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Patrick Cockburn: Some advice for George Bush: a 'surge' in US troops in Iraq will not bring about peace

While the White House pretends that defeat can be avoided, measures to end the fighting languish

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Lady Thatcher, a diamond necklace and the request that shocked the Sultan

When the Sultan of Oman presented Margaret Thatcher with a diamond and sapphire necklace in 1981, she immediately fell in love with it.

Racing: Sundrop can put Dettori's choice in shade

The derby meeting embarks at Epsom this afternoon with a paltry gathering for the Oaks, which is not so much a field as a window box. Just seven runners will fight it out for the premier fillies' Classic, the joint smallest congregation for 100 years, since the day in 1904 when Pretty Polly collected the middle leg of her Triple Crown.

Racing: Attraction doubles her Guineas collection

The pages of the tome of history can be weighty to overturn but for Attraction yesterday, the task was easy. The Duke of Roxburghe's filly, trained so expertly by Mark Johnston at Middleham, skipped blithely over the emerald acres of the Curragh to win the 83rd Irish 1,000 Guineas. And in so doing, she became the first to add that Classic to the senior version on the Rowley Mile, which she had annexed three weeks previously.

Racing: Spencer's suspension may be extended by appeal

Jamie Spencer's woes continued yesterday when he lost an appeal against the ban that prevents him from riding Necklace in Sunday's 1,000 Guineas and it also emerged that he may have the four-day careless-riding ban he picked up at Navan on Saturday increased.

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