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Saturday, 25 August 2007

  • Leading article: Our soldiers deserve better treatment
    Sunday, 26 August 2007

    Last week three British soldiers were killed by friendly fire from a US air strike in Afghanistan, and two of their comrades badly wounded. Accidents are bound to happen in combat, and total British forces deaths in Afghanistan (70) and in Iraq (168)...

  • Kevin Sampson: There used to be a community here. There still could be
    Sunday, 26 August 2007

    For the past couple of years, young street gangs from Croxteth – the Crockyheads – have fought a bloody turf war with the Strand Crew from neighbouring Norris Green (Nogzy). Exactly a year previously from the night of Rhys's murder, one of the Strand...

  • Anthony Seldon: Don't worry, be happy
    Sunday, 26 August 2007

    Over the past decade, Britain has become a more prosperous nation. Yet the research evidence very clearly shows that increasing affluence does not lead to an increase in happiness or well-being. Britain has in fact become a sicker and a less happy na...

  • Bruce Riedel: My fellow Americans should not blame the Brits
    Sunday, 26 August 2007

    This analysis does the British Army a great disservice. British forces have performed honorably in Iraq. The problem has never been the troops: it is the mission they were sent to do and the poor leadership they have received. Given the few allies th...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' Editor
    Sunday, 26 August 2007

    Reader Robert Lewis from Maiden Newton in Dorset, is fretting about the forecast. "What's happening to the accuracy of your forecast, which always seems to offer a bleaker outlook than reality?" he writes. "Often you are forecasting rain or showers f...

  • Vicki Woods: Are Crocs shoes as green as they appear?
    Sunday, 26 August 2007

    "Tell you what," she said. "They're the most comfortable shoes I ever had in my life." And so fashion-forward, eh? Up there stylewise with Nicole Kidman and Teri Hatcher and – erm, Britney! She beamed. Now, I know, I know, that Crocs are last year's ...

  • Rupert Cornwell: Out Of America
    Sunday, 26 August 2007

    They always run a fascinating special exhibit, highlighting how the automobile is woven into the culture of America, and into the culture of LA in particular. When I dropped by last week, the show featured convertibles. These days the ubiquity of air...

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'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there