The Independent (London, England)

The Independent is a Monday to Sunday newspaper, owned and published by Independent Print Ltd and headquartered in London, England. It was first published in 1986 in reaction to the conservative views held by the London Times and the London Telegraph. It has a liberal slant. The Independent's audience is London based, with 54 percent of its readership living in London and its surroundings. Other notable qualities of its readership are: the average reader is 43 years old; 59 percent are employed; 62 percent are married; 48 percent have a college degree or higher; and 73 percent own their own homes. Regions covered include: London and South East, South West, Midlands, North and North East, North West, Scotland, and Wales. The Independent is the youngest of Britain's daily newspapers and is notable for challenging London's more established and conservative daily newspapers. The daily edition was named National Newspaper of the Year at the 2004 British Press Awards. In 2010, Simon Kelner, Editor-in-Chief of The Independent, and Johann Hari, a regular columnist in the paper, each received a Comment Award, similar to the U.S. Pultizer Prize. Oliver Wright is Whitehall editor; Oly Duff is home news editor, and Katherine Butler is comment editor.

Articles from May 21, 2004

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Actor Persuades Radiohead to Perform `Love Is All Around' at Children's Hospice Fundraiser
THIS SUNDAY night, the audience at the Oxford Playhouse will witness a unique musical alliance as Radiohead team up with the actor Bill Nighy to perform the saccharine Love is All Around. The tune will be a suitably quixotic finale to an extraordinary...
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Allen Faces Crucial ITV Board Meeting Next Week
ITV'S CHIEF executive Charles Allen is presenting his medium- term strategy for the group at a crucial board meeting on Monday, aware that some of the broadcaster's shareholders are seeking greater clarity about his plans for competing in the multi-channel...
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Amazon Opens Second Storage Facility in the UK
AMAZON, THE online retailer that has transformed itself from an internet bookseller into a virtual shopping centre offering everything from clothes to DVDs to jewellery and watches, yesterday announced further expansion with the creation of up to 300...
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Australia Accused of Leaving East Timor on Brink of Ruin
THERE WAS little to celebrate as East Timor marked the second anniversary of its independence yesterday, with Oxfam warning that the tiny nation risks becoming a "failed state" unless Australia shows more generosity towards its neighbour. A report by...
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Belgian Food Scare Sparks Cancer Alert
A SUPERMARKET chain in Belgium has warned customers to return thousands of free-range eggs thought to have been contaminated with cancer- causing chemicals. The food scare brought back memories of a scandal in 1999 when dioxin contaminated animal feed,...
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Bonfire of the Hairpieces: The Global Cost of a Religious Ruling ; an Israeli Rabbi's Ruling That Human Hair from India Is Non-Kosher Has Not Only Rocked Orthodox Jewry Worldwide but Has Also Thrown a Multimillion- Pound Industry into Crisis
ABOUT TWO weeks ago, a middle-aged rabbi from Tottenham in north London boarded a plane for India with a most unusual mission. His destination was a Hindu temple in the Madras region which houses a massive image of the Vishnu, the blue-skinned, four-armed...
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BOOKS: A Blast for the Past ; Baggage: My Childhood by Janet Street-Porter HEADLINE Pounds 16.99 (276Pp) Pounds 15.99 (Free P&p per Order) from 0870 079 8897
Some alter egos sit uneasily alongside their host persona. It's difficult enough to come to terms with Delia Smith's other life as the majority shareholder in Norwich City FC. How can someone who treats a mere egg with reverential respect suddenly become...
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BOOKS: A Poet's Odyssey through the Time-Dark Sea ; the First Poets by Michael Schmidt WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON Pounds 20 (450Pp) Pounds 18 (Free P&p per Order) from 0870 079 8897
Poet, poetry publisher, magazine editor and critic, Michael Schmidt has been engaged for several years in an ongoing, multi- volume history of the lives of English poets. Those books have been enlivened by being, in part, anthologies of verse by poets...
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BOOKS: A Week in Books
After Disney apparently refused to handle Michael Moore's celluloid polemic, Fahrenheit 9/11, the row over market censorship rumbled long and loud. That's America - and Hollywood - pundits over here might say. In Britain, and in the book world, we take...
