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 12, 2005

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1000 DAYS OF HELL ; after Three Years' Incarceration, Guantanamo Britons Are Set to Be Freed
IT HAS been just over a thousand days since Pakistani security officers broke down Moazzam Begg's front door and bundled him into the boot of a waiting police car. His terrified wife and three children looked on helplessly as Mr Begg was taken away in...
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Abbas Holds out for `Useful' Sharon Talks
ISRAEL'S PRIME Minister, Ariel Sharon, told his new coalition cabinet yesterday after congratulating Mahmoud Abbas on his election victory that he expected to meet the Palestinian President "in the near future". In the first tentative sign of resumed...
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Aberdeen Asset's Largest Investor Sells 16% Stake
PHOENIX, THE US life insurer and investment house, finally brought an end to its stormy nine-year relationship with Aberdeen Asset Management yesterday, selling its 16 per cent stake in the UK fund manager for about pounds 38m. The US group has been...
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A Century Apart: Children Face Poverty Trap as Deep as Ever ; to Mark the Centenary of Dr Barnardo's Death, the Charity That Bears His Name Commissioned a Report on Child Welfare in Britain over the Past 100 Years. as Maxine Frith Reports, Not Much Has Changed
1905 IN THE spring of 1905, a seven-year-old girl from London, known only as Emma, was taken into the care of a residential home run by the famous Dr Thomas Barnardo. She was thin and dressed in rags, and the notes taken by the charity worker admitting...
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After 44 Years in Jail, Killer Is Tried for Fourth Time over Same Crime
HOW MANY times must Wilbert Rideau be charged with the same crime? The 62-year-old model prisoner went on trial this week for the fourth time over the killing of a young woman more than 40 years ago. While most prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment...
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After 44 Years in Jail, Killer Is Tried for the Same Crime a Fourth Time
HOW MANY times must Wilbert Rideau be charged with the same crime? The 62-year-old model prisoner went on trial this week for the fourth time over the killing of a young woman more than 40 years ago. While most prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment...
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An Ordinary Tale of a Conman Who Went Too Far
Mostly harmless, Michael Hammond's story is not really all that unlike that of several people of our acquaintance. He just went a little far. To recapitulate: Mr Hammond was a man from an ordinary Sussex background, who decided one day that to be Michael...
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Apple Aims for New Market with `Mini' Macs and Ipods
APPLE WILL create a basic Macintosh at the dramatically reduced price of less than $500 (pounds 266) to make its sleek products available to the mass market. The move, which will shave $300 off the cost of the cheapest Mac, has been hailed as one of...
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A Problem of Image ; `You Can Go on for Only So Long Being Told That You're Naff,' Say Andy Bell and Vince Clarke of Erasure. but Their Top 10 Chart Entry This Week Should Ease the Pain, Says Chris Mugan
When Erasure's front man admitted that he was HIV positive in December, cynics assumed that it was a ploy to garner column inches ahead of the duo's forthcoming album. Fortunately, for fans of British reserve, the truth was more prosaic. In a series...
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Architecture: Doing It for Themselves ; Tonight, the Architecture Foundation Will Select a Radical Design for Its New Headquarters. Jay Merrick Gets Excited at the Prospect of a Building That Will Inspire Boldness in Planners for Years to Come
Will Alsop's admirable new Ben Pimlott annex at Goldsmiths College, London, opened on Monday. It is not, though, the architectural story of the week. That honour belongs to a smaller project whose impending arrival has generated very little in the way...
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A Rebel Transformed by the Sight of Beggars and Prostitutes on London's Streets
THOMAS BARNARDO was a teenage rebel turned evangelist who transformed Victorian attitudes to the poor and devoted his life to deprived and vulnerable children. Born in Dublin in 1845 to a furrier, he was considered a troublemaker and, having failed his...
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Biting the Hands That Feed Them ; Last Week, a Few Missing Chips Drove One Hungry Diner to Go on the Rampage. and He's Not Alone. This Is `Food Rage', and It's Coming to a Restaurant near You. John Walsh on a New Eating Disorder
It was a routine morning at the Burger King in Dubois, Pennsylvania on New Year's Day. A listless crew of midday lunchers were working off their hangovers with a Whopper and a slurp of Coca- Cola, and would barely have registered the pick-up truck that...
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Blair Did Not Promise to Step Aside for Brown, Claim Aides
TONY BLAIR never promised Gordon Brown he would stand down before the next general election, allies of the Prime Minister insisted yesterday. The Blair camp disputed the claim in a new book about the Chancellor that the Prime Minister pledged to quit...
