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Christina Patterson: The price of this war keeps going up

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Lying about Iraq made me quit, press officer claims

Having to peddle "government lies" about the safety of soldiers in Iraq led to a Ministry of Defence press officer suffering post-traumatic stress disorder, an employment tribunal will hear.

Woman dies after mobility scooter crash

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After Suitable Boy, India in frenzy over A Suitable Girl

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Thousands of workers await Friends Provident's decision on southern offices

Friends Provident, the FTSE 100 insurer, is believed to be considering consolidating its offices across the South of England, which could result in job losses.

New romantic: fashion for all ages and audiences

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Ground control to Major Tim - a UK breakthrough

Briton Major Timothy Peake was named by the European Space Agency (ESA) today as one of its six new astronauts.

When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the Seventies, By Andy Beckett

With his much-praised debut, Pinochet in Piccadilly, Andy Beckett proved himself an adept practitioner of the miniaturist's art. When the Lights Went Out finds him taking a few steps further back into the recent past, and contemplating a far larger canvas. The question is, which palette will he employ: the familiar DayGlo indulgences of British non- fiction's personalised, post-Hornby orthodoxy (wherein the author purports to provide an insight into broader social conditions by anatomising his youthful fondness for Bruce Springsteen, or the evolution of his relationship with a favourite space hopper), or the less eye-catching but ultimately more satisfying paintbox of real intellectual inquiry?

Susan Hibbert: Secretary at Eisenhower's wartime headquarters

Susan Hibbert was witness to one of the most momentous events in the 20th century – the signing of the German surrender at the end of the Second World War on 7 May 1945.

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