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BOOKS: Close Shaves from Haiti to Brooklyn ; the Dew Breakers by Edwidge Danticat ABACUS Pounds 9.99 (210Pp) Pounds 9.99 (Free P&p per Order) from 0870 079 8897
Edwidge Danticat is a young Haitian writer who lives in Florida. Her debut novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory, memorably fused West Indian folklore with scenes from the Haitian diaspora in America. When Danticat left Haiti for the US with her parents in 1981,...
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BOOKS: Look Back in Anger ; the Booker Winner James Kelman Has Been Rocking the Literary Establishment for More Than 20 Years. LESLEY McDOWELL Talks to Him about Radicalism and Rage
"My culture and my language have a right to exist," James Kelman said in his 1994 Booker-night acceptance speech, after winning the prize for How Late it Was, How Late, "and no one has the authority to dismiss that right." It is 10 years since the Glaswegian...
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BOOKS: Team Spirit and Hot Air ; George Best and 21 Others by Colin Shindler HEADLINE Pounds 14.99 (370Pp) Pounds 13.99 (Free P&p per Order) from 0870 079 8897 Red Mist by Conor O'Callaghan BLOOMSBURY Pounds 12.99 (240Pp) Pounds 11.99 (Free P&p per Order) from 0870 079 8897
When did you last stand for the national anthem at the cinema? Do you miss it? If you're a football fan, Colin Shindler thinks you should. Its demise, plus foreign players, pristine pitches, white balls and dietary improvements, all explain the national...
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BOOKS: The Sleep of Reason ; the President of Good and Evil by Peter Singer GRANTA Pounds 8.99 (280Pp) Pounds 8.99 (Free P&p per Order) from 0870 079 8897
Peter Singer is the John Stuart Mill of 21st-century philosophy. Like Mill - and unlike the majority of philosophers today - he has aimed not just to contribute to academic disputation, but to change the world. For Singer, as for Mill, philosophy is...
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BOOKS: Tomorrow Belonged to Him ; Isherwood: A Life by Peter Parker PICADOR Pounds 25 (914Pp) Pounds 22.50 (Free P&p per Order) from 0870 079 8897
"Let's face it, Christopher, if it hadn't been for Berlin, where would you be now?" So Somerset Maugham, acidly, in 1961. Forty years on, the question remains central to Peter Parker's extraordinary - by turns resourceful, tart, fascinating, scrupulous,...
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BOOKS: Why Nike Is Still Kicking Us ; Love, Sex and Tragedy by Simon Goldhill JOHN MURRAY Pounds 18.99 (336Pp) Pounds 17.99 (Free P&p per Order) from 0870 079 8897
The relevance of ancient civilisations to the modern world is not immediately obvious in a culture obsessed with TV soaps, pop stars and football. Hamlet's question: "What's Hecuba to him and he to Hecuba that he should weep for her?" probably draws...
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Brown Urges OPEC to Act to Lower Oil Prices
DEMANDS FOR action to bring the oil price down from $40 a barrel levels increased yesterday as officials from the world's leading economies stepped up their lobbying of the oil-producing cartel Opec. Gordon Brown led the calls, saying: "An oil price...
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BT Profits by Pounds 5.5m a Day as New Wave Sales Soar
BT GROUP notched up pre-tax profits of pounds 5.5m a day last year, despite losing more than 500,000 residential customers to rivals. Ben Verwaayen, the chief executive, heralded yesterday's annual results as proof that his strategy was working and that...
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Call for Inquiry as Israel Insists `Peaceful' Protesters Were Armed
AS THEY buried their dead here yesterday after Wednesday's demonstration outside the Tel al Sultan refugee camp, it was already clear that even among the long litany of horror since the present intifada began three and a half years ago, this was an event...
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Carr Sheppards Hit by Compliance Failure Fine
CARR SHEPPARDS Crosthwaite, one of the UK's oldest stockbrokers, was rebuked for compliance failings yesterday, as the Financial Services Authority handed it down a pounds 500,000 fine. The FSA said the failings came to light after a routine inspection...
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Channel 4 Drops Show on `Abuse' of Young White Girls
CHANNEL 4 has dropped a controversial documentary which claimed that Asian men in Bradford were targeting and abusing white girls as young as 11, following pressure from the police. The programme, Edge of the City, due to be shown last night, drew criticism...
