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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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

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?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

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
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there