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Blair Did Not Promise to Step Aside for Brown, Say Aides
TONY BLAIR never promised Gordon Brown he would stand down before the next general election, allies of the Prime Minister insisted yesterday. The Blair camp disputed the claim in a new book about the Chancellor that the Prime Minister pledged to quit...
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Boeing, Airbus Get Three Months to Settle Aid Row ; US and EU Officials Pull Back from Brink of Trade War W Still a Lot of Hoops to Go through, Warns Mandelson
THE EUROPEAN Union and the United States set a three-month deadline yesterday for ending subsidies to their respective large commercial aircraft manufacturers, Airbus and Boeing, and so avert the threat of a debilitating trade war. During that period...
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Brian Viner: Country Life
It would be stretching the point to say that all the acclaim heaped on The Merchant House, modestly rated 14th best restaurant in the world by Restaurant magazine, has been the making of Ludlow. The delightful market town, 15 miles from us across the...
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Brown's Child Trust Funds Snubbed by Many in City
THE LARGEST and best known companies in the life insurance and fund management sector have snubbed the Government's Child Trust Fund (CTF) scheme, it emerged yesterday. Gordon Brown revealed that just 29 providers have signed up to the scheme in time...
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Cannings' Compensation Claim Is Rejected
CAMPAIGNERS AND legal experts accused the Home Office yesterday of flouting human rights laws over its refusal to pay compensation to a mother wrongly convicted of the murders of two of her children.Angela Cannings, who spent 18 months in prison for...
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Chancellor Begins African Tour to Launch Battle against Poverty
GORDON BROWN will fly into Africa today for a six-day diplomatic mission to launch Britain's plans to boost the fight against poverty during its presidency of the G8. Mr Brown will visit four nations in a trip likely to be seen as an attempt to reinforce...
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Chancellor Flies out to Tackle African Poverty
GORDON BROWN will fly into Africa today for a six-day diplomatic mission to launch Britain's plans to boost the fight against poverty during its presidency of the G8. Mr Brown will visit four nations in a trip likely to be seen as an attempt to reinforce...
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Classical: City of London Sinfonia / Holst Singers: Bethlehem St John's Church Glastonbury Ooo99
RUTLAND BOUGHTON is one of the great missing names of British music. Were it not for Hyperion - best of all record labels - and Michael Hurd's biography, few would encounter either the music or the endearing, infuriating personal shenanigans of this...
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Classical: LSO / Harding Barbican London Oo999
THE LONDON Symphony Orchestra's first Barbican concert of the new year was not a happy one. Sometimes the need for a Society for the Protection of Orchestras from Conductors seems vital, especially from young ones, and especially, perhaps, from anyone...
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Comedy: Punt & Dennis Warwick Arts Centre Warwick Oo999
WHEN I mentioned to friends that I was going to see Punt & Dennis, I got something of a ribbing about it. One joked that she had renamed It's Been a Bad Week, the duo's Radio 2 show, It's Occasionally Funny. For those who regarded The Mary Whitehouse...
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Congress Told 1.5m Jobs Lost to China
THE UNITED STATES has lost almost 1.5 million jobs since 1989 because of increased trade with China, the US Congress was told yesterday. The Economic Policy Institute estimated that imports from China displaced 1.66 million jobs between 1989 and 2003,...
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Cover Story: My Close Call with Hollywood ; His Intimate Portrayal of Infidelity Was a Hit on Stage, but When a Top Director Wanted to Put Closer on Screen, Patrick Marber Was Afraid of Commitment. Here He Explains His Change of Heart
The inspiration I began writing the play Closer in the summer of 1996. The specific inspiration for it was Steven Soderbergh's film, Sex, Lies, and Videotape, which had been released in 1989. I thought it would be fun to do an arthouse film on stage...
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Cricket: Boucher Reborn in Journey Back from the Wilderness ; South Africa Recall Wicketkeeper Once Seen as a Disruptive Influence. Stephen Brenkley Met Him in Johannesburg
South Africa's resurgence is a tribute to the pin-sticking method of team selection. They have clawed their way back to equality in the Test series against England, and still do not appear to have a clue what their best side is. By picking Mark Boucher...
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Cricket: Hick and Knight to Join World XI for Tsunami Relief
THE FORMER England batsmen Graeme Hick and Nick Knight will play for a World XI in three one-day charity matches against New Zealand later this month. Shane Warne will lead the team in matches to raise funds for the victims of the Boxing Day tsunami....
