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Apple's disappointing update this week sent shares in most of its suppliers tumbling, but smartphone parts maker Laird got City approval after its strategy update yesterday.

Taylor still snubbing war crimes trial at The Hague

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor maintained his boycott of his war crimes trial for a second day yesterday, prompting judges to adjourn the case to consider whether to allow a defence appeal over key documents.

Taylor's lawyer walks out on tribunal

The lawyer representing Charles Taylor stormed out of court yesterday after judges refused to accept a written summary of the former Liberian president's defence at the end of his landmark war crimes case.

Charles Taylor's lawyer storms out of court

Charles Taylor's lawyer has stormed out of court after judges refused to accept a written summary of the former Liberian president's defence case at the end of his war crimes trial in the Netherlands.

Ivory Coast's Gbagbo gets ultimatum to go into exile

West African leaders delivered a final ultimatum to Laurent Gbagbo in person yesterday, threatening that the military would oust him if he doesn't go into exile, a month after the disputed election.

Cooper: We should have criticised US over human rights

Labour is preparing a break with its recent past by dropping its unquestioning support of US foreign policy under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

Geoffrey Robertson QC: The Great Defender

One man stands between Julian Assange and extradition. Fortunately for the WikiLeaks founder, he is a barrister whose brilliance has won some of the defining legal battles of the age

Appeal: Raped by the enemy, shunned by friends

The 'bush wives' were the forgotten victims of Sierra Leone's civil war. Now their plight is being addressed.

Sierra Leone: Wildlife, white sands, and a new wisdom

Nick Redmayne returns to this formerly war-torn West African country to find that it now welcomes tourists with open arms...and cold beers

A History of the World in 100 Objects, Radio 4, Monday-Friday

Two million years of human ingenuity measured out in flukes and treasures

Small Talk: Confidence on Aim is rising despite fear of Coalition cutbacks

George Osborne's axe is on its way and the doomsayers reckon that if applied too heavily, it could send the economy back into recession. But as reported in this column in recent months, the gloom appears to be lifting on the Alternative Investment Market (Aim). Several pieces of research have indicated that more companies are considering a listing or raising more money, and all the pointers show that confidence is on the up on the small-cap index.

Thrill seekers - The transience of earthly pleasures

The latest group show organised by All Visual Arts sees artists such as the Chapman Brothers, Polly Morgan and Paul Fryer contributing works looking at the impermanence of pleasure when viewed from the perspective of death.

Chasing the Devil: The Search for Africa's Fighting Spirit, By Tim Butcher

It's not unusual in West Africa to see dancing "devils" entertaining a crowd of amused local people. Tim Butcher encountered one shortly after crossing the border between Sierra Leone and Liberia, and he describes it in his new book as a masked figure – the headpiece carved from a single piece of jet-black wood – with a floor-length raffia skirt. Everyone knows there's a human being underneath, but the "devil" is accompanied by a young man who keeps brushing its skirt flat to maintain the illusion.

MoD pays £100,000 to weapons expert

A former bomb disposal expert has been awarded more than £100,000 compensation by the Ministry of Defence because the Army failed to treat him for post-traumatic stress disorder. The unnamed soldier, who served in Britain, the Gulf, Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, was medically discharged in 2004 after 20 years of service but argued that he would not have had a breakdown later on had his condition been properly monitored and treated.

'HIV is no longer an epidemic. But the stigma is'

A German court case has shone a light on the social impact of infection

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Naomi Campbell isn't at fault

State villainy carries on in the world because high-minded leaders can let go of the moral principles when the time, cause or the price is right
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Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
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The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

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'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

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Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

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Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
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The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss