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What's in a photograph? In the case of a snapshot of Christopher Jefferies, a 65-year-old retired teacher from Bristol, a portrait of a murderer.

Lockerbie father meets Megrahi

The father of one of the Lockerbie victims has been to Libya to visit the only man convicted of the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 in December 1988.

Doris Gardiner: Teacher who survived the wartime Freckleton Air Disaster

Doris Gardiner was one of the last survivors of a long-forgotten Second World War tragedy that, in its scale, sadly rivals both Aberfan and Lockerbie. But for her mother's illness on that fateful day, she would almost certainly have been yet another of the many names so poignantly recorded on the village war memorial.

US: Lockerbie bomber Al Megrahi should return to prison

The Obama administration has condemned the decision to release the Lockerbie bomber and called for him to be sent back to a Scottish jail.

US senator demands Megrahi release probe

A US senator today called on the UK to hold an independent inquiry into the release of the Lockerbie bomber, a year after he was returned to Libya.

Salmond: Scotland did not 'pass the buck' over Megrahi release

The scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, yesterday issued a stern admonishment to a US senator investigating the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi. The US Senate Foreign Affairs Committee is investigating whether BP lobbied for his release to help get a $900m (£565m) oil exploration agreement with Libya off the ground.

You've got to be having a laugh: Jimmy Connolly's guide to the Edinburgh Fringe

He's played more stand-up gigs than you've had Irn Bru pies, and wouldn't play the Pleasance even if they wanted him to.

Brothers fined £13,000 over worker's roof plunge

Two brothers have been fined a total of £13,000 after a worker suffered a crushed skull when he fell through a roof, the Health and Safety Executive said today.

Senator attacks UK politicians over Lockerbie hearings

A string of high profile British witnesses who refused to testify at a US Senate hearing into the release of the Lockerbie bomber were today facing accusations of "stonewalling".

Coalition to improve Holyrood relations after Lockerbie row

The UK Government said today that "significant lessons" have been learned in relations with Scotland after the row over the Lockerbie bomber's release.

Straw won't attend Megrahi hearing

Jack Straw last night refused to give evidence to a United States congressional hearing on the release of the Lockerbie bomber.

Howard Jacobson: People want retribution, not rehabilitation

We no sooner let offenders out than they offend again. I propose a simple solution: keep them in

Jack Straw turns down US Lockerbie inquiry

Jack Straw tonight declined a request to give evidence to a US Senate committee hearing on the release of the Lockerbie bomber.

Leading article: Cynical posturing on all sides

When this week's trip to Washington was first pencilled into David Cameron's diary, the Prime Minister must have been looking forward to a chance to make acquaintances in the White House and to address some of the pressing challenges facing our two nations. Instead, he walked into a toxic row about a convicted terrorist, a vilified oil company and a decision taken by the Scottish Executive before he was even elected to office.

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