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Outlook: Peace dividend

THE TERM "peace dividend", now being bandied around in the press and among politicians, is an odd one, as if to imply that there is an economic benefit in war. The notion that there might be stems largely from the Second World War and the consequent economic reconstruction of Europe under the Marshall Plan.

Hindley is moved to another jail

Hindley is moved to another jail

Right of Reply: Michael Daley

The director of ArtWatch replies to Frances Kennedy's article on da Vinci's `Last Supper'

Here we go again. Tiny flat attracts offer of pounds 410,000

CRUMBLING, IT may be. Damp, certainly. But there is one thing the bijou artist's studio is definitely, absolutely not. "It's not a garden shed," its joint owner, Michael Plaut, said adamantly yesterday.

Barometer: Nice Neanderthals

It may be a popular term of abuse, but "Neanderthal" derives, of course, from the type of primitive hominid whose remains were first discovered in the Neander valley, Germany, in 1856. Ever since, we've thought that the Neanderthals were unrelated to us humans. But just look at this reconstruction of Neanderthal domesticity provided by the Natural History Museum. Flintstones-like, the scene has much resonance for Homo sapiens, with its quarrelling juveniles and Mr Neanderthal's garment of choice, a tasselled suede jacket.

Sandler to step down as Lloyd's chief

RON SANDLER is leaving Lloyd's of London after four turbulent years as chief executive, saying "the time is right for a new boss". His successor is a Lloyd's insider, Nick Prettejohn, who has been carefully groomed for the job since joining the troubled insurance market at the same time as Mr Sandler.

White House prepares for 20 years of redecorating

THE GLISTENING mansion that occupies possibly the most famous address in the world is about to go through that most American of experiences, a makeover.

Cowboy builders upset 100,000

THE VAST majority of homeowners believe the Government should crack down immediately on cowboy builders - a problem which prompts almost 100,000 complaints to trading standards officers every year.

Theatre: Resounding romp with a dash of reality

London Cuckolds Lyttleton at the National, London

Privates on parade

Dull, lifeless, flyaway pubes? Help is at hand: the pubic wig will cheer up your short and curlies for those special nights out.

Retreat on changes to legal aid scheme

THE beleaguered Lord Chancellor is expected to signal a significant retreat on changes to legal aid when he publishes a consultative paper next week, writes Anthony Bevins.

Redecoration? It was not my idea, says Lord Irvine

THE Lord Chancellor yesterday insisted he had no responsibility for the pounds 650,000 restoration of his grace and favour residence in the House of Lords.

Blair drawn into controversy over apartment

Tony Blair was drawn into the controversy over the pounds 650,000 refurbishment of the Lord Chancellor's grace-and-favour apartment by Downing Street officials who said the Prime Minister may use the suite of rooms in the House of Lords for entertaining, writes Colin Brown.
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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
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Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

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War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

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Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

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