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Chess
The annual Bosna tournament got underway on Tuesday in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia Herzegovina. Despite a decade's interruption due to the war, this is the 34th tournament in the city since 1957 and the 18th organised by the Bosna Chess Club. Traditionally...
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Commons Security Reforms to End Centuries of Tradition
A NEW head of security will replace the "Men in Tights" as part of a radical security shake-up at the Houses of Parliament after the "purple powder" attack on the Prime Minister. The Serjeant at Arms, who traditionally wears black tights and carries...
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COVER STORY: Murder Most Hollywood ; Peter Bogdanovich's Latest Film Is about a Sensational Tinseltown Death - Apt, Really, Because the Studios Tried to Kill His Own Career, the Director Tells DAVID USBORNE
Peter Bogdanovich, the director, actor, lecturer and film journalist, has a theory about Hollywood. All was well with the studios until 1962. That was the year it all "started crumbling," he asserted as we sat in the two-floor apartment where he has...
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Cricket: Hoggard and Harmison Fall Foul of Lord's Slippery Slope
THE NATURAL slope at Lord's, which falls about seven feet from the north-west corner of the ground to the Tavern boundary in the south- east corner, has always caused severe problems for unsuspecting players. Unwary and inexperienced fast bowlers can...
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Cricket: Hussey Closes on Century to Deflate Yorkshire Attack ; Nottinghamshire 393 & 194-4 Yorkshire 164
THERE WAS a time when Yorkshire, always keen to save cash, would book in only on the first night of a three-day game so confident were they of winning in two days. Currently, they are rather pleased if they can avoid defeat in two days of a four-day...
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Cricket: Return of Boycott Puts England in Sharp Focus
AFTER THEIR plunder in the Caribbean, England came home to reality here yesterday. They had to bowl on a flat wicket against a New Zealand team in a different league of obduracy to the badly beaten West Indians. There was an additional problem. It was,...
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Cricket: Richardson Graft Puts England on Back Foot ; New Zealand 284-5 V England
IF IAN BOTHAM was the type of batsman who emptied bars, Mark Richardson is the sort who fills them. But it was not just the sellers of alcohol who benefited from the New Zealand opener's dogged and ponderous occupation of the crease. Richardson took...
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Eidos Shares Crash 32% on Profit Alert
EIDOS, THE computer games developer behind Tomb Raider, has issued another devastating warning and quashed rumours that it is about to be taken over. The profits warning came just as a mystery investor - believed to be the Scoot.com founder Robert Bonnier...
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`English Patient' Hero Was an Ugly Bungler, Says MI5
AS THE dashing explorer at the centre of the novel and film The English Patient, Count Lazlo Almasy was a handsome adventurer coerced into collaborating with the Nazis to save his lover dying in a desert cave. But newly released MI5 files show the reality...
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Family Helps Beckham Decide to Stay in Spain
DAVID BECKHAM'S recent exhibition of his Spanish language skills was clearly a sign that he had gone native. And yesterday, the Real Madrid footballer sent off in his last game for calling a match official a hijo de puta ("son of a whore"), said he planned...
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Female Agents Instructed to Swap Seduction for Shorthand
FROM MATA Hari to icy KGB temptresses seeking to ensnare James Bond, sex and seduction have long been the ultimate weapons of the female spy. Not if they work for MI5. A secret guide to recruiting agents in the Second World War shows that the Security...
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FILM: ALSO SHOWING; Bad Education (15) Pedro Almodovar Iiii8
After his sublime Talk To Her, this might be the most difficult follow-up Pedro Almodovar will ever have to make. A stylish Hitchcockian credit sequence serves notice that Bad Education has something of the noir about it, though nothing tends to be straightforward...
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FILM: `It's Easier to Kiss a Man Than Play a Girl' ; Gael Garcia Bernal Is about to Go Stellar. but He'll Do It on His Terms - and Have a Damned Good Time, He Tells FIONA MORROW
Gael Garcia Bernal is all over Cannes like a rash. His face stares down from posters and magazine covers; his booty has been seen shaking it on the dance floor. But then, Bernal is the hot prospect at this year's festival; the 25-year-old Mexican actor...
