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News North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (left) inspects the command of Korean People's Army. The country's Defence Commission has sent an open letter to South Korea calling for an end to

The letter comes ahead of military exercises between the US and South Korea that the North sees as provocative

Health: Road rage might make you nicer to your wife. Me, I prefer a subtler form of anger management

"People keep blathering on about how awful road rage is. Well, I need it. It's an essential part of my life. It gets out all of my frustration at the end of the day. If I don't get the chance to wind down the window and yell `for ****'s sake, you dozy cow' on the way home, I take it out on my wife. It ruins the whole evening. But if I've had a good rant, I'm as sweet as pie. I've banged on a few roofs, but I've never hit anyone or forced a car off the road. So what's the problem?''

The week on Radio: A messy business, this thing called life

Everything leaks. We ourselves begin life leaking out of every available orifice, and we carry on leaking all the way to the grave (even there, we don't stop for a while). Our control may improve for a while in the middle, but we can't ever hope to stop the leaking altogether.

Tories dominate quangos by margin of six to one

Six times more Conservatives than Labour supporters were put in charge of quangos last year, a report revealed yesterday.

Election '97: Refusenik loses fight for the right not to vote

Baffled officials frustrate elector's bid to resign from register

We need this shake-up in the corridors of power

`The overwhelming public impression of the panel of "wise persons" was formed during the unseemly dog-fights which some members indulged in during its early days, and it was hard to shake off this image'

Gulf turns up heat in Clyde battle

The war of words between Gulf Canada and its British target, Clyde Petroleum, intensified yesterday as Gulf launched a searing attack on Clyde's two recent defence documents.

Snowboarding for girls

Extremely silly clothes are now available for women, too. Matthew Sweet reports

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English 'spoken better abroad'

Foreigners take more pride in improving their spoken English than English people do, Trevor McDonald, ITN newscaster and chairman of the Better English Campaign, said yesterday.

BOOK REVIEW / Acid from the tree of life

A new study of Darwinian theory strenuously defends the great evolutionist. By Ray Monk; Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life By Daniel C Dennett Allen Lane, pounds 25

LABOUR IN BRIGHTON: Blunkett rails at 'rhetoric of past'

David Blunkett, the Labour education spokesman, yesterday defended Tony Blair's decision to send his son to a grant-maintained school and warned the party against nostalgia.

YOUR leader "A threadbare challenge from a nobody"

l YOUR leader "A threadbare challenge from a nobody" (25 June) states: "Nobody ever voted for John Major because they were inspired by his vision, moved by his rhetoric or enthused by his policies."

RHETORIC Friends, Romans, modernisers!

Ancient orators would recognise the new Clause IV, says Angela Lambert

Letter: Infants need the simple things of life

Sir: Celia Dodd writes ('Much too busy too young', 6 October) on the proliferation of pre-school classes and activities in the UK. She is, I believe, entirely correct in her argument that these organised programmes are unnecessary, potentially detrimental to children's development and place further strain on parents' resources, both physically and financially. The urge to provide the best for our children should not lead us to believe we have to join every class and session available for our under-fives.
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These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

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Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
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