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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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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform