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Saturday, 26 January 2008

  • Leading article: Musharraf talks of democracy – but his real goal is hanging on to power
    Saturday, 26 January 2008

    On Monday, Mr Musharraf was in Brussels to reassure the European Parliament that he is in control of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal. On Thursday, he addressed world leaders at the economic forum in Davos, promising that national assembly elections next m...

  • Leading article: Invest in the planet and clean up
    Sunday, 27 January 2008

    The rest of the world almost boycotted the get-together in the face of United States's intransigence at the crucial international negotiations in Bali last month, suspecting, quite rightly, that it is a diversionary tactic intended to impede progress...

  • Oliver James: Despite ourselves, we are all Gordon Gekkos now
    Sunday, 27 January 2008

    The broking world is pressurised: the hours are fearsome, the harshness of the penalties for failing implacable. It's the apotheosis of dog-eat-dog individualism. A 2000 study of New York brokers showed two-thirds were depressed, with high levels of ...

  • Joanna Adams: Just upstairs, and horribly at risk
    Sunday, 27 January 2008

    Tasha is the 13th young suicide in the Bridgend area in the past year and the police confirmed yesterday that they are looking at websites such as Bebo, MySpace and Facebook to see if they could be to blame. [See 'Bridgend inquests told of young me...

  • Tim Lott: It's a breakthrough. I can feel it in my... chromosomes, is it?
    Sunday, 27 January 2008

    "We've described the largest man-made molecule of a defined structure. It's a chromosome, a genome from a bacteria that's roughly of 575,000 base pairs." "You've lost me already," said Humphrys. Venter sighed. "We sequenced," he said patiently, "dete...

  • Leading article: A second-rate contest for a first-rate city
    Saturday, 26 January 2008

    The institution of elected mayor has undoubtedly been good for the capital, as for most other cities where it has been introduced. It has given London a voice and a figurehead, although not always, or in every respect, the one voters might have wante...

  • Katy Guest: Jacqui Smith told the truth. Women feel threatened
    Sunday, 27 January 2008

    Asked in an interview whether she'd be happy to walk alone at night in Hackney, she replied: "No, why would I do that?" OK, she shouldn't have continued: "I just don't think it's a thing that people do", because obviously it is, particularly people w...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 27 January 2008

    The latest "martyr" – Janet Devers, a market stallholder from Hackney – got wide coverage last week in a fight against prosecution by her local council for selling apples and pears in pounds and ounces. At the same time, a 16,000-name petition callin...

  • Letters: Migrants and the NHS
    Saturday, 26 January 2008

    I admire Dr Toosy's "ethical principles" and indeed, as a registered nurse, share them, but healthcare professionals also owe a duty of care to others, including the taxpayer – without whom there would be no welfare state. An NHS doctor or a nurse wh...

  • The Weasel: Around the world in a day
    Saturday, 26 January 2008

    But pretty much everything else is in the work that claims to be "The Greatest Book on Earth". Moving to sunnier climes, we can find trousers (Jodhpur, Rajasthan), tinned meat (Fray Bentos, Uruguay), emotions (Mount Misery, Gibraltar), insects (Golfo...

  • Leading article: Arrivederci, Signor Prodi
    Saturday, 26 January 2008

    In 20 months in office, Mr Prodi brought an unaccustomed sense of solidity to the complex business of governing Italy. Now, in all probability, the country faces new elections. At worst, this will return the Berlusconi circus to power – with deleteri...

  • The IoS diary
    Sunday, 27 January 2008

    The Lib Dem MP for Montgomeryshire has an unmatched record for backing the wrong horse, so when an article by Opik appeared in the 'Western Mail' in defence of the Welsh Secretary a week ago, the Orange'un's fate was surely sealed. It all began in 19...

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Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

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Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

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Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

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Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

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Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

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7 best quadcopters and drones

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From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home