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  • A lesson in diplomacy on the Iraq crisis from a past master in the craft
    Thursday, 3 October 2002

    If anyone needed to know what world statesmanship ought to be about, and how far short Washington is now falling behind it, they need only have listened to the speech given by Bill Clinton to the Labour Party Conference yesterday. While urging the...

  • Chart topper
    Thursday, 3 October 2002

    "I am rich beyond my wildest dreams," says Robbie Williams. An understandable enough claim, given that he has just signed an £80m contract with EMI in what is one of the the UK's biggest record deals, if not the biggest. But Mr Williams should be ...

  • The A-level debacle and the accountability of ministers
    Thursday, 3 October 2002

    The sheer magnitude of the crisis over this summer's A-levels became clear for all to see yesterday as Mike Tomlinson, the former chief schools inspector who is heading the independent inquiry into what happened, revealed that as many as 450,000 A...

  • Bill Clinton: Tony Blair deserves your support
    Thursday, 3 October 2002

    I think this whole Iraq issue is made more difficult for some of you because of the differences you have with the conservatives in America over other matters, over the International Criminal Court, the Kyoto Treaty, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty...

  • Is Bournemouth to be another Tory freak show?
    Thursday, 3 October 2002

    The Prime Minister did what he likes doing best at Blackpool this week: taking on his own party and fighting the grumpy vestiges of Old Labour. This dinosaur reared its head on Monday, complete with its snorting cry of "card vote" and its distinct...

  • John Harris: It is a deal of Third World GDP proportions and looks increasingly ill-advised
    Thursday, 3 October 2002

    Whether or not EMI have paid £80m for the next four Robbie Williams albums is a moot point: in yesterday's flurry of whispers, there was a familiar mixture of overheated journalism and PR hype.That said, his latest record deal will place him alongs...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Checking for breast cancer is best left to experts
    Thursday, 3 October 2002

    It is no accident that of all the cancers, those affecting the breast attract the most attention – something that is commensurate with the public interest in the organ. Breast cancer attracts one hundred times as much state research funding as prosta...

  • Clotted cream
    Wednesday, 2 October 2002

    Trust the English – or should we say Celts in this case – to look a gift-horse in the mouth and demand that it should be put down. To listen to some of the protest groups agitating at the success of Cornwall's Eden Project in drawing visitors, you wo...

  • Christabel Gurney: It is not choice we need, it is democracy
    Wednesday, 2 October 2002

    I took my seat in the Winter Gardens yesterday afternoon for the party leader's speech, hoping like many other delegates to be reassured by Tony Blair on the two big issues of this year's conference: Iraq and the Private Finance Initiatives. My o...

  • A speech that shows just how much New Labour dominates the landscape
    Wednesday, 2 October 2002

    Madison Square Gardens – that's what it looked like. Surrounded by his audience, Tony Blair gave a keynote speech that had been spun in advance as being politically pugilistic. Maybe. It was certainly a strange and effective one-man boxing match...

  • Mary Dejevsky: Welcome to the ways of the boys' club Edwina
    Wednesday, 2 October 2002

    The second that David Mellor allowed the words "cheap trollop" to escape his lips, you knew that the boys' club was in full cry. John Major may have arrived at Westminster as an outsider, always mindful of his humble origins, but he is now a full...

  • Harold Thimbleby: It simply adds up
    Wednesday, 2 October 2002

    We as consumers think computers can perform magic. Many of us are in awe of their power and feel ill-equipped to question manufacturers on performance and usability of everyday computerised gadgets. Often, if we cannot use a product or understand the...

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

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Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
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Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
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150 years after it was outlawed...

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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

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