News Jack Straw has just returned from Tehran as part of 'well received' UK parliamentary delegation

Veteran politician has just returned from Tehran as part of 'well received' UK parliamentary delegation

Tariq al-Hashemi says the accusations against him are fabrications

Iraqi PM escalates crisis with ultimatum to Kurds

Maliki's demands for handover of rival heighten fears of sectarian strife

Soldiers pose with their unit’s flag at a base near Nasiriyah before their departure

As the troops pull out, what kind of Iraq has America left behind?

Not long after the "liberation" of 2003, the US-led coalition was preparing the Iraqi public for their ultimate departure. A television advert showed a bunch of boys in an excited football match, while their parents looked on with fond smiles – the portrait of a happy and contented land. In a swirl of dust, came Western troops in their armoured cars; they stopped beside the young players for a brief exchange of greetings, and then the convoy disappeared into the desert.

Obama salutes US Iraq war veterans

President Barack Obama saluted troops returning from Iraq today, declaring that the nearly nine-year conflict is ending honourably, "not with a final battle, but with a final march toward home."

The Devil's Double (12A)

Readers review this week's big film

Culture Club: Super 8 (12A)

Readers review this week's big film

UK operation in Iraq set to end

The UK's military operation in Iraq will finally end this weekend when the Royal Navy completes its mission to train the country's sailors, Defence Secretary Liam Fox has said.

Max van der Stoel

After the first Gulf War, Max van der Stoel was the expression of the world's conscience and a thorn in the side of Saddam Hussein. Every year for eight years, the former Dutch foreign minister and special UN human rights representative wrote stinging denunciations of Saddam's abuses of his people.

'Devil's Advocate' and defender of Saddam Hussein is arrested

A celebrity lawyer whose clients have included Saddam Hussein, Gary Glitter, Harold Shipman and Ian Brady has been arrested at his Spanish villa.

The Devil's Double, Berlin Film Festival

Cooper excels as Saddam's son

Leading article: Sympathy for Straw should be limited

It was somehow fitting that Jack Straw should notch up the most appearances – three – of those called to give evidence to the Chilcot inquiry and that his final session should have been scheduled for the last day of public hearings. As Foreign Secretary at the time, Mr Straw occupied a key position in the government that took Britain to war; he has also emerged as one of the most conflicted of witnesses, describing his eventual decision to support the war as the hardest of his life.

Leading article: The folly of a gung-ho prime minister

Two charges were put to Tony Blair in his second appearance before the Iraq inquiry yesterday.

Weir fined £3m over Iraqi sanctions case

Weir, the Scottish engineering group which makes pumps and valves for the energy sector, has been fined £3m after pleading guilty to two charges of violating United Nations sanctions against Saddam Hussein's government in Iraq.

A Day That Shook The World: Saddam Hussein captured

On 14 December 2003 ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was dramatically captured by US forces after he was found to be residing in a tiny underground cellar.

Family relive their pain in hope of ending rumours

The decision to publish the post-mortem and toxicology reports into the death of Dr David Kelly now, rather than in 70 years time, was, to a large extent, to allow the family of the scientist some form of closure.

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A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
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Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
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Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
Lyricist Richard Thomas shares his 11-step recipe for creating a hit West End musical

11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

They’re thin, they’re light, you can use them for work on the move or keeping entertained
Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain