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Former staff of a development quango were sent for patchwork, pottery and jewellery-making lessons at taxpayers’ expense, an investigation has found.

Drugs slip in as Britain grieves

Customs officers have seized more than pounds 2m worth of cannabis as smugglers took advantage of the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, to bring the drugs into Britain.

An empire awash with ambition

The sky's the limit for Procter & Gamble recruits. But it's hard to get in. Helen Jones reports

London's mayor? Turn again

Attempts to unify the city under one leader are doomed because of the disparate nature of the place, says David Walker

ready to wear : Holey orders

CROCHET. Almost immediately the image that springs to mind is something made from heavy-gauge wool that Mildred Roper would have worn in some lovely Seventies sitcom. But over the past few years, crochet has been a firm fixture in many a designer's collection - a black or cream crochet cardigan is a staple summer-evening piece. Wherever possible, go for synthetic or silk yarn, as this tends to be much finer and hence can be made up in garments that look pretty and delicate and also drape much better than that Roper-inspired, old-blanket look. Just watch out for cheap manufacturing because once a bit of it unravels, it all does. From this week, we shall also be quoting sizes on all clothes shown, partly to shame those that don't make clothes bigger than a size 14 and also to bring welcome attention to those that do.

Army firing squads killed boy soldiers

At least five of the 307 British soldiers sentenced to death during the First World War were under age but were still executed by army firing squads, it emerged yesterday.

Shot at dawn: the scared young men who lied to fight in Flanders

They were sick, cold, hungry, tired and terrified. They saw their friends bombed, gassed and cut to pieces in spectacular numbers and they were reduced to trembling wrecks by relentless shellfire and the imminence of their own demise.

Bedside manner fails to impress doctors on call

They do not feature in any medical text book, but every GP is familiar with them: the bizarre calls made in the small hours of the morning by patients who view their family doctor like the local pizza delivery man.

Voting in the council elections

This is the full list of results in last Thursday's council elections.

The key to khaki

Khaki is battledress. Melanie Rickey reports from the war zone: high streets here and in the US

Election '97: Official clock starts running as Parliament is dissolved

Parliament is formally dissolved today, starting the official clock running for the election on 1 May.

Minister gives green light to widen M25

A plan to widen part of the M25 to 10 and 12 lanes has been given the go-ahead by John Watts, the Roads Minister, after a Department of Transport official let slip that the scheme was essential to service the proposed fifth terminal at Heathrow Airport.

Tories 'fighting like ferrets in a sack'

Election countdown

Row over hospital killer bug

Ministers were last night accused of taking a cavalier attitude to public health after it was revealed that there has been a tenfold increase in the number of hospital patients contracting a potential killer bug.

Woolly thinking

Pull the designer wool over your eyes - at high street prices.

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