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For six years the former Iranian ambassador battled accusations he was an arms dealer. Now, he tells Paul Peachey that the political brinkmanship by the UK and the US over his extradition cost him his health

Nearly two-thirds of voters are open to changing the system

Poll shows momentum growing for the alternative vote campaign, even among Tory supporters

Labour split as 114 MPs say 'no' to voting reform

Britain's biggest union is in talks to form an "unholy alliance" with rightwing Conservatives to oppose next year's referendum on electoral reform, The Independent has learnt.

'114 Labour MPs oppose voting change'

Campaigners against a change in the Westminster voting system claimed the support of 114 Labour MPs today in their bid to secure a "no" vote in next May's referendum.

Gove deals blow to voting reform opposition

The "no" campaign for the voting system referendum next year suffered embarrassment today when it was first forced to remove a Cabinet Minister from its list of supporters and then wrongly claimed he was opposed to the switch to the Alternative Vote.

SFA will do 'everything possible' to avoid referee strike

The Scottish Football Association have vowed to do "everything possible" to avert a referees strike at the weekend.

Leading article: The wrong way to protect children

The Home Secretary's decision to extend the provisions of "Sarah's Law" to the whole country was to be expected, although it's no more welcome for all that.

Lennon vows to bring 'thunder' back to Parkhead as he takes full control

As a footballing city, Glasgow is not exactly short on blood and thunder. The Old Firm can generally be relied upon to raise the pulse rate, for better or for worse. Neil Lennon, the former Celtic midfielder who yesterday was confirmed as the club's manager having taken over on an interim basis in March, clearly understands this better than most.

Warning: the nanny state can seriously improve your health

The "nanny state" mostly gets a pasting from critics who dismiss government efforts to make us fitter or slimmer or healthier as unwarranted intrusion into individual's lives.

Cumbria tries to begin the healing process

Church leaders, the Queen, police and ministers all focus on the aftermath of Derrick Bird's rampage

Clegg admits he begged Brown not to quit while he negotiated with Cameron

Nick Clegg confirmed yesterday that he begged Gordon Brown to stay in Downing Street a little longer while he sewed up a coalition deal with David Cameron.

'Crunch time' as parties jockey for power

Negotiations between the political parties over the shape of the next government were reaching a heightened pitch today, with some sources expecting a conclusion before the end of the day.



'You ruined my life', Blair told in fit of rage

Gordon Brown told Tony Blair "you ruined my life" in a fierce showdown between the two men shortly before the former Prime Minister agreed to stand down, according to the latest allegations to emerge from a book about New Labour.

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John Reid: The enduring implications of the fall of the Berlin Wall

The fall of the Berlin Wall, on November 9, 1989, was one of history’s truly epochal moments. During what became a revolutionary wave sweeping across the former Eastern Bloc countries, the announcement by the then-East German Government that its citizens could visit West Germany set in train a series of events that led, ultimately, to the demise of the Soviet Union itself.

Waiting list patients will get right to go private

Patients forced to wait 18 weeks for treatment on the NHS will be given a new legal right to receive it from the private sector.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
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Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
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Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

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The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

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