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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

Man vs marine in the Chagos Islands

Conservationists want to turn archipelago into a giant sea-life reserve. But what about the exiled population whose hopes of going home would be dashed forever?

Expenses MP 'told by Labour whip to move money round'

Jim Devine claims cleaning bill was funded from separate account on advice of Westminster old hand

You can't prosecute us, MPs facing theft charges claim

Labour members and Tory peer facing criminal action say parliamentary privilege protects them from the law

MP Jim Devine 'devastated' over expenses charges

MP Jim Devine said today that he was "astonished and devastated" to be charged over his claims for parliamentary expenses.

The Sketch: Clare says one thing. Tony another. They can't both be right

If this is a "lessons learnt" inquiry, there were lessons galore from Clare Short. Yes, yes, I know, it was "Clare". We all knew what she was going to say. Old scores were to be settled. She'd ramble. She'd forget the question. She'd stick the knife into Alastair. "Oh, Clare!"

<i>IoS</i> letters, emails & online postings (31 January 2010)

Thank you for giving a voice to teenage mothers ("Promiscuous scroungers or loving parents?", 24 January). I, like thousands of young parents in the 1960s, lost my only child to adoption because I was too vulnerable at this point in my life to protect her. From that moment on, my life lost its purpose, and I have since spoken with countless other natural mothers of adopted people who have suffered the same, who despite their intelligence and abilities have never achieved their potential because of the unconscious acknowledgement that, whatever they do, it will not repair this huge loss. I now know that I would have been a good mother, and that respectable, married adoptive parents is no guarantee of good parenting, or that an adopted person will be brought up with security and kindness.

Errors & Omissions: Use equine metaphors correctly or risk falling out of the saddle

Andy McSmith's entertaining feature on Saturday about the intersecting Oxford careers of politicos that are now famous included a variant spelling that is now so common that it ought perhaps to be legitimised by the College of Cardinal Pedants.

Econoblog: Diamond gets tough on banking regulation

In the winter war between the bankers and the politicians, another battle this morning at Davos.

Stephen Glover: Newspapers will not be put in the dock over their Iraq war coverage

In the course of the Chilcot inquiry I have sometimes asked myself what it would be like if journalists, rather than politicians and civil servants, were under the cosh. How would we fare? I wonder whether any editor or columnist would be absolutely happy to have his record on the Iraq war examined in forensic detail.

Paul Vallely: 'Good faith' isn't usually good enough

On the Iraq war, Tony Blair says he did what he thought was right. Had he listened, he would have thought differently

Richard Ingrams's Week: Was Cook sacked on the orders of George Bush?

When he appeared before the Chilcot inquiry on Wednesday, Jack Straw, they said, became the first serving cabinet minister to express "deep regret" about the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the thousands of deaths that resulted.

The Sketch: You can't beat the House but you can whip it into shape

The Government doesn't care about the Commons because the Commons can't hurt the Government

Blair froze out Iraq war dissenters

Tony Blair froze out anyone with concerns about the Iraq war and was not challenged on the issue by a Cabinet that had been "conditioned" to accept that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, the Iraq inquiry has been told.

Econoblog: Alistair Darling gets it right

Taxing bankers&rsquo; bonuses &ndash; what a good idea

John Rentoul: Toff bashing

Iain Dale, Conor Ryan and Amol Rajan, an unholy alliance, all greatly impressed by Gordon Brown's performance at Prime Minister's Questions.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

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Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

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No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee