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 January 14, 2006

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1. Being Confined to Bed with a Bad Back and a Touch of Flu Is Not an Excuse to Stop Working ; What I've Learnt This Week
This is a busy time of year for managers with everybody trying to improve their squad and only a month in which to do it. It seems to be non-stop, the phone calls you receive and make, but I've spent most of the week with my feet up in bed. Before Blades...
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3.5 Million Ashkenazi Jews 'Traced to Four Female Ancestors'
A total of 3.5 million Ashkenazi Jews are descended from just four "founding mothers" who lived in Europe at least 1,000 years ago, according to a study by Israeli geneticists. The four women were part of a small group which founded the Ashkenazi community,...
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48 HOURS IN THE SEYCHELLES ; IN ASSOCIATION WITH EMIRATES beyond Its Picture-Perfect Beaches the Ultimate Honeymoon Destination Has a Fascinating Colonial History and Thriving Crafts Scene, Says Cathy Packe
WHY GO NOW? The rainy season in the Seychelles, from November to February, is nearly over, and the crowds who flocked to the islands over Christmas have disappeared. The archipelago is sunny, the ocean calm and green and the people welcoming. And even...
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A Chasm of Mutual Incomprehension
It was all smiles when Angela Merkel came to the White House yesterday - and no wonder. As far as the Bush administration is concerned, a key European ally is back in the fold. Good riddance to that frightful Chancellor Schrder, who trashed us to win...
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Action Man ; BEN FOGLE
Today will be Day 46 for Ben Fogle and his partner, the double Olympic gold medallist, James Cracknell, and they are only two- thirds of the way there. The pair are rowing the Atlantic, following Christopher Columbus's route from the Canary Islands to...
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Age Doesn't Seem to Apply to Foreign Politicians
As happened Clarke and Rifkind threw into the ring the or leadership, there is that, at 64, Sir Campbell may be too old to be a suitable lead for the Liberal Democrats. What is odd is that this widely accepted view that any politician over 60 is past...
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A German Bridge across the Atlantic
It took Angela Merkel the best part of two months to become German Chancellor after her party narrowly won the election. And it has taken her another two months to get round to paying her first visit to Washington as German leader. Left to herself and...
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Aids Orphans Abandoned on Lesotho's Streets to Die Alone
In Nazareth Haphloane, straddling a picturesque valley in the kingdom of Lesotho, women till the rocky fields, men look after livestock and children attend school. It seems a tranquil neighbourhood, at peace with itself. But most mornings, the village...
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Alito Likely to Sail into Role as Bush's Latest Supreme Court Judge
After a grilling that spanned three days, 18 hours and 700 individual questions from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Samuel Alito appeared to be cruising towards final confirmation as the newest justice on the US Supreme Court, with...
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Anderson Sounds the Alarm over KFC's 'Chicken Abuse'
Pamela Anderson, the former Baywatch star and animal rights campaigner, is on the warpath over breasts and busts - of the chicken variety. In Vietnam they are too big. In Kentucky, they are simply out of place. First came her letter last week to the...
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AND YOU THOUGHT NIGELLA WAS SEXY... ; the Original Domestic Goddess She Brought Olive Oil and Garlic to Britain, but the Very Private Life of Elizabeth David Was Even Spicier Than the Recipes in Her Books. as a Biopic Comes to the Small Screen, Caroline Stacey Reports
In less time than it takes to boil an egg, the woman who was to become Britain's greatest 20th-century cookery writer, and as famous for her froideur as her fricassees, is snogging her rough-diamond lover. As war loomed in Europe the one-time debutante...
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A Robust Contest Will Help to Define the Liberal Democrats More Clearly
Something is lacking in the Liberal Democrat leadership election. Unlike in the recent Tory contest, there is no young charismatic candidate offering unpredictability and promising a radical change in tone. Nick Clegg and David Laws have missed an opportunity....
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BAE Staff to Vote on Pounds 600m Injection into Pension Plan
BAE Systems, the UK's biggest defence company, is to inject more than pounds 600m into its main pension scheme to close the pounds 2.4bn deficit in the fund. Employees are due to vote on the plan, which will also involve a reduction in benefits to scheme...
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Basra What Really Happened
The young soldiers in flames jumping from their Warrior vehicles into a seething crowd provided some of the defining images of British troops' tour of duty in Iraq. More than any other moment since the official start of "peacekeeping", it brought home...
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Be Cautious in the New-Issue Arena ; SECRETS OF SUCCESS
Are you tempted by the allure of investing in IPOs, otherwise known as Initial Public Offerings, or, more colloquially, new issues? It is proving to be something of a bumper period for the new- issue market, with AIM in particular doing a roaring business,...
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Berlin Admits Giving US Bombing Targets in Iraq
Chancellor Angela Merkel's fence-mending visit to the United States is being overshadowed by a growing scandal over reports that German intelligence had fed America key information about military targets in Iraq before the US invasion. German MPs have...
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Blair Sets out to Counter Critics and Sell Nuclear Power to Public
Tony Blair will begin preparing public opinion today for a new generation of nuclear power stations. The Prime Minister is to attend a policy forum where party activists will be urged to engage in a public debate on the "difficult decisions" ahead over...
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Blair Sets out to Sell His Nuclear Power Policy to the Public
Tony Blair will begin preparing public opinion today for a new generation of nuclear power stations. The Prime Minister is to attend a policy forum where party activists will be urged to engage in a public debate on the "difficult decisions" ahead over...
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Booming Home Care Business Is Ready to Clean Up ; NO PAIN, NO GAIN
If the hubbub surrounding Myhome International, a constituent of the No Pain, No Gain portfolio, is to be believed, the business will clean up in style this year. Profits, say its followers, will soar and its shares are tipped to more than double. I...
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Bowls: Monkhouse Breaks New Ground in Bowls' Battle of the Sexes ; after Eight Years of Struggle, a Grimsby PE Teacher Has Become the First Woman to Take on the World Mike Rowbottom Reports
The players' gallery at the World Indoor Bowls Championships was fuller than usual for Robert Newman's first-round match on Thursday evening. The object of scrutiny was his opponent - for the first time in its 27-year history, the competition had a woman...
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Branson Brokers Pounds 930m NTL-Virgin Merger ; Cable Group Raises Offer Minority Shareholders in Mobile Operator to Get 372p
The takeover of Virgin Mobile by the UK cable operator NTL is set to go ahead after Sir Richard Branson brokered a pounds 930m deal between the two companies last night. NTL tabled an increased offer yesterday which is worth 372p a share to Virgin Mobile's...
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British Troops Could Be Victims of Iran's Nuclear Stand-Off with West
Iran could take retribution against British troops in Iraq if the British government continues with its leading role in the campaign against the country's nuclear programme, senior defence sources have warned. The Tehran regime is known to have immense...
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British Wildlife Filmmaker Murdered by Gunmen in Her Kenyan Home
Joan Root was a well-known and respected figure in Kenya's Rift Valley. A celebrated filmmaker and naturalist, she had dedicated her life to protecting one of Africa's last wildernesses against human encroachment. In recent years, her one-woman crusade...
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British Wildlife Film-Maker Murdered by Gunmen in Her Kenyan Home
Joan Root was a well-known and respected figure in Kenya's Rift Valley. A celebrated filmmaker and naturalist, she had dedicated her life to protecting one of Africa's last wildernesses against human encroachment. In recent years, her one-woman crusade...
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Brown Calls for National Day to Celebrate Pride in 'Britishness'
Britain should be given its own national day for celebrations of its culture and historical heritage, the Chancellor, Gordon Brown, will say today. In a speech that sets out parts of his agenda for a fourth Labour term, Mr Brown will also propose ending...
