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  • Leading article: Infected by political calculation
    Monday, 16 June 2008

    The new code requires hospital staff to pay more attention to decontaminating surgical equipment, cleaning wards and providing information to patients on hygiene. The commission's chief executive, Anna Walker, says there is "room for a lot of improve...

  • Sean Farrell: Regimes play power games with oil supplies
    Monday, 16 June 2008

    This time there is less agreement and more finger-pointing for the more than doubling of oil prices in the past year to a record $139.12 a barrel. Demand has no doubt increased, partly on demand from rapidly growing countries in emerging markets, led...

  • Letters: Care of the elderly
    Monday, 16 June 2008

    I am in my 70s, living alone in a Housing Association flatlet, with 10 neighbours in similar accommodation, in a small area designated by the police as an Asbo hotspot. Eggs are thrown at our windows, dog excrement is pushed through letter-boxes and ...

  • Leading article: Fruit loops
    Monday, 16 June 2008

    This was always a ridiculous rule. There is nothing about a vegetable's shape that determines either its taste or quality. Indeed, many would argue that such aesthetic discrimination has been positively harmful to the taste of the produce on sale in ...

  • James Fergusson: Sooner or later, we have to talk to the Taliban
    Sunday, 15 June 2008

    Last week, the current Helmand Task Force commander, Brigadier Mark Carleton-Smith, announced that the insurgency was on the back foot, and that its local leadership had been "decapitated" by British and Isaf (Nato's International Security Assistance...

  • Sophie Heawood: Carla serenades her busy sex life. Me too
    Sunday, 15 June 2008

    Let's compare these two scenarios. In France, Le Figaro has just given a glowing review to Carla Bruni's new album, having had a sneak preview of the record due out in July on which she sings that she is "... still a child /Despite my 40 years/Despit...

  • Melanie McDonagh: Dinosaurs and derring-do will lure a boy to books
    Sunday, 15 June 2008

    The Government, not for the first time, is trying to address the problem – and God knows it took long enough for the educational establishment to get its head round the problem of boys' relative underachievement. The schools minister, Jim Knight, com...

  • Nica Burns: Noises Off
    Sunday, 15 June 2008

    So I know how Sir Jonathan Miller felt when he spoke last week about his frustration at the West End's failure to snap up his lauded Hamlet, which stars the unknown Jamie Ballard. In contrast, two Hamlets which will be seen in London this year – the ...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 15 June 2008

    Modern trains don't have compartments – and party leaders have to mingle with the plebs, albeit First Class ones. Mr Cameron's discomfiture was clear after delays caused by Network Rail signal failures. Should he become prime minister, it is likely t...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS diary
    Sunday, 15 June 2008

    An economy of imagination must have led Nigel Lawson to call his daughter Nigella. Now it seems recycling names has become something of a family tradition. When Nigella's 15-year-old daughter Mimi christened her pet gerbil 'Mucca', there was specu...

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Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

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

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Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
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Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

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

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

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
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

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

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