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The pair are related, equally randomly, through 19th century Vanity Fair writer William Thackeray

Boycott threat ends Reed's support for new law

Reed Elsevier, the FTSE 100-listed publisher of academic journals, has withdrawn its support for controversial legislation in the US that would restrict free access to research papers, after thousands of academics around the world backed a campaign started by a Cambridge don to boycott its publications.

Pearson set to splash out again but 'Financial Times is safe'

Dame Marjorie Scardino, the head of Pearson, has again scotched stories that the Financial Times could be sold as she earmarked another £1bn for acquisitions to drive the education group's international expansion.

An Evening Standard journalist worked out that the cost of nurturing the 12 trees at Portcullis House over a year, probably exceeds £400,000

Diary: Bercow calls for root 'n' branch change on trees

The 12 fig trees that beautify Portcullis House, the huge extension to the House of Commons on the far side of the road from Big Ben, may soon be uprooted. The trees have been there since the building was opened more than 10 years ago, but are not owned by Parliament. They are rented, at a basic cost of more than £30,000 a year.

Rivals plan to spoil Rupert Murdoch's new sunrise

Another new red top could soon be rivalling the Sunday edition of The Sun, which launches this weekend. The former Sunday Express editor, Susan Douglas, has financial backing for a new tabloid based on the mass appeal of the News of the World before the phone-hacking scandal. It would inevitably compete directly with Rupert Murdoch's new tabloid, The Sun on Sunday.

Leading article: Deplorable acts of gender preference

There are many grounds upon which a woman may reasonably want to terminate a pregnancy. The sex of the foetus, however, is not one of them. And the evidence that some British clinics are unashamedly agreeing to perform abortions on that basis is deplorable.

Drop in rainfall killed off Mayans

A reduction in rainfall led to the collapse of the Mayan civilisation more than 1,100 years ago, a study has concluded.

Polanski wins libel case

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Sometimes, quality time with a young actress was not enough. Simple solution: two actresses

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