (PR) is first and foremost a blow to referendums - though, through the distorting lens of British politics, some may mistake it for a blow to PR.

Prodi calls for greater EU unity

ROMANO PRODI, the European Commission's incoming president, called for a new phase of political and economic integration in Europe yesterday, and promised a stronger EU would emerge from the crisis that toppled Jacques Santer.

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Why do the Italians have such difficulty deciding how to protect the world's most beautiful city?

Six women in D'Alema's new cabinet

Political realignment: Italy swells the ranks of Europe's new left club, leaving Blair isolated in the centre
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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The man who hunts giants

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The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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