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Brown Calls for National Day to Enjoy 'Britishness'
Britain should be given its own national day for celebrations of its culture and historical heritage, the Chancellor Gordon Brown will say today. In a speech that sets out parts of his agenda for a fourth Labour term, Mr Brown will also propose ending...
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Delegates at the British Psychological Society's conference in Glasgow this week were surprised by the findings of research into the most stressful occupations. Researchers had interviewed police officers, firefighters and teachers, and discovered that...
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Can I Get Money Back from Extra Pension? ; QUESTIONS OF CASH
I invested in an additional voluntary contributions pension policy, but I am very disappointed at the return. I believe that from April you can withdraw the value of a policy as a lump sum where the total investment is under pounds 15,000. Is this correct?...
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Cannibalism of US Pioneers Thrown into Doubt
The story of the Donner Party is one of the most haunting to come out of the settlement of the American West: a group of pioneers driven to such desperation in the snow-driven Sierra Nevada mountains of California that they resorted to feeding off the...
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Cheap, Inaccurate and Flawed - This Was No Tribute at All ; SPORT ON TV
A film about the Munich disaster of 1958 will always struggle to please anyone apart from its makers. The subject is taboo. Whenever the idea's been raised over the years, the outcry from survivors and bereaved has tended to bawl it out of court. Like...
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Cricket: Concern over Giles Leaves Selectors in a Spin
England's dithering in naming a final spinner for the three-Test tour of India can only be the result of doubts over the fitness of Ashley Giles. When David Graveney, England's chairman of selectors, announced the Test and one-day squads for India yesterday...
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Cricket: Younis Puts Pakistan on Top after Discord in India Camp
PAKISTAN 326-2 INDIA Younis Khan helped Pakistan to lay the foundations for a big score on the opening day of the first Test against India, hitting an un-beaten 147 as his side reached 326 for 2 at stumps. Mohammad Yousuf was on the verge of joining...
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Darts: Greatbatch Hatches a Plan ; DARTS
Shaun Greatbatch admits he already has a plan up his sleeve to combat the dynamic Dutchman Jelle Klaasen in their Lakeside World Championship semifinal. The duo set up today's showdown when they came through hard- fought matches, Greatbatch winning his...
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Darts: Van Barneveld Holds Nerve ; DARTS
A flying start proved decisive as the title holder Raymond van Barneveld moved into the semi-finals of the Lakeside World Championship with a 5-3 win over Tony O'Shea last night. The Dutchman, seeking a record-equalling fifth victory in this tournament,...
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Dealers Dump Astra Zeneca as Bid Hopes Fade ; MARKET REPORT
Dresdner Kleinwort Wass-erstein has called time on the soaraway share-price gains registered by AstraZeneca over the past six months. The German broker's advice to investors yesterday was simple - it urged them to abandon AZ, which has seen its value...
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'Death to America!' - Tehran Defiant as Security Council Stand-Off Looms
Near the University of Tehran - where the revolutionary faithful chant "Death to America" at Friday prayers - Iranians were defiant in the face of a Western threat to haul their country before the United Nations Security Council. "Let them sanction us...
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Deborah Orr ; Fill Up Your Freezer and Pre Pandemic (Although It May Pare for the Pointless)
I was mildly struck the other day, when Sky News announced that the Turk ish children they'd been giving us minute-by-minute updates on for quite some while had not died of bird flu. The deaths of these little tots had been, briefly, a tragedy of global...
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Don't Believe the Myths about These Policies
Closed with-profits funds are not necessarily worse than open ones. If you're in a fund that is closed to new business, don't panic. Although funds do close because they are financially weak - as is the case with companies such as Equitable Life and...
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Dutch Government Could Fall over Afghanistan
The Dutch cabinet yesterday agreed to let MPs vote on a plan to send 1,400 soldiers to Afghanistan after weeks of haggling that have threatened the county's government. The move was welcomed at Nato, which is responsible for the peacekeeping op-eration,...
