News Nosratollah Tajik: 'Somebody should have to accept responsibility for the deterioration of my health'

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

Leading article: Talking sense on immigration

The decision by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to commission a study into the impact of an amnesty for illegal immigrants has not gone down well in Westminster. Mr Johnson's party leader, David Cameron, has refused to endorse the idea, and the Immigration minister, Phil Woolas, has described Mr Johnson as both "naive in the extreme" and a "nincompoop".

Another damp squib, or the start of a real challenge?

Brown back on familiar territory amid new backbench unrest, but this time it could be serious. By Brian Brady and Jane Merrick

Bomb plot: Baggage restrictions wrecked holiday plans

Tough airport baggage restrictions that wrecked holiday travel plans for many thousands of consumers were introduced overnight in the wake of the arrests of the bomb plot gang.

Darling will be nobody's scapegoat

Unusually frank comments have put the PM on the spot

Burns is 'king of sentimental doggerel', says Paxman

Jeremy Paxman may have wept on television when he discovered his poverty-stricken roots in a Glasgow tenement block, but if the Scots thought this would spare them the famous snarling disdain of the BBC's grand inquisitor-in-chief, they were in for a rude awakening.

'Superhacker' bids to halt extradition

A British man accused of the "biggest military computer hack of all time" will make a last desperate plea today to try to stop his extradition to the US.

Islamists guilty of inciting and funding terrorism

An Islamist activist who made militant statements to the press and heckled the then Home Secretary John Reid has been convicted of terrorist fund-raising and inciting terrorism overseas.

Izzadeen guilty of terror charges

Notorious Muslim activist Abu Izzadeen was today found guilty of fundraising for terrorists and inciting terrorism overseas.

You Write The Reviews: Thomas Gould and John Reid, Holywell Music Room, Oxford

Wandering past a posterboard for the Holywell Music Room coffee concerts, it is easy to feel a twinge of jealous admiration for the pro-active types who forego their Sunday morning torpor for a fix of culture and caffeine. The anxiety is quickly soothed, however, with comforting convictions of this breed's rarity. How very unnerving then, on one's first venture to this kind of concert, to encounter a room filled with audience members, as it was at this recital featuring the violinist Thomas Gould and John Reid on the piano.

Policing levels 'unsustainable'

The current number of police officers in England and Wales is unsustainable and will have to fall, an official report said today.

Rousseau's Dog, by David Edmonds & John Eidinow

When the wisest head in Europe blew his top

Secrets Of Success: Shares may not be worth the risk

Well, you cannot say that stock markets have failed to live up to their long-term reputation in the past few days. Investors have once again been reacquainted with the idea that shares earn higher returns for a reason: they are riskier and more volatile than other types of mainstream investment asset.

'Awkward squad' MP Eric Forth dies aged 61

Eric Forth, the Conservative MP and one of the leading members of the Commons "awkward squad", has died from cancer, aged 61. An announcement from Conservative Campaign Headquarters yesterday said he had "died peacefully in his sleep" with his wife, Carol, at his side.

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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

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The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

Michael Calvin's Last Word

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