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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.

Salmond has no regrets over Megrahi release

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond today insisted he did not regret the controversial release from prison of the Lockerbie bomber.

Rupert Cornwell: PM must not be blinded by the might of America

In his article in The Wall Street Journal, previewing his first meeting here with President Obama yesterday, the Prime Minister said all the right things.

Megrahi casts a long shadow over Cameron's date with Obama

David Cameron bowed to mounting pressure for a review of the decision to release the Lockerbie bomber yesterday as the affair cast a shadow over his talks with President Barack Obama at the White House.

PM demands review of Lockerbie bomber paperwork

David Cameron has asked the UK's top civil servant to review the Government's documentation on the release of the Lockerbie bomber, it was disclosed tonight.

PM dismisses obsession with UK's 'special relationship'

David Cameron will today seek to change the public's perception of the "special relationship" between the United States and Britain.

Inquiry urged into Lockerbie bomber release

A UK public inquiry should be held into the release of the Lockerbie bomber, a backbench Tory MP said today.

Releasing the Lockerbie bomber was 'a mistake', Government admits

The Government admitted last night that the release of the Lockerbie bomber, Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, on compassionate grounds was "a mistake". Sir Nigel Sheinwald, the UK's ambassador in Washington, made the admission in a statement issued after four US senators demanded an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the release.

Letters: Energy and austerity

New age of austerity

Lockerbie families angry at 'exploitative' new play

Victims' reaction to Abdelbaset al-Megrahi's release is dramatised

Dick Turpin takes advantage of hanging rival

The search for a wonder horse to follow in the hoofprints of Sea The Stars by winning the 2,000 Guineas came to nothing in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury yesterday. True, Canford Cliffs, who had looked an exciting prospect when he ran away with last year's Coventry Stakes, did finish a full seven lengths clear of his old rival Arcano. But he was half a length behind his own Richard Hannon stablemate Dick Turpin, who nicked victory in the final strides.

Rupert Cornwell: So much for the special relationship

The disagreements and personal slights seem to have become more common lately

Richard Ingrams's Week: No one knows how to educate our children

Would Boris claim that his knowledge of Latin helps him in any way when it comes to dealing with the congestion charge?

IoS designers and illustrator win prestigious industry awards

The Independent on Sunday has picked up two top honours in the prestigious Best of News Design awards. Organised by the Society for News Design, the professional organisation for the world's graphic designers who work in the industry, the awards recognise the best from around the world in newspaper production.

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

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Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?
Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

Colouring books for adults

How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
10 best stocking fillers for foodies

Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital
In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

Robert Fisk on our crisis with Iran