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FILM: NEW RELEASES - No Place like Homer ; Troy (15) Wolfgang Petersen (162 Mins) Iii88; STARRING Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom
Time was when British character actors were handed out the minor parts in Hollywood blockbusters, but now in Wolfgang Petersen's martial epic Troy they're positively running the show, a new one seeming to pop up in every scene. Here's old favourite Brian...
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FILM: The Lady Vanishes ; She Bared All for David Cronenberg and Fell for Ian McKellen, but Deborah Unger Remains Elusive
When she was 11 years old and growing up in British Columbia, Deborah Kara Unger felt in need of a prop that would make her seem cool and immune from the playground toughs. She settled on standing with a fake cigarette - the long, hollowed-out kind -...
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Film: The Ten Best Films at Cannes 2004
1TEMPORADA DE PATOS Fernando Eimbcke, 2004 A low-budget, black-and-white yarn about two adolescent boys killing time in Mexico City. Mum has gone out for the day, leaving her 14- year-old son Flama (Daniel Miranda) and his best friend Moko (Diego Catano)...
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FOOTBALL: Arnesen Tells Spurs to Pick Jol as Manager
TOTTENHAM'S NEW sporting director, Frank Arnesen, has recommended his Dutch compatriot Martin Jol for the managerial vacancy at White Hart Lane. Arnesen is pushing the claims of the RKC Waalwijk coach as the Spurs chairman, Daniel Levy, waits to find...
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Football: Beckham to Stay at Real and Fight for Reputation
DAVID BECKHAM will be sitting in the stands of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Sunday watching his club Real Madrid bring their season to a conclusion against their Basque visitors Real Sociedad. As a demonstration of underachievement in the top flight...
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Football: Benitez Targets Champions' League Title
THE VALENCIA coach, Rafael Benitez, is hungry for more success after his club added the Uefa Cup to the Spanish League title in Gothenburg on Wednesday night. Benitez believes the 2-0 victory over Marseille can act as a springboard for Valencia to establish...
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FOOTBALL: Dalglish Is Open to Offers from Liverpool
KENNY DALGLISH said yesterday that he had not been approached by Liverpool's board about returning to the club in any management capacity but made it clear he was open to offers. The Scot's name has been linked in recent days to a return to Anfield,...
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FOOTBALL FA CUP FINAL: Giggs Feels Pain of Losing out on League and Euro 2004
THE TELEVISION was switched off and there were no Sunday newspapers spread around Ryan Giggs's front room. Arsenal were not only champions, they had gone through the season unbeaten and now they were parading the Premiership trophy through the streets...
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FOOTBALL FA CUP FINAL: Paphitis Urges Millwall to Prize of Respectability ; England's Most Notorious Club Is Changing Its Image. Work in the Community and a Membership Scheme Impress Glenn Moore
MILLWALL discovered a century ago that mud sticks. One of their early grounds was built on mud dumped from excavating the London docks. One opponent remarked after falling in it: "The smell wouldn't come off for weeks." It is an odour of a different...
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Football: Ferguson to Boost Defence with Helping of Heinze
MANCHESTER UNITED are poised to strengthen their defence by signing the Paris-St Germain's Argentinian centre-half Gabriel Heinze for pounds 6m. The 26-year-old South American is seen as the solution to United's defensive problems and club and player...
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Football: Larkin Puts Mansfield in Final ; Mansfield Town 1 Northampton Town 3 (Aet; 1-3 at 90min; 3-3 on Agg; Mansfield Win 5-4 on Pens)
MANSFIELD TOWN will play Huddersfield Town in the Third Division play-off final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff after winning a penalty shoot-out 4-3 at Field Mill last night. Colin Larkin scored the decisive spot kick after his captain, Kevin Pilkington,...
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Football: Mourinho's Wish List Puts Chelsea Move in Doubt
JOSE MOURINHO'S move to Chelsea has been thrown into doubt because of a difference of opinion with the club's owner Roman Abramovich over signings. The Porto coach is the first choice to replace Claudio Ranieri at Stamford Bridge, but there is a dispute...
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Football: Roberts Relishes Robins' Task
BRISTOL CITY'S play-off hero Christian Roberts believes the Robins have come too far on their quest for First Division football to fail now. City sealed their place in the Second Division play-off final at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on 30 May thanks...
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Football: United Play Waiting Game as Everton Bid for Smith
MANCHESTER UNITED are prepared to sit and wait for Leeds to sell them Alan Smith as the competition to sign the striker intensifies. Although Everton yesterday became the latest club to make their interest known in Smith, submitting a pounds 7m offer...
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Football: Virgo Lays Path to Brighton Resurrection ; Brighton & Hove Albion 1 Swindon Town 2 (Aet; 1-1 at 90min; 2-2 on Agg; Brighton Win 4-3 on Pens)
BRIGHTON PULLED off the greatest of escapes last night to reach the Second Division play-off final after an Adam Virgo header 15 seconds from the end of extra-time took the semi-final tie to penalties where Swindon Town's sturdy resolve finally gave...
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FORGOTTEN HEROES: MEL SMITH ; the Comedian and Director on the Singer-Songwriter Jacques Brel
Who was he? Born in Brussels in 1929, Jacques Brel took up the guitar at 15. After moving to Paris in the early 1950s, he became one of France's leading troubadours. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1965 and toured America in 1967, before announcing...
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Friday Law Report: Alternative Dispute Resolution Should Be Routinely Considered ; 21 May 2004 Halsey V Milton Keynes General NHS Trust; Steel V Joy and Another ([2204] EWCA Civ 576 Court of Appeal, Civil Division (Lord Justice Ward, Lord Justice Laws and Lord Justice Dyson) 11 May 2004
ALL MEMBERS of the legal profession who conducted litigation should now routinely consider with their clients whether their disputes were suitable for alternative dispute resolution. The Court of Appeal dismissed two appeals against awards of costs made...
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Howard May Be an Opportunist, but We Should Seriously Consider His Criticisms ; IRAQ: REACTION TO YESTERDAY'S ARTICLE BY THE TORY LEADER
Michael Howard is, of course, behaving as an opportunist. That is to be expected. What is unexpected is that so many ministers purport to be surprised by it. Our adversarial system requires leaders of the Opposition to grab any passing chance for a spot...
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Hunting for Straight Answers from Weasels ; THE SKETCH
THE ABILITY to weasel is what distinguishes man from the animals. Except, of course, from the weasel. Alun Michael isn't very good at weaselling because you can see him do it. And no, it's not a pretty sight. But we won't dwell on that because in this...
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If You Want a Slow Life, Best Avoid the Country ; There Is Something Faintly Alarming about Kick-Ass Competitiveness in a Rural Setting
In a new book called In Praise of Slow, the writer Carl Honore has found all sorts of evidence that modern man, woman and child are yearning to take life at an easier, more contemplative pace. They cook and garden. They knit. They read Harry Potter books...
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Illegal, Invisible - and Invincible - Aliens ; the Unnumbered by Sam North SCRIBNER Pounds 12.99 (358Pp) Pounds 11.99 (Free P&p per Order) from 0870 079 8897
This odd, hypnotic book about London's "unnumbered" underclass has several real claims to the reader's attention. First, it has one of the creepiest and most loathsome villains I have come across in years, Lucas Tooth. Secondly, it has one of the most...
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Iraq Crisis: Chalabi Accuses US after Troops Raid His Offices
DAYS AFTER Washington cut funding for Ahmed Chalabi, American troops and Iraqi police raided the home and offices of the Iraqi politician yesterday in what he called an effort to silence his criticism of the US. More than 100 Iraqi and American personnel,...
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IRAQ CRISIS: New Abu Ghraib Photos Show Guards Posing with Body of Dead Detainee
THE US Justice Department said yesterday that it was investigating the death at Abu Ghraib jail of an Iraqi prisoner whose body appears in photographs in which two American soldiers pose. The photographs, which have been broadcast on television in the...
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IRAQ CRISIS: Prisoners Faced `Mock Executions', Says Soldier
A US soldier has detailed how he witnessed troops carrying out "mock executions" of Iraqi prisoners and refusing to let them sleep at the command of interrogators, months before the notorious abuse at Abu Ghraib prison took place. The soldier said he...
