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15 changed over so far, but many more could follow, says Lord Adonis

UN war crimes team arrest Bosnian atrocities suspect

IN THEIR most audacious and controversial strike yet, UN prosecutors secured the arrest yesterday of an alleged leading Bosnian Serb war criminal in Vienna, where he was attending an international defence policy seminar.

Which Way 99: student file: mature outlook

when Janet Bick went back to college as a mature student, she soon discovered that her age was a great asset

Earl of Derby aims to be seminar baron

WHEN IT comes to the family seat, the motto of the Derby family - Sans Changer (Nothing changes) - is so inappropriate that it borders on some kind of dynastic in-joke.

Graduation plan for `lost generation'

EVERY TEENAGER should graduate in the American style by the age of 19, David Blunkett, the Secretary of State for Education, said yesterday. He was announcing proposals to rescue a "lost generation" of 161,000 16 to 18-year-olds who have dropped out of education, training and employment.

BOOKS: A guide to never-ending artichokes

Why Read the Classics? by Italo Calvino Cape pounds 16.99 The Story Begins by Amos Oz Chatto pounds 12.99

Health: Women who don't want it

More and more women today are going off sex. Is it a lack of desire - or satisfaction?

Who sat between Doubting Thomas and Peter the Rock?

EVEN AFTER 2,000 years or so of Biblical scholarship, there are many questions unanswered. For instance, I have met a few religious teachers and theologians and biblical experts in my time, and I have even met A N Wilson once or twice, and none of them could solve for me one of the big problems of the New Testament: what was the seating plan at the Last Supper?

Fat chance of turning this tide of old cobblers

Could Lord Bragg not use a more sensitive phrase, like `a naturally heavy-boned lot of good'?

Straw wants anti-racism lessons in all-white schools

AN ATTEMPT to introduce anti-racism programmes to schools in all-white areas was announced by Home Secretary Jack Straw yesterday when he addressed a race seminar of young people.

Arts: Leading from the front

Conducting takes up half Benjamin Zander's life. The rest is spent inspiring politicians, moguls, children. Anyone.

A mountain to climb on racism, says Blair

BRITAIN HAS a "mountain to climb" before it becomes a decent multicultural society, Tony Blair warns today as the Government continues to digest the damning conclusions of the Lawrence report.

Media: We need TV we can trust

British television is in disgrace - but other countries are producing confessional shows beyond our wildest nightmares

Education Letter: The real problem with RAE

Opinions on girls and science, literacy and numeracy tests, Chris Woodhead, the role of research, and falling academic standards

London is capital of Third Way

TONY BLAIR is setting up a European "policy unit", based in London, to work out common ideas for centre-left governments on the continent, writes Rachel Sylvester, Political Editor. Academics from countries including Germany, France and Spain are being asked to participate in the initiative, provisionally called "The New Policy Network".

Female managers `must be ruthless' to be successful

BUSINESS SCHOOLS that urge "managers for the new millennium" to make contact with their feminine side have got it all wrong, the British Psy- chological Society was told yesterday.
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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform