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Sir Nicholas Macpherson is accused of trying to scare the public into a Yes vote in an EU referendum

Witnesses will always be at risk in British courts

Our adversarial system gives barristers every incentive to trash people's reputations

Marco Rubio’s Chatham House speech received applause; but can he convince fellow Republicans?
WestJet, based in Calgary, is extending its domestic network across the Atlantic to Ireland

Canadian airline WestJet sparks air fares war across the Atlantic

Calgary-based WestJet extends domestic network to Dublin, treading on toes of Ryanair

Pope Francis arrives for his general audience at St Peter's square

A wolf in Pope's clothing? Francis is not the progressive man he has been made out to be

There's more than meets the eye to the man behind the cloth

Album review: Dizzee Rascal, The Fifth Dirtee (Stank/Island)

Album of the Week: Rapscallion rapper's cheeky charm is wearing a bit thin

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Book review: Mr Loverman, By Bernadine Evaristo

A gay love story that combines the immigrant experience with sexual reinvention

Mark Leftly: Audacious they may be, but defence reforms look a complete mess

Outlook Bernard Gray is a yo-yo dieter, but when it comes to philosophical conviction he is as steadfast as the sturdiest dreadnought. Mind you, plenty of those super-battleships were sunk by undetected mines and enemies.

Kuldip Singh Brar's throat was slashed in an attack in London

'I don't know if I will die a natural death': Indian army general Kuldip Singh Brar reveals he's been the target of eight assassination attempts

The retired Indian general whose throat was slashed in an attack in London has been the target of eight assassination attempts by Sikh militants in revenge for his leadership of the 1984 assault on the Golden Temple of Amritsar, he told The Independent in an interview.

William Mysterious: Bassist with punk rockers the Rezillos

Using the pseudonym William Mysterious, Alastair Donaldson played saxophone and bass guitar with the Scottish punk band the Rezillos. Combining a sci-fi, day-glo aesthetic, references to Thunderbirds and The Flintstones, and a fast, fun take on 1960s beat music, the group burst on to the Edinburgh scene in January 1977 and later that year signed to Seymour Stein's Sire Records, the home of New York punk-pioneers the Ramones and Richard Hell. Credited as Mysterious on their exuberant debut Can't Stand the Rezillos, which made the Top 20 in August 1978, Donaldson left before the band appeared on Top of the Pops to promote their paean to the very same television show but returned to contribute to their swansong release, Mission Accomplished... But the Beat Goes On, recorded live at the Glasgow Apollo on 23 December 1978.

Book review: TransAtlantic, By Colum McCann

Irish-American history lays its hand upon the present in a novel of journeys and returns

“Kill switch” software to tackle smartphone theft as Boris Johnson calls for action

New security measures needed as part of “corporate responsibility, Mayor tells companies

Trade trumps the Snowden row

The potential rewards of a transatlantic trade deal are huge

Transatlantic trade discussions could boost UK economy by £100bn over 10 years

Talks started today on free-trade deal between EU and US that could be worth up to $200bn a year to Western economies

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Fifa corruption: The 161-page dossier that exposes the organisation's dark heart

The 161-page dossier that exposes Fifa's dark heart

How did a group of corrupt officials turn football’s governing body into what was, in essence, a criminal enterprise? Chris Green and David Connett reveal all
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Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

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How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

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