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  • Leading article: For all the anger around the world, the era of cheap fuel has ended
    Saturday, 31 May 2008

    This has been a week of fuel protests across Europe. Fishermen from France, Portugal, Belgium, Italy and Spain have gone on strike, some blockading ports. Hauliers in Britain have clogged London with their vehicles. Dutch lorry drivers and French far...

  • David Cameron: If the generals will not let in the aid, they must face trial
    Sunday, 1 June 2008

    A few days after the cyclone, I went to the Burmese monastery at Colindale in North London. I heard from many Burmese who had family in the area, and of their rage at the slow pace of the relief effort. Above all, they were desperate that we should n...

  • Leading article: In search of a graceful exit
    Saturday, 31 May 2008

    True, a couple of hurdles remain. Today the party's rules committee meets to settle the vexed question of how the delegations from Florida and Michigan will be seated at the Denver convention. The most likely outcome is a compromise that hands a smal...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 1 June 2008

    Around half of British adults, according to a new survey, are unable to spell everyday words such as "embarrassed", "liaison" or "millennium". More than a quarter of us struggle with "definitely", "accidentally" and "separate". In the survey, 1,000 a...

  • Letters: Oxbridge mediocrity
    Saturday, 31 May 2008

    Lord Patten, chancellor of Oxford University, would have us believe that it is state schools and the "low aspirations" of their teachers which are at fault, not the intransigence of privately educated admissions tutors who rejected, among others, Lau...

  • The Weasel: Adventures in Wonderland
    Saturday, 31 May 2008

    We began our reconnaissance on the final build-up day. No more than a dozen steps into the showground, my companion shed the role of cool professional advisor. "I tell you what I like," she burbled. "I like those green garden tables." "They're inspir...

  • Leading article: Blessed peacemaker?
    Saturday, 31 May 2008

    Our former prime minister says he want "to spend the rest of my life" uniting the world's religions and bringing peace to our troubled planet. Mr Blair's employers at JP Morgan and Random House (not to mention his various speech bookers), might be in...

  • E Jane Dickson: The pious posturing of the art establishment
    Saturday, 31 May 2008

    As concepts go, it's not a bad one; original watercolours by Adolf Hitler overpainted by psychedelic rainbows, hearts and smiley faces. The jeu d'esprit rests on Hitler's early ambition to become a painter. Twice rejected by the Viennese Academy of F...

  • Joe Dunthorne: Noises Off
    Sunday, 1 June 2008

    Speaking at Hay-on-Wye last week, Hanif Kureishi said: "One of the things you notice is that when you switch on the television and a student has gone mad with a machine gun on a campus in America, it's always a writing student. The writing courses, p...

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Money, corruption and drugs

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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

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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

The Downton Abbey effect

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China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

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