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Iraq Crisis: This Transatlantic Alliance Creates Strange Bedfellows
IT IS unusual for a newspaper article by the Leader of the Opposition to be discussed by the Cabinet but it happened yesterday when Jack Straw briefed his fellow ministers about the prospects for a new United Nations Security Council resolution on Iraq....
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IRAQ CRISIS: Tory Leader's `U-Turn' Draws Storm of Protest
CABINET MINISTERS and the Liberal Democrats rounded on Michael Howard yesterday over his call for Tony Blair to air his differences with President George Bush in public. The Conservative leader infuriated the Prime Minister by calling in yesterday's...
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Is There Anyone Up There?
The critics were fairly unanimous about Sebastian Barry's new play, Whistling Psyche, which opened at the Donmar Warehouse last week. The word "verbiage" was used in more than one review, with some asperity, and the polite but ambiguous epithet "densely...
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Just Nip out and Buy a Paper
Today is everyone's last chance to buy The Daily Telegraph, and so many readers have written to me asking how they should go about it, that today I am bringing you a little guide to the ins and outs of buying a major newspaper. Q. Why, actually, should...
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Kerry Hit by a New Threat in Abortion Row with Bishops
JOHN KERRY'S support of abortion rights has dragged the Democratic candidate into an increasingly politicised feud within the Roman Catholic church, with some senior church figures demanding that priests deny communion to him and all other pro-abortion...
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Kerry Hit by New Threat in Abortion Row with Bishops
JOHN KERRY'S support of abortion rights has dragged the Democratic candidate into an increasingly politicised feud within the Roman Catholic church, with some senior church figures demanding that priests deny communion to him and all other pro-abortion...
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LEADING ARTICLE: Israel's Brutal Assault on Gaza Only Thwarts International Efforts to Forge a Durable Peace
HOW MUCH further can the Middle East spin away from peace? In the past four days, Israeli forces have killed more than 40 Palestinians in one of the biggest and most brutal operations in Gaza for years. Tanks and helicopter gunships have been deployed...
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LEADING ARTICLE: Politicians Jostle in the Shadows of a Foolish War
MICHAEL HOWARD has touched a raw political nerve. In yesterday's Independent, Mr Howard claimed his right to criticise the Government's lack of candour, competence and clarity in the aftermath of the war against Iraq. In particular, the Conservative...
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LETTER: Shambolic Family Court System Provokes Extreme Actions
Sir: Through his actions in the House of Commons yesterday, Ron Davies ("Fathers' group uses media stunts to put its message across", 20 May) not only highlighted inadequacies in the security arrangements to protect our politicians, but also brought...
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Local Radio Company Hopes for Positive Debut
TRADING IN the shares of Local Radio Company will begin this morning, with investors eagerly waiting to see how the market reacts to this latest flotation. The pounds 52.8m placing has provoked unusual controversy for a small company, with outspoken...
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Met Police Are Still Racist, Says Authority
THE METROPOLITAN Police are guilty of "institutional racism" in the way officers stop and search black and Asian people, a damning report concluded yesterday. The "racial bias" of white officers is the core reason why members of ethnic minorities are...
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Mothercare Delivers Return to Dividends
MOTHERCARE HAS announced its return to making dividend payments to shareholders after a two-year break, following a turnaround in the fortunes of the mother and baby clothing and homeware chain. Ben Gordon, the chief executive, said it had been a "great...
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Mothers for Justice: Women Say Militant Fathers Are Creating a Climate of Fear
THEY SEE themselves as modern-day suffragettes, engaging in high- profile peaceful protests to raise public awareness of their battle for equality with the opposite sex. And in throwing a flour-filled condom at the Prime Minister, the Fathers4Justice...
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MOTOR RACING: Williams Row Gives Davidson Hope
THE RAZZMATAZZ and mercilessness of Monaco can cruelly highlight just what a game of musical chairs Formula One can be. Yesterday Anthony Davidson once more drove his heart out as BAR Honda's Friday test driver, and only one man went faster - a multiple...
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MPC's Kate Barker `Dubious' about the Shock Value of Sharp Rate Rises
THE BANK of England should not take the "dubious" step of shocking consumers with large or unexpected rises in interest rates, a member of the Monetary Policy Committee said yesterday. Kate Barker revealed that she was one of the members of the MPC to...
