News British Army soldiers in Basra, southern Iraq, 2004

In Sir John Chilcot’s diplomatic shorthand, they are the “difficult documents”. For the rest of us – those looking to brand Tony Blair and George Bush as war criminals, or those who believe the pair saved Iraq from the excesses of Saddam and the world from a potential WMD catastrophe – they are the communications that will reveal how close Washington and Whitehall were in the run-up to the 2003 war.

Beaton wins with flourish

Darts

Burnett arrows in on final

Darts

LETTER : Lyttle things mean a lot

From Ms Julie Burchill

DARTS: Taylor captures third title

Phil Taylor overcame a dose of "double trouble" to win his third world title by carrying off the Proton Cars World championship at Purfleet, Essex, yesterday.

Fee demand imperils hostages

Kampot - Government officials are jeopardising attempts to free three Western hostages being held by outlawed Khmer Rouge guerrillas in Cambodia, a diplomatic source said yesterday. The source, who is closely involved in efforts to free the hostages, said that officials were demanding fees to act as intermediaries. Reuter

Diplomat charged

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Gift horse trots out

A stallion given to President Mitterrand by Turkmenistan's leader was trotted out to avert possible diplomatic embarrassment, Reuter reports from Paris. The pure-bred horse had not been seen since February.

Sarajevo embassy

Britain is to open an embassy in Sarajevo in a move reflecting the progress made towards a negotiated settlement of the Bosnian conflict, a Foreign Office spokesman said yesterday, Reuter reports.

Villages seized

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Not political

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Today's Number: 1,945

The number of frames played in the qualifying rounds for the Embassy World Snooker Championship.

Angolan rampage

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