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Hit the Road Barack: Will Niall Ferguson's damning Newsweek article on Obama have any real affect on the 2012 US presidential campaign?

The rumpus over Niall Ferguson’s Newsweek cover story proclaiming it was time for Obama to go proves an ancient truth. If there’s one thing worse than being talked about, it’s not being talked about.

The Blagger's Guide To: WilL Self

So, Will, can a sesquipedalian be lost for words?
Holy smoke: Festival-goers light a bong at the annual Hempfest

Legalisation row splits marijuana users at Hempfest

As thousands hit the world's largest cannabis rally, support for a law change is not unanimous

Churchgoers set to reject David Cameron

Nearly three fifths of churchgoers (58%) are less likely to vote for David Cameron at the next general election following his plans to legalise gay marriage, according to a survey released today.

Moscow's gay pride ban for 100 years

Moscow's highest court has upheld a ban on gay pride marches for the next 100 years due to a perceived risk of public disorder.

Have-a-go guests have enjoyed racing themselves in this year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week

New sponsorship ensures buoyant future for Cowes Week

Fireworks over Cowes were more than the traditional Friday celebration as the south’s largest annual regatta drew not just to a close but a beginning of long-term stability at a time of economic uncertainty for many sports.

Underbelly calls for truce as Edinburgh venue row threatens to roll on

One of the most prominent venue operators at the Edinburgh Festival has spoken out against a rival who is “threatening to destroy” the event with his claims of infighting, and called for a truce.

Parents fail to prevent bid to turn Downhills primary school into academy

Campaigners have failed in their High Court bid to stop an underperforming primary school being turned into an academy.

Royal Mail in parcel deal with Chinese firm ZJS Express

The Royal Mail's European parcels business is launching a partnership with a Chinese firm.

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We didn't know The Dandy was still going

And neither, sadly, do the vast majority of the British public. The UK's longest-running children's comic, starring cowboy Desperate Dan, sold two million copies a week in its Fifties heyday. But now The Dandy sells fewer than 8,000 a week. No surprise, then, that it's facing closure. Its publisher, the Dundee-based DC Thomson, said: "We are carrying out a review of our magazines business to meet the challenges of the rapidly-changing publishing industry."

Education Secretary Michael Gove who has approved the sale of over 20 school playing fields

Fears of school playing fields sell-off as Michael Gove relaxes Government regulations

The Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has relaxed Government regulations on the amount of minimum outdoor space schools must provide pupils for playing team games.

The Dandy: Desperate times call for desperate measures for Desperate Dan

Scottish publisher DC Thomson this week announced The Dandy, its famous comic, could close as the firm tries to cut losses.

Games can 'turbo-charge' Britain's tourism says Hunt

The success of the Olympics can “turbo-charge” the UK's tourism industry, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said as the Government prepared to launch a major push to attract visitors.

David Cameron intervenes in Adam Jones Qatar 'kidnap' case

Prime Minister David Cameron has intervened personally to help a 12-year-old boy who wrote him a letter last year pleading for help after his family allegedly took and kept him in Qatar under false pretences, Downing Street confirmed today.

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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
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Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
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Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
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'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
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Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

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