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Khodorkovsky’s release may well have been intended to further those goals by sending a positive signal about Russia's future business climate

The Weekend's Viewing: Black Mirror, Sun, Channel 4
Japan Tsunami: Caught on Camera, Sun, Channel 4

I can't remember whether I said something cynical when Channel 4 promised that it would divert the river of money it poured into Big Brother to irrigate original, one-off dramas, but if I did, may I offer a cautious apology.

The week's most amusing spectacle was unquestionably Nancy Dell'Olio at a celebrity event organised by the Huffington Post at Westfield shopping centre in London

DJ Taylor: Clichés – we're all in them together

It's been a bumper week for overworked phrases, self-delusion, and commercial irritations

Parliamentary inquiry into lobbying to call Bell Pottinger executives as witnesses

Nearly two-thirds of MPs want lobbyists registered, though support is lower among Conservatives
Jacob Rees-Mogg, left, appreciates the attire of Bertie Wooster and Jeeves

Diary: Call for decorum in handing out parking fines

Jacob Rees-Mogg, that priceless guardian of liberty, has come up with a cracking idea to improve the manners of council officials empowered to issue on-the-spot fines – make them wear bowler hats.

Ministers told to stop leaks to journalists

Ministers came under fire from MPs of all parties last night for routinely leaking their important announcements to the press.

Diary: So why is the Queen still waiting to speak?

The poor old Queen must be wondering how many days in her diary have to be kept blank while her ministers send out confusing messages as to when the next Queen's Speech is to be held.

Azerbaijani President, Ilham Aliyev, has a 96 per cent approval rate, despite his hardline policies

Cameron's favourite pollsters hand dictator 96 per cent approval rating

One is the Government's favourite polling company, whose founder now works side by side with David Cameron in Downing Street and provides the Prime Minister with the latest insights into public opinion.

Mario Monti, senator and the prime minister designate

Italian PM ready to announce new government

Mario Monti's race to have an emergency government in place by the weekend appeared assured of success yesterday when Silvio Berlusconi's anointed political heir said that parliament's biggest grouping, the People of Freedom party (PDL), was behind him.

Osborne faces backbench rebellion over fuel duty

George Osborne is facing pressure to veto planned rises in petrol duties amid growing protests from MPs that high fuel prices are hampering the recovery.

Spilt couples: Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez (left) and Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver (right)

50 Ways To Leave Your Lover...

So Chris Huhne - the cad! - broke up with his wife halfway through a World Cup match. But at least he didn't do it by fax. Charlie Cooper chronicles the splits of shame

Rising political star: Chuka Umunna MP, photographed in his Streatham constituency last month

'Don't compare me to Obama': Is Chuka Umunna Britain's first black PM?

He's a hero in his Streatham constituency and (to his horror) has already been dubbed 'Britain's Obama'. Can Chuka Umunna really live up to the hype? He tells Tim Walker about growing up in Brixton and why he thinks Tony Blair was '85 per cent right'

Theresa May makes her statement on border controls yesterday

MP urges inquiry into border chief briefings

The head of the civil service has been asked to investigate whether the Home Secretary's advisers "may have been briefing against" the head of the UK Border Force over the relaxation of checks at ports during the summer.

Kiss Me Chudleigh: The World According to Auberon Waugh, By William Cook

Oddly, many of the obituaries for Auberon Waugh claimed that his most significant achievement was the "Diary" he wrote over 13 years for Private Eye. The quote marks are required because it was a pungent combination of fact and fiction. One of his milder musings dates from 1975: "Rather unexpectedly, I found myself in Kathmandu with Prince Charles for the coronation of King Bihendra... the Prince looks particularly fetching in a yashmak with blue paint on his eyelids."

Tory divisions on Europe damaging the party, say polls

The statistics suggest that Mr Cameron may have been right to 'stop banging on about Europe'

Lobbyists to be made to register

The Government will publish plans for a statutory register of lobbyists later this month, MPs were told yesterday.

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Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

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Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

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