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Scotland Yard began a so-called 'scoping' exercise to assess the credibility of allegations that the couple were murdered by a member of British special forces

Diana death 'linked to arms trade' says QC

Diana, Princess of Wales was killed because she planned to expose senior members of the British arms trade involved with land mines, a leading lawyer claimed today.

VC hero tells of car crash suicide bid

Guilt-racked Victoria Cross winner Johnson Beharry told today how he tried to kill himself by driving into a lamppost at 100mph.

The People's Election: 15 reasons to celebrate a campaign that could change the face of British politics for ever

On polling day, 15 reasons to celebrate a campaign that, with your help, could change the face of British politics for ever

Voodoo Histories, By David Aaronovitch

Any initial doubts I had that David Aaronovitch could live up to his weighty subtitle – "How conspiracy theory has shaped modern history" – were dispelled pretty early on in this exhaustive but fascinating account of the major conspiracy theories of the past 100 years. He includes the ones that we might expect – from Oliver Stone's rubbishing of the Warren Commission's report on the assassination of JFK, to Mohammed al-Fayed's theory that MI5 and Prince Philip played a part in the car crash that killed his son and Princess Diana. But Aaronovitch also takes on those other inflammatory theories that have shaped society's attitudes towards certain groups and which, he argues, have caused them great harm.

Vice principal of 'Diana' school faces porn charges

The vice principal of Diana, Princess of Wales's former school will appear in court today charged with possessing child pornography.

Enchanted Palace: A tale of seven princesses

Kensington Palace became the focus of the nation’s mourning in 1997 after the death of Princess Diana, its gilded gates and surrounding gardens flooded with floral tributes. Today the palace has opened its doors in celebration of its history and the seven princesses who have lived there.

Minor British Institutions: The Marie biscuit

The Marie biscuit was named after the now- forgotten Grand Duchess Maria, or Marie, Alexandrovna of Russia, daughter of Czar Alexander II of Russia and wife of the second son of Queen Victoria, Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh. She was a sort of Diana of her day, so much of a sensation that the famous British bakery Peek Frean decided to create a new biscuit to celebrate her marriage into the British royal family in 1874.

Diana feng shui letter under the hammer

A letter hinting at Princess Diana's belief in feng shui to help heal after her split with the Prince of Wales is expected to fetch £600 at auction today.

Woman found dead near icy London park pond

A woman was found dead today next to the Round Pond in Kensington Gardens, central London.

Basra in 2006: The height of the insurgency

Three years after British soldiers had been welcomed as the saviours of Basra, the city was in the grip of a violent insurgency and relations between the 8,000-odd garrison and dominant Shia population had sunk to an all-time low.

Earl Spencer and daughter win libel damages

Earl Spencer and his daughter Kitty accepted substantial undisclosed damages today over claims that they acted improperly in connection with his divorce from his second wife Caroline, and the division of the family assets.

Gary Crowley - How 'the youngest voice on radio' stays fresh

Paul Weller still likes to greet Gary Crowley with the words: "Ah, London's youngest DJ." It's the Modfather's quirky brand of humour, but also an acknowledgement that the BBC broadcaster has been round the block a few times, reports Ian Burrell.

Tony Blair selling constituency home

Tony Blair is selling his former constituency home for £300,000, it was announced today.

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