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A military court sentenced 11 supporters of Mohamed Morsi, the deposed Islamist President, to life imprisonment today on charges of attacking the army.

Credit Agricole buys rest of Indosuez for pounds 641m

The uncertain future of Banque Indosuez was finally settled over the weekend when Credit Agricole bought out the 49 per cent stake it did not already own in the debt-laden French bank for FFr5.6bn (pounds 641m).

Obituary: Lord Hankey

The second Lord Hankey was a man of great style and energy who was present at some of the more extraordinary moments in history.

The lie that changed us

Forty years ago Suez killed the myth that Britain was still a world power.

Queen's politics revealed

The Queen has been a significant political influence in Britain throughout her reign and in general she has used it to push government policy to the left, according to a new biography of the monarch by the historian Ben Pimlott.

Why did we fail in Suez?

Forty years ago this week, Egypt nationalised the canal and Britain set off down the road to humiliation.

The PM still has the German lavatory card up his sleeve

A few weeks ago I wrote that Mr John Major's great political talent was for doing the unexpected. Well, with his go-slow or work-to-rule in Europe (evocative epithets, recalling as they do what was, paradoxically, a gentler era in our national life), Mr Major has done it again. In a quarter of an hour last Tuesday, he united his party, put the entire Tory press onside and discomposed the Opposition or, at any rate, the Labour part of it.

obituary: Sacha Rabinovitch

Sacha Rabinovitch, known to some people as the mother of the distinguished novelist, playwright and critic Gabriel Josipovici, was a gifted and fascinating literary figure in her own right.

Six weeks at sea on a diet of bortsch

The Komsomolsk was late. Nobody, even the agents, knew when it would arrive. So we waited in Fremantle getting increasingly twitchy since our three-month Australian visas expired at the end of April.

Israelis admit war crimes

Six Day War atrocities: Veteran's account of captives in Egyptian uniforms being shot in the desert adds fuel to scandal; 'A prisoner was given a shovel and started to dig. Then he was fired at'

OBITUARY : Christian Pineau

Christian Pineau was a trade-union activist, writer, Resistance leader, and a socialist deputy and minister under the Fourth Republic (playing leading roles in the Suez crisis of 1956 and the development of the Common Market).

Obituary: Adrien de Menasce

Adrien de Menasce, painter: born Alexandria, Egypt 1 August 1925; died London 23 March 1995.

LEADING ARTICLE: An angry watershed in British culture

Noel Coward said of himself that he had "a talent to amuse". John Osborne, who died on Christmas Eve, had a talent to attack. He elevated vituperation into an art form. Latterly, his vitriol poured out in journalism and autobiography. But, as a p laywright, no one could ever take away his star part in the year of the greatest upheaval in recent British history: 1956.

What the Queen knew

`Well, at least this is better than being on the QE2' Peter Hennessy discovers just how well the secret services kept the Palace info rmed during the Suez crisis

MI6 reported to Queen on Suez

Secret documents believed to have been shredded confirm for the first time that the Queen not only took a close interest in the Suez invasion, but had daily access to MI6 intelligence.
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