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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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Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album