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  • Letters: Drug addiction and rehabilitation
    Saturday, 4 October 2008

    Dr Waismann is offering rapid detox, but not rehab – putting people on to a year-long course of Naltrexone is not a cure; it is substituting one drug with another. Interestingly, there is no mention of what happens to these patients after this year –...

  • Leading Article: A reshuffle that sends out conflicting messages
    Saturday, 4 October 2008

    For the party, the message is that Mr Brown is now running a national unity government, without – thank you very much – the help of David Cameron and his Conservatives. Mr Mandelson, who said as much in his statement outside No 10 yesterday, will no ...

  • Leading Article: The real economy takes a hit
    Saturday, 4 October 2008

    That the situation is similar in much of the industrialised world, with the exception of China, is small comfort. The 15 per cent depreciation of sterling over the past year has brought scant relief. Among the first to feel the pinch are car manufact...

  • Leading article: A commissioner who tried to be politician and policeman
    Friday, 3 October 2008

    The case against Sir Ian was a telling one. His three and a half years as Britain's top policeman have been blighted by controversy, which began when his officers shot dead Jean Charles de Menezes after mistakenly identifying him as a suicide bomber....

  • The Weasel: Goodbye to all that
    Saturday, 4 October 2008

    The editors of this paper have (at least until now) put up with a series of strange obsessions in this space. Recurring themes included pigs, Keith Richards, books on minimalism (they now clog our house), the ingenious Christmas present ideas suggest...

  • Letters: London Zoo
    Friday, 3 October 2008

    The venerable captive animal institution cites aggression and lack of reproductive interest between a male and female tiger as justification to redevelop its big cat exhibits. However, a requirement was recently imposed by zoo inspectors that plans f...

  • Leading article: Death with dignity
    Friday, 3 October 2008

    The couple have come a long way from the night they met in Singapore 13 years ago, when Ms Purdy, a marketing executive, was on holiday and Mr Puente was playing with his band in the World Music Club. She had spent 10 years travelling the world skiin...

  • Archie Bland: Drunk, stripped and thrown in a pond
    Friday, 3 October 2008

    Still, there they are, in a video that's prompted an investigation by the institution's authorities: a dozen or so acquiescent young men being silently frogmarched along by someone dressed as a Nazi, and then drinking, and being sick, and drinking so...

  • Connie Hedegaard: No one will act on climate change until America makes a move
    Friday, 3 October 2008

    But right now the world is waiting for the United States to move. And rightly so. It has the technology, the economic capacity and the manpower to cut back emissions significantly. I am well aware that the industrial backbone of the USwas formed in a...

  • Leading article: Golden age
    Friday, 3 October 2008

    The British Museum has just unveiled a statue of... wait for it... Kate Moss, wrought in 50 kilograms of solid gold. We would spare the British Museum's blushes by pointing out that the statue is just one exhibit in a show of contemporary sculpture c...

  • Steve Connor: Bets still on for ice-free North Pole
    Friday, 3 October 2008

    First, I'd like to make it clear that we of course stand by our story (We would say that, wouldn't we?) In June, the thinner, first-year sea ice formed last winter had for the first time been pushed over large areas around the geographic North Pole. ...

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

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

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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

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