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Fears Grow for Sharon as He Fails to Wake Up
Officials at the Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem have sought to play down the significance of the fact that Ariel Sharon has still not regained consciousness despite a gradual reduction in his coma- inducing drugs. The move came after reports on Israel's...
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FIVE BEST MOROCCAN RIADS ; Aoife O'Riordain Scours the Medinas for the Most Stylish Places to Stay
Riadel Fenn Marrakech If you don't mind your fellow guests consisting of London media types, then Riad el Fenn wins hands-down in the style stakes. Owned by Vanessa (sister of Richard) Branson and Howell James, this riad offers a contemporary twist on...
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Football: Ankle Injury Forces Essien Absence
Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has been omitted from the Ghana squad for this month's African Nations Cup after failing to recover from ankle ligament damage in time. Essien's participation in the competition had been in doubt after a tackle by West...
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FOOTBALL: Arsenal Confident Walcott Will Be Part of Pounds 30m Investment in Future ; FOOTBALL
Theo Walcott, regarded as the most exciting talent in European football, is expected to sign for Arsenal on Monday to complete a spectacular foray into the transfer market by Arsne Wenger. Suddenly a new Arsenal is beginning to take shape with Wenger...
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Football: Basic Human Decency Demands End to Sick Jokes about Munich ; ON SATURDAY
Munich. For a simple six-letter word it carries extraordinary resonance, and has done at least since the autumn of 1938, when it became synonymous with an almost criminal degree of gullibility on the part of Britain's Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain,...
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Football: Confessions of a Window Shopper ; after a Week in Which Transfers and Agents Have Made the News, West Brom's Bryan Robson Tels Sam Wallace about the Pleasures and Pitfals of Spending Wisely on a Limited Budget
The Premiership Interview Bryan Robson inclines his head towards the stack of videos and DVDs in the corner of his office with a degree of resignation - in the January transfer window the post is full of offerings from football agents promising, in the...
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Football: Dudek's Frustration with Life as Third-Choice to Continue
Liverpool signed a fifth goalkeeper this week and yet Rafael Benitez has told Jerzy Dudek that a responsibility to the club's interests means he cannot release the Polish international this month. Dudek revealed his anger at being relegated to third-choice...
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Football: FAN'S EYE VIEW Sheffield Wednesday
After some grim years things seemed to be picking up with promotion last season, but you have struggled in the Championship. Was that to be expected? Survival is essential. Anything around eight or 10 places above the relegation zone would be brilliant....
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Football: Ince Leaves Newell Counting Cost
WOLVES 2 LUTONTOWN 1 An eventful week for Mike Newell, the Luton manager, looked set to end on an upbeat note last night when Steve Howard's header cancelled out the first career goal by Wolves' 17-year-old midfielder, Mark Davies. Paul Ince had other...
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Football: Jol Keen to Sign Mido Permanently Barring Egypt Injury
Martin Jol has confirmed Tottenham intend to begin talks with the Egyptian striker Mido about a permanent move to the club if he returns injury-free from the African Nations Cup. Mido's 18-month loan spell at Tottenham expires at the end of the season...
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Football: Newell Plans to Name Director in FA Evidence ; amid the Controversy Fueled by Luton's Manager, Football League Figures Show Clubs' Expenditure to Third Parties Has Fallen Slightly. Nick Harris Reports
As the Football League yesterday revealed a slight downturn in payments to agents by the 72 non-Premiership clubs in the second half of last year, the Luton Town manager Mike Newell said that one of the names he will provide to the Football Association...
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FOOTBALL: New Stars for a New Stadium: Wenger Lays Foundations for Post-Highbury Era
The sense of drift which has pervaded Highbury since the summer was finally arrested yesterday when Arsne Wenger confirmed a pounds 20m renewal of his stuttering side was under way. It is not before time. Sir Alex Ferguson's recent claim that Arsenal...
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FOOTBALL PREMIERSHIP: Barton Must Lead City's Attempt to Hustle United
If Manchester United are allowed to keep the ball they will control play. City have to unsettle them by putting them under pressure all over the park. The key man is Joey Barton. He is an aggressive in-your-face player who can set the tone. His confrontation...
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Football: 'Scoring in the Derby Is Better Than Sex'
Stuart Pearce had just issued an appeal for players to remain detached from the incendiary atmosphere of a local derby when his Manchester-born, City-raised winger Trevor Sinclair presented his own perspective on a confrontation that reaches chapter...
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Football: Strachan Facing Selection Dilemma ; SCOTLAND
Gordon Strachan's first dilemma of the Roy Keane era at Celtic was how to dissect last Sunday's embarrassing Scottish Cup defeat at Clyde. He opened the floor for everyone to have their say, according to one of his young defenders, Adam Virgo. "Everything...
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Football: Truth, Justice and the American Way - How to Rid Our Game of Parasitic Agents
Unless his evidence is hard and incontrovertible, Mike Newell has this week no doubt elected himself only to a place among football's dwindling number of romantics who believe that the game should be something finer than some monstrous monument to greed....
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Football: What I've Learnt This Week
1. Being confined to bed with a bad back and a touch of flu is not an excuse to stop working This is a busy time of year for managers with everybody trying to improve their squad and only a month in which to do it. It seems to be non-stop, the phone...
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Football: World Cup Gala Cancelled over Fears for Berlin Pitch
The organisers of the World Cup yesterday abandoned plans for an ambitious opening gala at Berlin's Olympic Stadium fearing it would leave the pitch unplayable. The event, scheduled a week before the opening game, was to have featured a show with an...
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Forget China -Now's the Time to Get Stuck into India ; PRIVATE INVESTOR
It's not often that you open a newspaper and actually feel dizzy when you see a share price. However, that is the sensation that I felt when I last looked at the price of the JPMF Indian Investment Trust. I'm afraid that I do often bang on about the...
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For the British, There's Still No Place like a Dream Home Abroad in 2006 ; Milions of Us Are Moving to Fairer Climes, but You'd Be a Fool to Rush in, Says Sarah Bridge
If you have a new year's resolution to buy your dream house abroad, you are not alone: estate agents selling property overseas are enjoying a post-Christmas boom. "January is particularly busy this year," says Les Calvert, the managing director of Property-Abroad.com....
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From the Archive 25 September 2001 ; from a Leading Article on British Foreign Policy towards Iran
THE SIGHT of angry demonstrators shouting "death to Britain" outside our embassy in Tehran is a reminder of the difficulties that will attend Jack Straw's ground-breaking expedition to Iran. Mr Straw has described his Iranian hosts, the first to receive...
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Galloway's Feline Antics Provoke More Criticism
The Government's Chief Whip has launched a petition calling on George Galloway to leave the reality show Celebrity Big Brother and return to the job of representing his constituents. As the Respect MP prepared to find out whether he would be evicted...
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Gang 'Told Teenage Victim She Was Going to Be Killed' before Murder
The murdered teenager Mary-Ann Leneghan was told she was going to die throughout a terrifying ordeal of rape and torture before her killing, a court was told yesterday. The 16-year-old, who was stabbed to death in Reading's Prospect Park on 7 May last...
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Golf: High Winds Blow Wie and Rose off Course in Honolulu ; GOLF
Michelle Wie was next to last after an opening nine-over-par 79 at the US Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu on Thursday. It left her 14 strokes behind the leader Rory Sabbatini and probably requiring a 64 to survive the halfway cut - her goal since she started...
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Greenpeace Video of 'Terror Attack' Is Condemned
A video showing terrorists crashing a passenger plane into a nuclear power station - a vivid attack on the Government's alleged intention to build a new generation of nuclear power plants - has been condemned by the nuclear industry as "distasteful"....
