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A Fathers4Justice campaigner has been found guilty of defacing a portrait of the Queen with purple paint while it was hanging in Westminster Abbey.

Pope praises Britain's WW2 fight against Nazis

Pope Benedict XVI praised Britain's fight against the Nazis today as he gave his first speech of his state visit to the UK.

1m pocket guides issued for Pope's UK visit

A million copies of a handbook including hymns, prayers and articles about the Pope's visit will be distributed to parishes across England, Scotland and Wales, the Catholic Church said today.

The private thoughts of Dr Livingstone, I presume

Historians decipher Scottish explorer's letters from deepest Africa

English Heritage shows how to get a head at the abbey

Purists angered by quango's choice of models for restored stonework at Westminster Abbey

Idwal Pugh: Civil servant, ombudsman and proud Welshman

Idwal Pugh was one of the ablest entrants to the Civil Service in the post-war reconstruction exam of 1946. He rose to be Permanent Secretary of the Welsh Office and then Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration and Health (the ombudsman).

Why autism is different for girls

We may think it only affects boys. But the female variant is often much harder to spot – and that means thousands of girls may be going undiagnosed. Jeremy Laurance reports

Tom Barnaby's cousin to take over Midsomer patch

Long-serving detective Tom Barnaby will be replaced by his cousin in ITV's Midsomer Murders as actor John Nettles steps down from the show, it was announced yesterday.

Remembrance Sunday: 'At least we knew what we were fighting for in 1944'

This year's commemorations were given added poignancy by events in Afghanistan. Cahal Milmo reports

My Week: General Sir John Kiszely

The president of the Royal British Legion on the biggest week of his year – and a demand for poppies that saw some areas run out

Mrs Gaskell gets her place in the sun

The once neglected creator of Cranford is to be commemorated in a window above Poets' Corner

How to map out a new role for yourself as a cartographer

If you like geography, are good on detail and have ace computer skills, you should consider a career as a cartographer

Leading article: In memoriam

The living link between the First World War and today's Britain might already have become largely symbolic. But with the deaths of Henry Allingham ten days ago, and of Harry Patch this weekend, that link has finally broken. And it is entirely fitting that the passing of this generation should be formally commemorated; the Prime Minister's proposal for a service at Westminster Abbey will surely be embraced.

Special WWI memorial to be held in the autumn

A special service to commemorate the sacrifices of the First World War generation is to be held in the autumn after the death of the last British survivor of the trenches, Harry Patch.

The last of the noblest generation

Harry Patch died yesterday aged 111. He was the nation's final living link to the horrors of the Western Front. <b>David Randall</b>, the last journalist to meet Private Patch, reports

Leading article: A peculiar idea

The Dean of Westminster Abbey is inviting the public to comment on bold plans to alter the London skyline by placing a corona – a feature in the shape of the crown – on the roof. Could this mark the start of round three of the war waged by a certain royal against carbuncles sprouting on the face of much-loved friends?

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