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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

Leading article: One step on the long road out of the euro crisis

Neither GDP growth nor even a 'big bazooka' bailout fund are enough on their own

Rosie Birchall: Politicians no longer think big

Recently the Government proposed an increase in the national speed limit to 80mph. Hardly headline news. Yet it was one of the biggest policy announcements of the week, and widely discussed in the media.

Lord Hunt is new PCC chairman

The Conservative peer Lord Hunt, who served as a minister under Lady Thatcher and John Major, has been named as the new chairman of the Press Complaints Commission.

Simon Kelner: Appetite for memoirs seems to be unquenchable

Y esterday I invoked the memory of the late Robin Cook, the former Foreign Secretary and a man whom I got to know when he left office. During that time, he was working on his memoirs – called The Point of Departure – which, as well as being a gripping account of a tumultuous period in British political history, set the standard for the senior figures in New Labour's administration. One by one, they've written the book, taken the royalties, sold the serial rights, done the round of the chat shows and generally added to our impression of the dysfunction that characterised Labour's 13 years in power. We've lapped it up – how difficult Gordon was, how imperious Tony was, how secretive Mandelson was and so on, until we get to John Prescott – and it seems there's an inexhaustible public appetite for this sort of behind-the-scenes account.

Meet the woman who put lead in Darling's pencil

Former chancellor settles scores in his must-read memoir on Labour's dying days – but did his 'firebrand' wife, Maggie, egg him on?

Sima Barmania: Happy Eid from...David Cameron?

Last night I witnessed a very unusual event on television; Prime Minister David Cameron wishing viewers a happy Eid on Islam Channel.

One man's stand against an Israeli settlement

Matthew Kalman reports from Jerusalem on a Palestinian farmer's extraordinary story

Number's up: The end of the little black book

Mobile technology has transformed journalism – and besides enabling phone hacking, it has also erased the status of that once-prized possession, the contacts book

Village People: A popular but shadowy figure

Ed Miliband's decision to end elections to the Shadow Cabinet leaves one MP with the never-to-be-equalled record of being elected to this body 14 times.

Blair still backs joining the euro – once Greek crisis is over

Tony Blair has declared that the time may still come for Britain to join the euro and dismissed predictions that the meltdown in Greece will cause the single currency to break up.

Steve Richards: Suddenly Parliament matters again

The use of the urgent question has made the Commons as relevant as the Today programme and sometimes more so

Terence Blacker: Not every adulterer is a villain

A Pinter-Bakewell affair would have not the slightest chance of remaining private

Split and tell: Why every politician fears the ex-factor

Forget sex scandals: it's the subtle revenge of a bitter ex-spouse that can really mess up a political career
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Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

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The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
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Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
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The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef declares barbecue season open with his twist on a tradtional Easter Sunday lamb lunch

Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

Next weekend, our chef plans to return to his Aussie roots by firing up the barbecue
Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

Cricket World Cup 2015

Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?
The Last Word: Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing