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Colditz; the Great Escape; Bridge on the River Kwai and, recently, the Railway Man. Parodies of them by everyone from Beyond the Fringe to Russ Abbott. All second world war. Memoir after memoir. And yet with the single, powerful exception of the French classic La Grande Illusion, the prisoners of the Great War have gone largely unchronicled.

High shareholder returns has meant that some water companies have been unable to fund clean-water projects

Water companies told to stop siphoning off cash to foreign owners

Former head of Ofwat lambasts privatised firms for paying excessive dividends

The purported hysteria can be triggered by large-scale tragedies such as the Rana Plaza disaster

Garment factory workers in Bangladesh fall ill in what experts say could be sign of mass hysteria

More than 1,000 factory workers have fallen ill across the country in recent weeks

Indian security personnel stand guard at an entrance gate - covered with portraits of missing pilgrims - of the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun

Anger as Indian politicians involved in scuffles at airport over flood relief

As India on Thursday began the mass cremation of hundreds of bodies left by the Himalayan floods, half a dozen politicians from rival parties have been condemned after scuffling at an airport and trying to lure survivors on to planes they had chartered.

Mark Leftly: Osbornism - one small step for the man, one giant leap for the economy... ideally

Outlook As an economic paradigm, Osbornism has reached maturity: the theory has taken a long time to craft but it has now developed to such an extent that its full force has been unleashed in practice.

Volunteers rescue 80 swans after oil leak in the River Thames

Authorities believe they may never discover the source of the leak, which can damage swan's internal organs

Police clash with protesters in Edinburgh on 4 July 2005 ahead of the Gleneagles summit

What did the year of Live 8 change?

The optimistic zeal for reform before the UK’s last G8 was so strong that even Pink Floyd were prepared to be conciliatory. Sarah Morrison assesses  the actual results

Ben Chu: Wading through Thames' muddy waters

Outlook If Thames Water's product was as opaque as its accounts Londoners wouldn't relish turning on their taps.

The Business Matrix: Thursday 13 June 2013

Monarch  takes flight

The company’s accounts also show it paid £328.2 million interest on “intercompany loans” via a Cayman Islands funding vehicle to pay external bondholders such as pension funds

What The Sunday Papers Said

Independent on Sunday: The UK needs national talent bank

The Weekend’s Viewing: It’s not easy being a deep-cover KGB agent in Eighties America

The Americans, Sat, ITV / Spying on Hitler’s Army: the Secret Recordings, Sun, Channel 4

Investment Insider: Boring utilities but exciting returns

Water, gas and electricity can power your investment

Ben Chu: Water, water everywhere – but where is there any benefit for customers?

Outlook The City's mouth is watering. A takeover bid for Severn Trent from a consortium of pension funds and a sovereign wealth pot is stimulating juices in the Square Mile. Large fees for investment banks and, naturally, profits for speculators are in prospect if the £5bn-odd approach to buy the water company, which unveiled its full-year results yesterday, is successful. The other two other listed water utilities could also soon be in play too, slather the bulls.

Severn: We’re worth £1bn more than bid approach

Severn Trent, the water giant which this month rejected a Canadian and Kuwaiti takeover approach, today told investors it’s worth almost £8 billion — nearly £1 billion more than the price thought to have been offered by the foreign bidders.

Baby No 59 was rescued after being in the sewage pipe for two days

Mother of Baby No 59 found in sewage pipe in China was in crowd watching as he was cut free

Unmarried woman said she could not afford an abortion after child’s father denied responsibility

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Songs from the bell jar

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King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

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More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

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Can meditation be bad for you?

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