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

Independent Scotland `within eight years'

ALEX SALMOND, leader of the Scottish National Party, predicted yesterday that Scotland will be independent within eight years.

Racing: Goodwood washed out

TORRENTIAL RAIN caused the abandonment of yesterday's meeting at Goodwood with two races to run. A 7.30am inspection will determine whether today's card can take place.

Racing: Reid's career on the rise with Maktoum role

THE REHABILITATION of John Reid will be completed this week when the jockey signs a contract to ride for Maktoum Al Maktoum, the oldest member of the most powerful family in racing.

Racing: Fallon fires Stoute into Leger form

Doncaster St Leger Meeting: A trainer seeking to complete his Classic collection this week returns to winning ways

Blair goes on the stump in Hamilton

TONY BLAIR threw his weight behind the Labour by-election campaign in Hamilton South with a visit to the constituency yesterday.

About turn for Labour over gays in military

THE MINISTRY of Defence is set to defy Labour MPs by keeping a ban on homosexuals in the armed forces until after the next general election.

Racing: Reid to take Fallon's place on Leger hope

JOHN REID will replace the suspended Kieren Fallon on Iscan in the St Leger a week on Saturday. Fallon, successful in three of the four Classics run so far this season and due to partner the Michael Stoute- trained colt, was ruled out of the final three days of the Doncaster meeting after receiving a five-day ban for careless riding at Ripon on Tuesday.

SNP furious at Robertson by-election

TONY BLAIR was last night accused of abusing the peerage system after elevating George Robertson, the Secretary of State for Defence, to the House of Lords, thereby forcing an early by-election in Scotland and catch the Scottish National Party off guard.

Robertson's move points to reshuffle

TONY BLAIR'S elevation of George Robertson to the House of Lords was last night tipped as the trigger for a wide-ranging cabinet reshuffle.

Comment: There's a nasty surprise for Mr Blair when he comes home

He is less moved than some of his colleagues would like him to be about the party's `core vote'

Robertson will be next Nato chief

GEORGE ROBERTSON, the Secretary of State for Defence, is to land the top job at Nato after his nomination met with no opposition during informal talks among the alliance's ambassadors in Brussels yesterday.

Monitor: Night of the short knives

CABINET RESHUFFLE

Byers gives game away on reshuffle

TONY BLAIR'S long-awaited cabinet reshuffle degenerated into a Whitehall farce yesterday when one of his ministers announced it would take place next Tuesday.

Parliament: Scotland - Reid anger at `anonymous forces' causing divisions

A RIFT has emerged between Scotland's two most powerful politicians - Donald Dewar, the First Minister in Edinburgh, and John Reid, Secretary of State for Scotland, who is based in London.

So who's up, who's down, who's in, who's out. Who cares?

The annual ritual of the cabinet reshuffle is destabilising, unnecessary and should be scrapped
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee