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Canadian war hero charged with sex attacks and murder

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Yesterday, at The Tories' morning press conference... there wasn't a Tory press conference yesterday. This is so clever they'll be talking about it in a decade. What were the Conservatives doing, withdrawing from the campaign at a moment of existential threat? "Ah," a wise strategist will say (probably Oliver Letwin, on the brink of retirement), "It's too early to tell."

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They talked. Oh, how they talked. Yesterday, the vast plenary hall of the Copenhagen Bella Center became an endless conveyor belt of presidents and prime ministers, each one eager to prove that they cared more about the environment than the last.

Pandora: The Blairs and the red Ferrari mystery

Just who owns the flashy sports car currently parked outside Maison Blair?

South Africa 2010: 'The most serious risk is carjacking'

Private security specialists in high demand as World Cup's VIP visitors seek to protect themselves from kidnap

Watchdog challenged over £2.4m donation to Lib Dems

Britain's elections watchdog is facing a damaging High Court challenge over its decision that the Liberal Democrats do not have to repay a £2.4m donation given by a fraudulent bond dealer who swindled £34m out of his investors.

Mann returns to the arms of his wife

The mercenary Simon Mann, 57, celebrated his freedom with his wife, Amanda, yesterday as he thanked people for the "warmth" shown since his release from a 34-year jail sentence for his part in plotting a coup.

Stoke team in emergency landing plane drama

Stoke were involved in flight drama on their return from Portsmouth last night when their private plane had to make an emergency landing at Gatwick Airport.

Flying cars and heated pants: Shouldn't we be able to buy this stuff by now?

Jet packs! Motors that run for ever! Centrally heated pants! We've been promised these wonders, and many more, for ages. So what's the hold-up?

Pandora: Conway cheers on civil ceremony reform

Should Gordon Brown find himself feeling a little short of friends, he could do worse that call up Sloane Square's uber-socialite, Henry Conway.

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