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Barbara Stocking: New beginnings in Haiti

The statues of Haiti’s heroes who led the slave revolt centuries ago are no longer visible.

The Battle of Trafalgar Square: The poll tax riots revisited

London's poll tax riot, 20 years ago next week, has come to symbolise the end of Thatcherism. But how was it for those involved? David Graham revisits the scene

The rights of woman: How far have they advanced?

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EasyJet owner to sue Ryanair boss over 'despicable behaviour'

EasyJet owner Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou is suing Michael O’Leary for libel, accusing the Ryanair chief executive of “despicable behaviour” for an advertising campaign characterising the Greek entrepreneur as Pinnochio and implying he lied about EasyJet’s punctuality statistics.

Turkmen statue turns its last

Turkmenistan's president has ordered the removal of a rotating golden statue of former dictator Saparmurat Niyazov, his most decisive move yet to dismantle one of the world's most eccentric personality cults.

Try, try again works for Robert the Bruce – 130 years late

A statue of the proud Scottish King is finally put up after over a century's delay

Sir Clive Sinclair: Down but never out, the eternal optimist is back

It's been 25 years since the Sinclair C5 was launched and flopped. But its inventor refuses to let these knocks get in the way of his ideas. Jonathan Owen meets Sir Clive Sinclair

Sport Vote: Contest of the Decade

Vote for your favourite sporting moments of the decade

Not a waste: 5,000 Londoners to feast on left-over food

Up to 5,000 passers-by in central London are to be served hot soups made from "ugly" vegetables, freshly-made sandwiches and fruit smoothies in a free feast of "Biblical proportions".

My Week: General Sir John Kiszely

The president of the Royal British Legion on the biggest week of his year – and a demand for poppies that saw some areas run out

Mary Wakefield: Sex education classes are the last thing young children need

Such a charming little story I heard this week, told me by a friend who is governor of her local school. We were standing outside Sainsbury's, wondering where the car was parked, when The Twelve Days of Christmas started up in the forecourt. My friend sighed; gave her head a sad little shake. "What?" I asked. Well, she said, as a treat for the younger pupils, two officials from the local NHS trust had arrived to sing a song for them during the class that used to be sex education and is now PSHE (personal, social and health education). It was a jolly song, chosen with the festive season in mind, and because I've since found the lyrics online I can tell you that it went like this:

Soldiers to join anti-war protest

Soldiers, ex-soldiers and military families are set to speak out against the war in Afghanistan before joining a protest tomorrow.

Ray Mears: 'It's that bloke who lives in the woods'

The Surrey schoolboy who preferred sleeping out of doors has become television's favourite survivalist. But he's not protective of his imitators. Emily Dugan meets Ray Mears
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The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
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A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

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Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
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From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
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Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
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Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
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The air strikes were tragically real

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Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
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How did our legends really begin?

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Lambrusco is back on the menu

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