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Martin's Dream, By Clayborne Carson

Candace Allen – who was there – explores the legacy of a day, and a vision, that endure

Plane bound for San Francisco forced to turn back to Heathrow

Pilots of a transatlantic passenger plane have had to turn their aircraft round and return to Heathrow.

Jonathan Pollard, pictured in 1998, is serving a life sentence

US intelligence analyst jailed for spying for Israel speaks out against release of Palestine prisoners

Jonathan Pollard, the former US naval intelligence analyst who is serving a life sentence for spying for Israel, has penned a blistering attack on the Israeli government for releasing 26 Palestinian prisoners ahead of peace talks this week.

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Shares of both airlines plunged on news of the lawsuit

US government moves to block $11bn American Airlines-US Airways merger

Deal would leave four airlines in control of 80% of American commercial air travel market - leading to fears over higher fares and fees

The News Matrix: Saturday 10 August 2013

Online travel sites investigated

The News Matrix: Friday 9 August 2013

Male and female autism is different

Look before you ‘like’: Using smartphones on the move can seriously damage your health

Phubbing can be phatal: Staying glued to your smartphone in public isn't just rude, it can also get you killed

It turns out that staying glued to your smartphone in public isn't just rude, it can also get you killed. For the first time in decades, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported a rise in the number of American pedestrians killed in traffic accidents – from 4,109 in 2009 to 4,432 in 2011 – and the nation's Secretary of Transportation has attributed that rise to what he called "distracted walking".

The history of Segway Polo

Segway polo could only be described as a niche sport, invented by technology workers in Silicon Valley in the United States around 2003 - where a number of teams are still playing. The sport began when two Segway owners, Jonathan VanClute and Alex Ko, fashioned makeshift mallets from PVC piping and used them to hit a miniature beach ball in the park.

Expatriates play polo on Segway Human Transporters before a charity polo match at Dubai Polo Club

Segway polo? It’s cheaper than a horse and tailored leather boots...

Derided as a “pogo-stick on wheels” and banned from British roads and pavements, the Segway has long struggled to be taken seriously.

Exceptionally tenacious: Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas: Fearless veteran White House correspondent

Each profession has a handful of ground-breakers, and for American journalism, Helen Thomas was one of them. When she set out, women were confined to writing about family, fashion and tips on cooking. By the end she was the uncontested doyenne of the White House press corps, traditionally the summit of the trade.

Wide of the mark: Fran Halsall is now working with a sports psychologist after targeting five medals at last year’s Olympics but ending up with none

Olympic legacy: Medals will increase pool of talent

British swimmers failed at London Games and if there are no role models the grass roots will suffer

The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) expressed 'shock' at how the multinational giant Huawei established a huge presence in the UK

Huawei 'an unambiguous national security threat' says former CIA chief

Huawei responds, calling allegations 'tired' and 'unsubstantiated'

Liz Cheney, US senate wannabe

Page 3 Profile: Liz Cheney, US senate wannabe

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Must watch: Trailer for Steve McQueen's new film 12 Years a Slave starring Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Brad Pitt

The Shame director's new film is based on the true story of freed slave Solomon Northup

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

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

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
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Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
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The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
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How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
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How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
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Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
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Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
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The quirks of work perks

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Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
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The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
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'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

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Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada