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Carol King-Eckersley tells of her 'double tragedy' after deciding to track down her only child, put up for adoption 45 years ago

'Mandy the movie' hits the cutting room floor after star's wobble

A further twist in the tale of Lord Mandelson and the Rothschild family was played out yesterday in a small market town in Wales, when the former business secretary revoked permission for Hannah Rothschild to show a documentary she has made of the old family friend.

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.

Salmond attacks 'deal in the desert'

Alex Salmond has criticised the British Government for attempting to include the convicted Lockerbie bomber in a controversial prisoner-transfer agreement with Libya.

Richard Ingrams’s Week: Confusing musings from Carey the columnist

Are we still a Christian country? The question was raised by an article in The Times this week by the former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey who along with the likes of David Blunkett is worried by the influx of Muslims but doesn't feel quite able to say so in so many words.

Simon Calder: This extra security suffers from a fundamental flaw

Shortly before Christmas a couple of years ago, I approached the check-in desk at a Spanish airport. Because my luggage had been misrouted on the outbound trip, obliging me to buy new clothes, I had an extra bag, and was preparing to pay to check it in. Just as I reached the desk a colleague phoned. Distracted, I handed over my documents – and found myself clutching the boarding pass, even though I was plainly breaching the rules on cabin baggage. But as the second bag went through the X-ray machine, I remembered I had a bottle of wine that would now surely be confiscated.

Scottish police to launch new inquiry into Lockerbie

Review of forensic evidence provides 'several lines' of investigation into 1988 bombing of airliner

Crown denies Lockerbie evidence claims

Claims by an MSP that police investigating the Lockerbie bombing failed to keep secure a key piece of evidence were denied by Crown officials today.

Leading article: Don't blame us -Mr Brown lies low while others trade blows

Scotland is taking the flak to save Westminster's special relationships

Alan Watkins: This is Mr Cameron's silly season too

The Tory leader toes the Washington line and gets sucked into foolish controversies, when he should be riding high

Leading article: A merciful release

There seem to be two diametrically opposite views of the release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, convicted of the Lockerbie bombing. One, the predominant view, is that Megrahi is guilty of such a horrendous crime that he should die in jail.

Cameron asks for Brown's view on freed bomber

Conservative leader David Cameron has written to Gordon Brown calling on him to make clear whether he believes the decision to free Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds was "right or wrong".

Hans Köchler: I saw the trial – and the verdict made no sense

I am always surprised when people refer to Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi as the Lockerbie bomber. Even if he is guilty – something which, personally, I do not believe – he would only be a Lockerbie bomber, just one of many people who carried out a crime which would have taken a large network of people and lots of money to carry out. It amazes me that the British and American governments act as if the investigation into the bombing is somehow complete.

Kenny MacAskill: In releasing the Lockerbie bomber, we uphold Scottish values

It is quite clear to the medical experts that Al-Megrahi has a terminal illness, and indeed that there has recently been a significant deterioration in his health... It therefore falls to me to decide whether he should be released on compassionate grounds.

Lockerbie bomber expresses 'sympathy' for relatives

The Lockerbie bomber today said he had "sympathy" for the families of those who died in the atrocity.

Wrong to free Lockerbie man says Clinton

The US secretary of state Hillary Clinton piled more pressure on the Scottish Government today over whether to free the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing by issuing a fresh call to keep him locked up.

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