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Headteacher Calls for Kelly to Improve or Be Removed
The headteacher at the centre of the furore over sex offenders in schools has called for Ruth Kelly, the Education Secretary, to be moved from her job. Tom Samain, head of The Hewett School in Norwich, said yesterday that unless Ms Kelly and her ministerial...
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Headteacher Criticises Kelly as Second Offender Is Named
Ruth Kelly, the Secretary of State for Education, was under mounting pressure last night after the head-teacher at the centre of the sex offender furore called for her to be moved from her job and it was revealed that a second offender had been allowed...
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HOUSEMATES ON THE COUCH ; We've All Got Opinions about the Mental States of Those Mad Enough to Go into the 'Big Brother House'. but What's the Professional Diagnosis? OliverJames Gives His Expert Analysis
To this shrink, Celebrity Big Brother is not only packed with individuals manifesting psychiatric symptoms, it is itself a symptom of a sick society. Being preoccupied by appearances, possessions, money and fame - exhibited 24 hours a day in the CBB...
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How Irritating It Is to Want to Be Adored
It didn't take long for Celebrity Big Brother to throw up an issue. First there was the presence of George Galloway, which seemed so shocking a week ago but has since prompted his political opponents to reveal themselves as secret BB fans, busily writing...
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How to Be an Ethical Shopper
Consumers have immense power to change companies, which respond to boycotts and other protests. The US clothing giant Gap acquired such a reputation for sweatshop labour that it opened its supply chain to scrutiny and published the results. So how can...
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How to Invest in the Stock Market in 2006 ; Here's Seven Ways, Some Riskier Than Others, to Make Returns This Year, Says David Prosser
At around 5,700 points, the FTSE 100 index of shares in Britain's biggest companies is at its highest point for more than five years. Early new-year gains have followed a profitable year for stock market investors - share prices rose by an average of...
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HOW TO TALK TO YOUR CAT ; Listen! Your Cat Is Talking to You - Your Cat Is Teling You How Much She Loves You. Watch! -the Special Friend Who Shares Your Life Has So Much to Say to You about Their Feelings and Needs. If Only You Knew How to Listen and What to Look For
Open up a whole new communication between you and your pet! ' If you're a cat lover like me, and wish to communicate better with your pet for a deeper, more loving relationship, then you'll want to find out how to talk to your cat. And that's where a...
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'I'm So Old That I Only Paint in the Mornings' ; the 5-Minute Interview Beryl Cook Artist
The painter Beryl Cook OBE, 80, is auctioning one of her works in aid of Terrence Higgins Trust on Tuesday at the gala opening of the London Art Fair. Works will remain on show to the public until 22January. For more information please visit www.londonartfair.co.ukMy...
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INM Doubles Its Money in India
Independent News & Media (INM), publisher of The Independent, has doubled the value of its interest in the Hindi newspaper group Ja- gran Prakashan since it picked up the stake for EUR28m (pounds 19m) just seven months ago. Announcing the price range...
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Irish Play Host to 'Refugees' from Britain's Ban on Hare-Coursing
Scores of British enthusiasts will attend a hare-coursing event in Ireland today, cheering on the mixture of English and Irish dogs taking part. The activity was banned in Britainlast year, but is still legal in Ireland and is a thriving activity in...
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Is It Time to Cash in Your 'With-Profits' Savings Plan? ; James Daley Advises Frustrated Policyholders on How to Get out of the Doldrums
Millions of people still holding onto a with-prof-its savings policy - in a pension, as a bond, in a life insurance policy or in an endowment linked to their mortgage - have every right to feel hard done by after the poor performance of the past few...
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Jamie's London Borough Sacks Compass
The school dinner firm Scolarest, part of the catering giant Compass, has been ousted by London's Camden borough, home to the celebrity chef Jamie Oliver who has mounted a successful nationwide campaign to improve school meals. Camden Council has awarded...