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Napster Is Back - and This Time It's Legal
THREE YEARS after it was closed down by the record industry, the online music service Napster is back. Napster, which pioneered illegal music downloading, surprised the record industry yesterday by unveiling a legitimate UK website, its first outside...
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Obesity Epidemic Raises Risk of Children Developing Diabetes
MORE THAN 20,000 children may be in the early stages of developing diabetes because they are too fat, researchers warn today. Doctors fear the condition is a ticking time bomb because most cases go undiagnosed. Researchers found that 1,400 children have...
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Obituary: Alan King ; Master of the `Angry' Comic Monologue
KENNETH TYNAN once wrote, "If a sawn-off shotgun could talk, it would sound like Alan King." Cigar-wielding master of the angry monologue, and star of over 30 television specials and 16 films, the durable King was revered by his fellow funny men. "Alan...
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Obituary: Dennis Coslett ; Dashing Commandant of the Free Wales Army
THE FREE Wales Army enjoyed a brief notoriety between 1963, when it began to attract attention with its marches and press releases, to 1969, when some of its members were sentenced at the end of a 53- day trial which culminated (too neatly to be a coincidence,...
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Obituary: Melvin J. Lasky ; Cold Warrior Editor of the Controversially Funded `Encounter'
MELVIN J. LASKY was the last of the Cold Warriors. Editor of Encounter in London from 1958 to 1990 - for the first nine of those years in a stormy partnership with Stephen Spender - and founder editor of Der Monat in Berlin after the Second World War,...
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One Incident. Forty Dead. Two Stories. What Really Happened?
A TINY bundle of blanket is unwrapped; inside is the body of a baby, its limbs smeared with dried blood. Then the mourners peel back the blanket further to reveal a second dead baby. Another blanket is opened; inside are the bodies of a mother and child....
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OUTLOOK: Barclays Lead the Field by a Nose in Bid Battle
THEY'RE INTO the final furlong in the race to buy The Daily Telegraph with three nags well ahead of the rest of the pack as they approach the winning post. There's still the remote possibility that Hollinger will find even the front runners' bids too...
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OUTLOOK: End of Winsor Reign
be quite free of the railways. Like his former sparring partner, the ex-Railtrack chief executive Gerald Corbett, the outgoing Rail Regulator has been scarred for life by exposure to this extraordinary industry but he still can't get enough of it. While...
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OUTLOOK: Super Man
ANOTHER BUOYANT set of results from Man Group has served to underline the ever onwards and upwards march of the hedge fund industry. To the obvious irritation of many of his City contemporaries, Stanley Fink, the chief executive of Man Group, has managed...
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Pandora
Poison pen adds venom to a bitter Westminster feud There has been a sinister development in the row between Lord Taylor of Warwick (pictured right) and the Tory party's vice chairman, Andrew Rosindell (left). A couple of weeks ago, Lord Taylor - the...
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Party Time in Madrid as Royals Fly in for Wedding
ROYALS AND heads of state from around the globe have flown into Madrid for the wedding tomorrow of the heir to the Spanish throne to a divorced former journalist. Locals have already started partying. The arrivals of 30 political leaders and representatives...
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Plan for Kamikaze Pigeons to Bomb Russia ; NATIONAL ARCHIVES Secret Service Papers Reveal Flights of Fancy, Bungling in the Desert and a Fear of Sex
IN 1946 the Soviet Union was racing to catch up with the United States in developing an atom bomb. In Britain, the military was working on a secret and terrible weapon of its own: germ warfare suicide pigeons. Security service documents released today...
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POLITICS: Major Tells of `Tedious and Unattractive' Lobbying for Honours
JOHN MAJOR spoke yesterday of his shock over the "extremely unattractive" pressure he faced when he was Prime Minister to approve honours for public figures. He also told MPs he did not believe he deserved a peerage just because of his spell in the highest...
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Race Show Dropped after Police Pressure
CHANNEL 4 has dropped a controversial documentary, which claimed that Asian men in Bradford were targeting and abusing white girls as young as 11, following pressure from the police. The programme, Edge of the City, due to be shown last night, had provoked...
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RACING: Epsom Odds Tumble for Cairdeas
BOOKMAKERS slashed the Derby odds yesterday against Cairdeas, who runs in the colours of the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese. The colt's price tumbled from 33-1 in the morning to less than half those odds by late afternoon. Cairdeas runs in the Gallinule...
