Arts and Entertainment Ed Miliband told Kirsty Young his relationship with brother David was 'healing'

Forget policy proposals, it is the choices made by political leaders on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs that really give the public a chance to see into both their souls and their desire to be seen as accessible.

Lib Dem Conference: Michael Brown's notebook - Last stand for the old regime

IT WAS Paddy Ashdown's day at Harrogate yesterday as the Liberal Democrat faithful heard him bid an emotional farewell during a speech that ended without a dry eye in the house. Delegates eschewed their normal reserve, even giving him an unheard-of standing ovation at the beginning.

Lib Dem Conference: Today's business

Debates: Europe, Kosovo, the working hours of junior doctors in the NHS and genital mutilation of girls.

Monitor: Decriminalising Cannabis

When the earth shook

Letters: Fear of drugs

Sir: How refreshing to see Charles Kennedy - a politician! - speaking out for open discussion of the drugs issue because it is the right thing to do, not because of political considerations ("Kennedy: Cannabis must not be taboo", 16 August).

Focus: Liberals: The powerlessness that tends to corrupt

Short cuts to power, as Lloyd George discovered to his cost, can lead to electoral distrust and political oblivion

Mr Blair can help the Lib Dems - but do they want to be helped?

The Lib Dem leadership contest has been a dismal affair, doing little to excite even the party's members

The gruesome tide turns

Now it is the Serbs who have been rounded-up and shot in the worst massacre since Nato entered Kosovo, writes Andrew Buncombe

The Sketch: Tony taken to task for making William's friend cry

TONY BLAIR had something to say in Prime Minister's Questions, which made a nice change. He always has statements, of course, not to mention ripostes, rebuttals and rhetorical questions. But all these are vapid utterances, important less for their content than that they fill up what would otherwise be vacant space.

You don't have to be attractive to work here, but it helps

Jackie Ballard is the only female contender for the Lib-Dem leadership and one of the party's brightest stars. But why do so many men seem to hate her? Surely it has nothing to do with the way she looks

WHY ARE THEY FAMOUS; Rory Bremner

Main claim

Ask a leading question, get a slap-down

The Sketch

Campbell accuses leadership candidates of blind ambition

MOST CANDIDATES in the Liberal Democrat leadership contest have been blinded by personal ambition and are out of touch with reality, Menzies Campbell suggested yesterday.

Paddy Ashdown's successor cannot take Blair for granted

The Lib Dems will only get electoral reform if Blair calculates it's in New Labour's interest

Tyler to run for Lib Dem leader

THE BATTLE for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats descended further into farce yesterday after it emerged that the MP responsible for policing the contest was himself preparing to run.

Kennedy: I'll put social justice first

CHARLES KENNEDY, the front-runner to succeed Paddy Ashdown as leader of the Liberal Democrats, is planning to trump Labour's caring credentials by making concern for the underprivileged, disabled and vulnerable a key aim of his leadership.
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Syria civil war: Meet the military commander who says his soldiers will not rest until every inch of their war torn country is free of Islamist 'terrorists'

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Near the front lines with Islamist-controlled towns where Assad’s troops were besieged just last month, Robert Fisk meets a commander confidently preparing his soldiers for battle
Fifa corruption: Strip Qatar of the World Cup? Not likely

Strip Qatar of the World Cup? Not likely

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Twenty two years later Jurassic Park series faces questions over accuracy of the fictional dinosaurs in it

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Twenty two years on, Jurassic Park faces questions over accuracy
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The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation...

... and how it may undermine Hillary's chances in 2016
Genes greatly influence when and how many babies a woman will have, study finds

Mother’s genes play key role in decision to start a family

Study's findings suggest that human fertility is still evolving
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Extra-virgin, cold-press, early-harvest, ultra-premium: 12 best olive oils

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Rafa Benitez Real Madrid unveiling: New manager full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

Benitez full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

There were tears in the former Liverpool manager’s eyes as he was unveiled as Real Madrid coach. But the Spaniard knows he must make tough decisions if he is to succeed
England can win the Ashes – and Elvis Presley will present the urn

England can win the Ashes – and Elvis will present the urn

In their last five Test, they have lost two and drawn two and defeated an India side last summer who thought that turning up was competing, says Stephen Brenkley
Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
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William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

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