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Japanese Groups Lead the Way in Pounds 2bn Race to Buy Westinghouse
The US nuclear engineering company Westinghouse, which has been put up for sale by its owner, British Nuclear Fuels, is set to be sold to a Japanese buyer for a price in excess of $3.5bn (pounds 2.0bn). Toshiba and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, part of...
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Key Points to Remember When Looking for Property in a Foreign Country
"You need to go through the same thought process as you would buying a property in the UK," advises Peter Esders at John Howell & Co. "It's important to seek legal advice as early as possible and understand the way of buying properties in other countries...
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Laughing Gas, the Clubbing Craze That Is Making Regulators Frown
It is a mild anaesthetic, a rocket fuel and a propellant in aerosols. Nitrous oxide, the multi-purpose chemical also known as laughing gas, now has another use: it has taken off as the fashionable - and apparently legal - recreational drug of choice...
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Laughing Gas, the Legal Drug Sweeping Clubland That Is Making Regulators Frown
It is a mild anaesthetic, a rocket fuel and apropellant in aerosols. Nitrous oxide, the multi-purpose chemical also known as laughing gas, now has another use: it has taken off as the fashionable - and apparently legal - recreational drug of choice in...
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Lib Dem Contenders Set out Stalls on Tax Policy
Tax has been thrust to the centre of the Liberal Democrat leadership battle as rival candidates try to carve out a distinctive appeal to party activists. Simon Hughes, installed by the bookmakers as favourite to succeed Charles Kennedy, will today call...
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Lucky Break ; an Invitation to the Charmingly Chintzy Chalets and Perfectly Manicured Slopes of Vermont Was Treat Enough. Then Olivia Williams Found Herself in the Very Highest of Hi-Tech Resorts
The absence of snow from my life is a matter of great regret. In fact, snowflakes that fall on my nose and eyelashes are examples of a few of my favourite things. I remember staring at a snowflake stuck to a window, marvelling at its perfection and astonishing...
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Map of the World May Prove the Chinese Beat Columbus to America
Could it be that America was discovered, not by Columbus, but by a Chinese admiral who was not only a eunuch and a Muslim but also a confidant of the Emperor during the Ming dynasty? A map will go on display on Monday in Beijing which is already revolutionising...
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Might Is Right - or We'll Be Much the Weaker for It ; Errors & Omissions
This newspaper is resolutely secular. We resist the supernatural. For instance, on the death of one of the Kray twins, I wrote one of my finest headlines - "Reggie Kray goes to join his victims" - only to have it vetoed by the night editor on the absurdly...
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Moor for Your Money ; Far from the Country's Clogged Beach Resorts, Nick West Discovers Albarracin, a Magical Patch of Spain That's Still Largely Untouched by Tourism
I used to believe that the Italians made the best coffee. Yet sipping the most delicious cafe con leche, while looking out over the spectacular medieval Spanish village of Albarracin, it occurred to me that I had got it wrong. Spanish coffee is consistently...
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Ms Dynamite Faces Prison for Attack on Policewoman
A glittering future beckoned when Ms Dynamite won the Mercury Music Prize in 2002. Beautiful, talented and outspoken, she campaigned against gun crime, domestic violence, poverty and the Iraq war and became a role model for young women everywhere. But...
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MY LIFE IN TRAVEL David James ; 'When I Travel with the England Team We Have Our Own Plane'
First holiday memory? California Beach in Norfolk We used to go during the summer holidays, in the days when you could see the sand through the sea I have great memories of those times Best holiday? I have spent a lot of time in the United States and...
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My Week: The Writer Whose Play Is the First to Preview at the Royal Court as Part of Its 50th Anniversary
Sunday Take a walk in Regent's Park and think about my play, O Go My Man. Then I just do all the normal boring things I can't do during the week, like laundry and cleaning the bathroom. Watch Top Gear for a distraction but I'm still focused on the play....
