If you pay £6 to go to Prague on RyanAir, what do you expect?

Matthew Bell: He's the boss. It's what he does best

The new Mayor gave me my first job. Now it's his turn to be the new boy

Dominic Lawson: This is a Government which doesn't really believe in the threat of climate change

It's a brave reporter who challenges Arnold Schwarzenegger face to face. Who knows what physical retribution the former Terminator might wreak? Yet one man was brave enough to trade (verbal) blows with the Governor of California last week.

Ex-Thai PM Thaksin returns home

Ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra made an emotional return from exile today, swearing to stay out of politics despite a widespread belief he will run the country from behind the scenes.

Leading article: RED all over

The Independent had two aims in publishing this week's RED issue, guest-edited by Bono: to raise awareness of Africa's problems and to help to alleviate them by donating half of that day's revenues to the Global Fund. Tuesday's edition achieved both objectives beyond our most hopeful expectations, thanks to Bono, who displayed hitherto unknown talents as an editor, and to the enthusiastic participation of our advertisers and readers. Bono's commissions included an interview with Nigeria's corruption-busting Finance Minister, an explanation by Giorgio Armani of his commitment to "using global brands for goodwill", and a leading article by Bono himself in which he wrote movingly about what drives his commitment to Africa. And Damien Hirst's striking front-page design brought the package to the attention of many tens of thousands of extra readers who added to that day's contributions to the Global Fund. We thank you.

Peugeot 607: Last-chance saloon

Peugeot has a reputation for making unreliable cars that nobody (except the French) would drive. And, says Michael Booth, it's well deserved


The marque: The symbol of the power and prestige of the old Soviet Union and, for a time, the Russian Federation. Leaders from Stalin onwards loved them, but the traditional limousines are no longer made, and Zil confines itself to lorries these days.

Russian advertising tsar killed in second car bomb attack

One of Russia's most successful businessmen has been blown up in his armoured limousine in the second attempt on his life in less than a year.

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

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Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

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