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Rail Chiefs Threaten Legal Action to Avert Nationwide Strikes
RAIL CHIEFS are prepared to take legal action to try to avert what threatens to be the most disruptive industrial action on the network for a decade. They issued their warning after industry's biggest union announced a vote in favour of nationwide strikes...
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REVIEWS: OPERA - Falstaff Barbican London Oooo9
In a concert performance as good as this one, the orchestra can render the mise-en-scene redundant. Exploding from bar one like an irrepressible life force, it brings Windsor magically to the City of London before Verdi has introduced a single human...
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REVIEWS: POP - Iron & Wine Borderline London Oooo9
"How's everybody doing?", asks Sam Beam, the man who performs under the name Iron & Wine. Given that much of the sold-out audience is clearly here to see him tonight as much as the headliner, Rosie Thomas, the response is strikingly affirmative. "Oh...
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Reviews: Spotlight Judith Weir at 50
There is a question most contemporary composers dread: do you write more for your audience or for yourself? Asked this some years ago, Judith Weir answered: "I have to say that I'm very interested in audiences' reactions. But I don't really think you...
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REVIEWS: THEATRE - the History Boys Lyttelton, National Theatre London Ooooo
Putting ideas in boys' heads: from one point of view, that's the definition of education. It's a mark, though, of the deep-seated mistrust of things intellectual in England that the phrase also has a distinctly dubious edge. The very idea of transmitting...
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REVIEWS: VISUAL ARTS - the Staidness of George III ; George III and Queen Charlotte Queen's Gallery London Ooo99
`Those familiar with the Alan Bennett Academy of Historical Analysis, loosely based in Bradford, may have come away with some vague belief that George III, in addition to having an inordinately long reign of 60 years, was something of a buffoonish, periwigged...
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ROCK & POP: NEW RELEASES - Joanna Newsom the Milk-Eyed Mender DRAG CITY Iiii8
It's turning out to be a vintage year for female American roots artists. Joanna Newsom is distinguished from her peers by her chosen instrument (the harp) and by her vocal style, which is eccentric to the point of absurdity. Imagine a cross between creek-dipping...
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ROCK & POP: STORY OF THE SONG `THREE STEPS TO HEAVEN' Eddie Cochran (1960)
Eddie Cochran, the first rock star to die on British soil, inspired a generation of young guitarists with his live shows. George Harrison followed him around the country and Marc Bolan even claimed he once carried Cochran's orange Gretsch to a waiting...
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ROCK & POP: The Tracks of My Tears ; Kathryn Williams Is Known for Her Angsty Compositions. So What's She Doing Releasing a Covers Album?
I'm not sure how it happened, but Kathryn Williams's eyes are full of tears. "Oh God, I'm so embarrassed," she mumbles, trying to hide behind her hair. "It's not because you've upset me, but because I'm now having to work out in my head why I've made...
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ROCK & POP: Unforgettable Fire ; Ash Are Back with Their Best Album Yet. ALEXIA LOUNDRAS Hears How Relentless Touring Has Sharpened Up Their Sound
It's Friday night, and Ash are huddled around a tiny glass table covered in full and spent pints. The band are in the midst of a string of intimate Irish dates to promote their excellent fourth album, Meltdown, and have spent today doing television interviews...
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RUGBY UNION: Six Nations Could Move as Part of `Global Season'
THE SIX Nations Championship has been shunted around the fixture list over the past couple of seasons, to the extent that the final match of this year's tournament was played in the dead of the Parisian night - a positive development for insomniacs,...
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Scientists Fear Hidden Epidemic of vCJD
THE PROSPECT of a hidden epidemic of vCJD - the human form of "mad cow" disease - has been raised once again with tests suggesting that several thousand people might be incubating the brain disease. Scientists made the discovery after tests on tissue...
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Shares and Market Report: Market Movers
bOverNet Data 96p (up 45.5p, 90.1 per cent). Shares return from suspension as company unveils acquisition of FutureGene and new strategy developing genetically-modified crops. bSanctuary 48.75p (up 0.5p, 1.0 per cent). Stock overhang cleared. bMaelor...
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