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Never Apologise, Never Explain
"There can be no greater nightmare," wrote the veteran child abuse pundit Esther Rantzen, "than the thought that a convicted sex offender could be teaching your child PE." She is wrong. An obviously greater nightmare would be that the police and the...
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Never Mind the Ballacks. ; Here's the Sport and Music Quiz
Do you know which songs featured these sport-related lyrics? Each one has a clue to help you guess the artist. And there's a picture poser too. This week's questions were set by Eve Shannon, from London. The answers are on page 59 1 Just think of the...
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No Savings but I Want to Buy My Own House ; WEALTH CHECK
Currently lodging with her mum, Julia Anne Nash, 29, is keen to buy her first property within the next year. With no savings, Julia will need a 100 percent mortgage, though she intends to set up a savings account immediately. Aware that her ambition...
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Obituaries: ALEX ST CLAIR ; Guitarist with Captain Beefheart
Despite the fact that he retired from music in the mid-Eighties and has been concentrating on painting for the last 20 years, Captain Beefheart remains a major influence on the likes of Franz Ferdinand, The Fall, David Byrne, Kate Bush, John Lydon and...
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Obituaries: PROFESSOR MAURICE BERESFORD ; Economic Historian and Author of the Lost Vilages of England 'Who Pioneered Landscape History'
Maurice Beresford was one of the foremost medieval economic historians of the second half of the 20th century and a pioneer of what is now called Landscape History. An only child, Beresford was born in Sutton Coldfield in 1920. After Bishop Vesey's Grammar...
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ON THE TRAIL OF CEZANNE ; Aix Marks the Spot' the Scenery of Provence Inspired the Father of Modern Art. Now, 100 Years after His Death, Visitors Can at Last See These Landscapes from the Artist's Own Vantage Point. John Lichfield Reports
High on a sandstone ridge above the city of Aix-en-Provence, there is an ancient quarry, overgrown with twisted pine trees, wild rosemary and sage. Under the sharp Mediterranean sun, trees and rocks are jumbled together in bizarre shapes and startling,...
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'Our Culture Discourages Business Lunches, If You Want a Meeting Then Do It over Dinner' ; Charles Dunstone Founder and Chief Executive of Carphone Warehouse A Day in the Life Of
7am Charles Dunstone, the founder and chief executive of Carphone Warehouse, has been grinning since Christmas Eve. He knew then that sales at Europe's biggest mobile phone operator had thrashed forecasts over the key festive period. Today, 12 January,...
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'Our Daughter Needs to Practise Her German'
Q My daughter is taking her Ger-man GCSE this summer, and we would like to take her and her 10-year-old brother to Germany during February half term. We don't mind driving, since we live in London. However, we would be willing to fly should you suggest...
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Petit St Vincent the Grenadines ; 24-HOUR ROOM SERVICE
Today, luxury hotels seem to be rated by the size of the plasma- screen TVs, the speed of the WiFi, and the softness of the pillows. This isn't the case at the Caribbean resort of Petit St Vincent. Here, the luxury is the setting and the seclusion. The...
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Racing: Iris's Gift Faces Final Gold Cup Credibility Test
A pair of Cheltenham Gold Cup candidates will be putting their credentials on the line this afternoon at Warwick, one under an actual heavy burden, the other a metaphorical one in their respective races. Joachim, from the Martin Pipe yard, is top of...
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RANDOLL COATE ; Diplomat Turned Maze Designer
Randoll Coate was one of the world's greatest maze designers. He furthered the maze as a valid form of landscape art more than anyone had previously done. His maze designs abound with symbolism, from their outline shape and the internal patterns of paths...
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Rugby: Howley Back in Tune with the Blues
Saturday Interview The training session had finished more than two hours earlier and most of the players were long gone, but Rob Howley was still staring into his laptop in his office at the Cardiff Blues' smart new training centre at Hensol Castle....
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