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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

A-Z OF MARQUES NO 73 ZIL

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.

A-Z of marques No.22 Humber

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Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

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How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

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Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
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Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

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