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Monday, 1 February 2010

  • Leading article: We should know who leaked the emails on climate change
    Monday, 1 February 2010

    Such was the furore over the content of the emails that few people seemed interested in exploring whether or not it was a coincidence that this information surfaced days before the opening of the ill-fated climate change conference in Copenhagen last...

  • Aidan Moran: Murray can be a winner, but he must fight harder and longer
    Monday, 1 February 2010

    Certainly Murray does seem to play slightly differently in the biggest matches of all, and should he ever win a Grand Slam, there will be a great deal of weight of expectation released from his shoulders. But he is a level-headed guy, he doesn't care...

  • David Blunkett: European warrant is fair, but it is open to abuse
    Tuesday, 2 February 2010

    We’re rightly proud of the history of our laws and freedoms built up over centuries and the rights asserted from the late 17th century onwards. But it’s almost as if we’re stuck in a time warp. That is why there has been more debate about the develop...

  • Leading article: The political battle over the unkindest cuts
    Tuesday, 2 February 2010

    Some wonder whether this might be a Machiavellian plot by Mr Cameron to provoke a bond market revolt before the election, which would be fatal for the Government. But that is surely too clever by half. It is more likely that Mr Cameron has taken a lo...

  • Leading article: An inevitable response
    Monday, 1 February 2010

    It was only a year ago that the new US president hoped to make Iran an example of a new foreign policy based on dialogue rather than the "big stick" approach favoured by George Bush. How long ago that seems. The onus for the failure of Mr Obama's att...

  • Andrew Phillips: No relief for the Palestinians while Israel enjoys impunity
    Monday, 1 February 2010

    I was part of a pan-European Parliamentary delegation which also enjoyed complete political access in Egypt, including meetings with its Foreign Minister and Speaker, plus the head of the Arab League. In Gaza we met the Prime Minister and cabinet col...

  • Letters: Blair's self-delusion
    Tuesday, 2 February 2010

    Absent from Blair's testimony was any reference to (let alone compassion for) the sacrifices of British troops. In truth, he could not say they suffered and died in a good cause. Far from deposing a tyrant, Britain handed over control of Basra to Shi...

  • Leading article: An issue of power, not privacy
    Tuesday, 2 February 2010

    As Justice Tugendhat commented in overturning the injunction preventing newspapers reporting the case, it was a story "in wide circulation amongst those involved in the sport in question and not just amongst those directly engaged in the sport". The ...

  • Stephen Foley: Audacious spending plan leaves President on a fiscal tightrope
    Tuesday, 2 February 2010

    It has taken a heroic set of assumptions about the sustainability and strength of the US economic recovery even to reach predictions for deficit reduction that look as modest as this. One slip by the economy, then this budget – and perhaps this presi...

  • Guy Adams: Why $15 a month is a small price to pay for quality
    Tuesday, 2 February 2010

    Yet for every complaint you'll find an armchair pundit who'll tell you this nation of telly addicts enjoys some of the world's finest programming – provided, that is, they're prepared to pay for it. Exhibit A, in the defence of America's TV industry,...

  • Terry Pratchett: Why stop trusting a doctor who has the power to kill you?
    Tuesday, 2 February 2010

    There has been no evidence in those areas where assisted dying is currently practised that it leads to any kind of "slippery slope". It seems to be an item of faith among those opposed to assisted dying that it will open the door to abuses all the wa...

  • Letters: Assisted suicide
    Monday, 1 February 2010

    I use a wheelchair full-time, having spina bifida, hydrocephalus, emphysema, osteoporosis and arthritis. Like Lynn, I desperately wanted a child, and had to come to terms with the knowledge that I never would. I have severe pain every day, and, as wi...

  • Leading article: Hope vs Experience
    Monday, 1 February 2010

    In the end, Federer got away with his jibe, dashing the hopes of the legions of Murray fans that still cherished the idea that the match in Melbourne would see the triumph of hope over experience. Alas for them, Federer is an athlete of rare skill an...

  • Leading article: Wing and a prayer
    Tuesday, 2 February 2010

    The latest spat concerns a local con woman, who has duped one of the sons of a Pegasus veteran into handing over his father's medals, in the mistaken belief that they would be put on show in the Pegasus Memorial Museum. It is a frustrating tale. But,...

  • Steve Connor: Now we know why pandas went veggie
    Tuesday, 2 February 2010

    Now the hypothesis can be tested in another way by analysing the panda's genes. A huge team of largely Chinese scientists have sequenced something like 94 per cent of the panda's genome and have concluded, among other things, that its bamboo diet mig...

  • Shirley Dent: The pernicious malady jeopardizing all hope of poetic justice
    Monday, 1 February 2010

    Poet-oxemia is the condition whereby our understanding, appreciation and knowledge of poetry deteriorate, ironically self-poisoned by a proliferation of all things poetic. Poet-oxemia is characterised by outbreaks of virulent versifying in the most u...

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Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

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Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

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Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

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Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

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Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

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Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes