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Federer progresses in style

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Prince William: Our digital age brings Britain and New Zealand closer than ever

In 2005, I was here to follow the rugby, but I also had the opportunity to explore this country, with its unrivalled beauty and dynamic people. I will never forget the welcome and great kindness that I received everywhere I went, and from everybody I met. I learnt very quickly just how distinctive, refreshing, and confident this great nation is. This visit gives me the chance to learn more about New Zealanders and our closely shared values. The overwhelming impression I have is of a nation that believes passionately in itself, in the value of democracy, in each other and other peoples, and in the rule of law.

Prince William begins first official overseas trip

Prince William arrived in New Zealand to begin his first official overseas trip on behalf of the Queen.

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Queen to hand duties to William

The Queen is to hand over substantial public duties to Prince William to help him prepare for the day he becomes king, it was reported last night.

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Prince William: 'I don't want to be a royal ornament'

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'I always thought of him as a second father'

Football fans and former players alike were in mourning yesterday as Sir Bobby Robson, one of the sport's true "gentlemen", died aged 76 after a long battle with cancer.

England launch World Cup campaign

England kicked off their campaign to host the World Cup in 2018 or 2022 with a launch party at Wembley Stadium.

Leading article: No courtier, she

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Alaska: The last frontier

This Monday sees the 50th anniversary of Alaska legally joining the US. But the largest state in the union is a world apart from the 'Lower 48', says Harriet O'Brien

MoD 'naive' over Prince's joyrides

The RAF confessed yesterday that it was a public relations disaster to allow Prince William to make five flights in military helicopters for personal reasons. Instructors gave the Prince the chance to take a Chinook to a party, and to a wedding, and to show off to his prospective parents-in-law, and get aerial views of royal residences.

Paperback: No One Belongs Here More Than You, By Miranda July

Miranda July has a disarming name that sits well with the artfully intense photo of her on the jacket. Normally these things aren't worth pointing out, but there's enough in this collection of whatever it is that makes her picture so distinctive that you might ponder it while considering a couple of things: Some of her writing has a tendency towards repetition, that seems to grasp at some sense of naivety. ("I still felt summery; I had a summery tableau in mind" or "Vincent was on the shared patio. I'll tell you about this patio. It is shared".) And in places her sexual frankness starts to resemble the unsolicited whisperings of a pervert on a bus. But skip a couple of the stories, squint a little here and there, and this becomes a very interesting collection.

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