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Saturday, 23 February 2008

  • Simon Armson: That bell of suicide tolls for all of us
    Sunday, 24 February 2008

    This may seem a strange and defeatist statement to make when addressing the question of preventing suicide. But despite the progress that has been made in recent years in reducing the incidence of suicide, it remains one of the most pernicious killer...

  • Martin Bright: So, Mr Straw, weren't you just a little bit curious?
    Sunday, 24 February 2008

    Had Miliband insisted on Jack Straw's presence? I half-expected the younger man to turn and point the finger. After all, it is not the first time this year that he has been forced to carry the can over events that occurred at the Foreign Office on Ja...

  • Leading article: Europe's pivotal role in averting a new round of Balkan bloodshed
    Saturday, 23 February 2008

    The strict limitations on Kosovan independence and guarantees for the rights of the Serb population within the country appear to have done little to appease the anger of the Belgrade government. Serbia has ruled out military action in response to the...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 24 February 2008

    Not quite. As the former wife of a leading Pakistani politician herself, Ms Khan has got something serious of her own to bring to the debate. But I hear what you say. "Dumbing down" is a charge often thrown at us and the other "quality" media – and s...

  • Steve Smith: Any day now I should hear back from El Comandante
    Sunday, 24 February 2008

    While the CIA rues its failure to blow up the Cuban leader despite an entire humidor's worth of exploding stogies, reporters are coming to terms with the end of one of the great journalistic assignments: bagging an interview with Fidel. "There are ma...

  • Letters: High-speed trains
    Saturday, 23 February 2008

    This brand-new railway line – it is not an upgrade to an existing line – has been designed to take modern high-speed electric trains on a route which is currently the busiest air link in the world. With the train now taking just over two and a half h...

  • The Weasel: Ghosts in the machine
    Saturday, 23 February 2008

    With face frozen in a catatonic rictus, a man stares in disbelief at a heap of paperclips on the floor while holding a small box he has opened upside-down. Caption: "Breaking Point." Another cartoon that uncannily mirrors my world appears in the curr...

  • Leading article: A new golden age for Hollywood
    Saturday, 23 February 2008

    From caterers to chauffeurs, they have reason to be in good spirits as they unite to ensure that Hollywood's biggest party takes place with all the glamour available. Actors, directors, cinematographers, editors and composers have reason to be happy,...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS diary
    Sunday, 24 February 2008

    Little is known about Diego Garcia, the tiny British territory used by the US for extraordinary rendition flights. So shrouded in mystery is the remote atoll that it is being suggested in Westminster that maybe the US thought it belonged to them a...

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