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Friday, 9 July 2010

  • Leading article: A Cold War replay that speaks of warmer East-West relations
    Saturday, 10 July 2010

    Those who negotiated the arrangements that resolved the case of the Russian "illegals" must have been either veterans of spy swaps past or well-schooled in Graham Greene, and with a sense of humour to boot. Although the charges brought by the US auth...

  • Letters: Treatment of asylum seekers
    Saturday, 10 July 2010

    When the independent courts determine that a person has no right to stay in the UK, and that person must leave the country, then a return flight becomes our only option. The vast majority of these journeys pass without incident, with returnees comply...

  • Leading article: Doctoring the National Health Service
    Saturday, 10 July 2010

    But £20bn in savings will nonetheless be sought within the NHS budget by 2014. And the abolition of Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) is the big efficiency reform being pushed. The word is that the responsibilities and powers of the 152 PCTs will be devolve...

  • Ivan Fallon: A great nation has finally come of age
    Saturday, 10 July 2010

    No snake turned up in Wayne Rooney's locker. The only man-eating lions were in game parks and they're far too fastidious to eat an England football fan. And there has barely been a mugger around. With one weekend to go, the first World Cup to be held...

  • Lisa Longstaff: Women will be the losers if the Government allows anonymity
    Saturday, 10 July 2010

    Nothing is further from the truth. It is extremely hard for women to report rape, and 90 per cent never do. Those who report often say it was to protect others. But many are disbelieved or dismissed by police and prosecutors and even urged to withdra...

  • Leading article: The demeaning of British democracy
    Friday, 9 July 2010

    The scandal of the non-domiciled peers of the realm continues to grow. Following the example of Lord Laidlaw, Lord McAlpine, Lord Bagri and Baroness Dunn, Baron Foster of Thames Bank has become the latest peer to surrender his seat on the red benches...

  • Leading article: Neutral at last
    Saturday, 10 July 2010

    These two European superpowers went at it for 80 years back in the 16th and 17th centuries. Perhaps we should place our bets on Sunday's clash in Soccer City going to extra time. But who should England get behind on the historical record? It's a toug...

  • Amy Jenkins: Now more than ever we need proper junk food regulation
    Saturday, 10 July 2010

    They could easily be rendered less lethal to the nation's health and they could easily be better labelled. The mega-calorific frappuccino-style drinks sold in every high street's coffee franchises, for example, could have a calorie count next to thei...

  • Jean Broke-Smith: Titles open doors. You can see why they want to keep them
    Saturday, 10 July 2010

    But it certainly does not hinder one in everyday life, and there are many instances of where it may help in putting the holder just slightly ahead of those without titles. I'm sure it might make the difference in getting one of the best tables in a f...

  • Tony Paterson: Vienna plays host to Cold War drama reimagined as farce
    Saturday, 10 July 2010

    But a 90-minute prisoner exchange on the tarmac at Vienna airport involving spies who supplied information to their paymasters that could normally be found on the internet was hardly the stuff of the Cold War. By pre-1989 standards yesterday's Vienna...

  • Deborah Ross: 'One way for teenagers to deal with their parents is to roll their eyes while fake yawning and repeating: 'Boring, boring!'
    Saturday, 10 July 2010

    One tip for dealing with your parents is, apparently, to roll your eyes at everything they say while faking yawns and repeating: "Boring, boring, boring". "Do it enough times," another teenager says, "and they might even leave the room. It's only a t...

  • Letters: Graduates' prospects
    Friday, 9 July 2010

    When one degree is not enough The 2:1 benchmark for graduate jobs is not a recent phenomenon (report, 6 July). I graduated with a 2:2 Mathematics degree from Oxford back in 1994. Large graduate employers back then were stipulating a minimum of a ...

  • Leading article: Still waiting for freedom
    Friday, 9 July 2010

    We should be pleased that these individuals are going free. But at the same time, praise for Raul Castro's gesture needs to be tempered by the knowledge that not all the democracy activists jailed in a crackdown seven years ago are about to be let ou...

  • Leading article: Coining it
    Friday, 9 July 2010

    One has to admire the ancient safeguards against inflation too. Making money out of precious metals ensured that it retained its value. A useful lesson for the Bank of England perhaps? Another thought occurs. This is the second pile of ancient treasu...

  • Michael Church: Mikhail Pletnev is a Russian hero and a world treasure
    Friday, 9 July 2010

    Travelling down the Volga with him and his Russian National Orchestra in 1996, I got the measure of him as a pianist, as a conductor and an astute operator. Having founded the first capitalist orchestra in Russia since 1917, he was using it to regene...

  • Raymond Barker: I've been detecting for years and never found a good hoard
    Friday, 9 July 2010

    I've never really had much luck. Many a time I've been out and come back empty-handed, wondering why I bother doing this. I've been detecting for more years than I care to remember and I've never discovered a good hoard. You do find stuff but it's no...

  • Simon Usborne: Was I dazzled into defeat by the movie star looks?
    Friday, 9 July 2010

    But, hey, I suppose he is quite handsome, no? In my interview with the Norwegian prodigy, before last December's London Chess Classic, I suggested Matt Damon could play the lead in a biopic. Perhaps I was thrown by his tousled hair and jutting jaw i...

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