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


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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'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
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Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

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Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
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Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
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Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

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Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

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Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

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A descent into madness in America's heartlands

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BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

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