Test row firm has 'record of failure', say Tories

The American company at the centre of the controversy over national curriculum test blunders is also providing tests for would-be migrants to the UK in English skills, it emerged yesterday. David Cameron, the Conservatives' leader, said ETS should be sacked from its £156m contract to mark and deliver national curriculum test results.

Declaration of Waugh: author's work revisited

More than 40 years after he died, Evelyn Waugh is on his way back, propelled by a big budget Hollywood movie, and a literary agent so pushy that he is known in the trade as "The Jackal".

Obama fever helps a new site put down roots

The Root, a website run by 'The Washington Post', aims to fulfil America's long-held desire for a national black paper, says Rachel Shields

Mystery of the toxic satellite

The US plans to shoot it down, but is it telling the truth about health risks?

Friends with Money (15)

Friends with Money is Desperate Housewives with the make-up scraped off. There are no fugitives chained up in basements or bodies buried under swimming pools, but there are four female friends who aren't sure, with middle-age looming, if their lives are everything they should have been. Catherine Keener co-writes screenplays with her husband, but can hardly bear to live with him any more, let alone collaborate with him. Joan Cusack and her husband have so much money that they literally don't know what to do with it. Frances McDormand is prone to furious outbursts at anyone who steals her parking space. And Jennifer Aniston, having quit her teaching job, works as a maid when she's not stalking a married ex-boyfriend.

New fears for future of tigers as Indian census project collapses

There are grave fears over the survival of tigers in the wild in India after the government announced that the results of a much-heralded census would be delayed by a year. The census was the centrepiece of a government initiative to protect India's dwindling tiger population after it became clear that scores were being killed by poachers in national parks, under the noses of wardens.

The Secret Man by Bob Woodward

Who would Deep Throat cough to now?

`Cursed' Hope diamond was cut from French stone, tests show

SCIENCE HAS proved what has long been rumoured. The Hope diamond - purportedly cursed and decidedly splendid - was cut from another stone.

Diversity row rattles top US newspapers

A new controversy has broken out over the lack of diversity at the highest echelons of US journalism, after The Washington Post chose a white man in preference to a black candidate and a woman to be its managing editor, the number two job on the paper.

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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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