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Cricket: Key out to Solve Third Man Problem
HISTORICALLY THE No 3 spot in England's batting order has been a difficult position to fill. Nasser Hussain and Mark Butcher have occupied it manfully since 1998, but England have to go back to David Gower, who batted in this position in the mid-Eighties,...
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Deborah Ross: My So-Called Life: Useless Housewives - Unite in Disarray
In response to Channel 4's Desperate Housewives, and all that glamour and those white picket fences, I would like to introduce Useless Housewives, an exciting organisation founded by myself for the good of womankind, which operates under the slogan:...
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Deeper and Deeper ; When the Going Gets Tough, the Homeowner Gets Digging. Graham Norwood Explains Why Basement Extensions Are a Smart Investment
You need another room but already have a loft. You want more space but dare not move house while the market is falling. There is only one solution - go underground. Basements can be as cheap or expensive as you wish, depending on what you use them for...
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Discovery of Hidden Laboratory Sheds Light on Leonardo's Genius
RESEARCHERS HAVE discovered the hidden laboratory used by Leonardo da Vinci for studies of flight and other pioneering scientific work in previously sealed rooms at a monastery next to the Basilica of the Santissima Annunziata, in the heart of Florence.The...
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Engineered to Perfection: Me and My Home ; Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya Has Created a Fantasy of Victorian and Indian Grandeur. Chris Arnot Steps Inside
Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya is professor of engineering at Warwick University. During the Eighties, he transformed the training of engineers to stem the skills shortage at the top level of British industry. With his wife, Bridie, he restored the former...
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First Night: Star-Crossed Lovers Left Jilted by Nureyev's Fiddly Details ; Romeo and Juliet the Coliseum, London
ENGLISH NATIONAL Ballet's colourful Romeo and Juliet is a mixture of gusto and fuss. Rudolf Nureyev's production, created for this company in 1977, has been very popular. This revival has real sweep, with lively performances and splendid Renaissance...
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Five Considers the Launch of New Channel
FIVE, THE broadcaster, is considering launching a specialist children's channel, after the breakdown of merger talks with Channel 4. It is thought that any new digital channel launch would form only part of five's strategy, which analysts believe will...
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Floods Clear-Up Is Hampered as Scotland and North Are Battered by 100mph Winds
STORM FORCE winds hit the stricken city of Carlisle in Cumbria last night, hampering its attempts to mop up from floods that have left three people dead and thousands homeless. The winds returned to the city as emergency services urged residents who...
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Football: Agent Provokes Palace Anger
WAYNE ROUTLEDGE, Crystal Palace's England Under-21 winger, has rejected a new five-year, pounds 12,000-a-week deal, sparking speculation that the club will be forced to sell him this month. Palace's chairman, Simon Jordan, reacted angrily to the news...
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Football: Agent Provokes Palace Fury
WAYNE ROUTLEDGE, Crystal Palace's England Under-21 winger, has rejected a new five-year, pounds 12,000-a-week deal, sparking speculation that the club will be forced to sell him this month. Palace's chairman, Simon Jordan, reacted angrily to the news...
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Football: Bates Renews Call to Be Involved in Leeds Takeover
AS KEN BATES yesterday made a public denial that he wanted to invest pounds 10m to take a controlling interest in Leeds United, he was privately seeking a second meeting with Sebastien Sainsbury to discuss a takeover partnership. It is understood Bates...
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Football: Beckham Committed to Passing His Spanish Test
DAVID BECKHAM flashed a nervous smile, looked down at his feet and began. "El partido con Atletico was mucho mejor para todos," he stuttered. The game against Atletico was much better for all of us. His first words in Spanish in public since his arrival...
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Football: Brighton Rock: The Seagulls' South Coast Sound Kicks Up a Storm ; Attila the Stockbroker Talks to Mike Rowbottom about the Record Which Promotes the Club's Campaign for a New Stadium
BRITNEY SPEARS, Christina Aguilera and U2 have something in common this week. They are all being beaten by Brighton and Hove Albion. Specifically, the team outselling them in the charts is made up of Brighton supporters, rallied by the punk poet Attila...
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Football: Campbell Lifts West Brom for Battle Ahead
KEVIN CAMPBELL said yesterday that keeping West Bromwich Albion in the Premiership would give him greater satisfaction than the League championship medal he won with Arsenal. Campbell played an important part in Arsenal capturing the title in 1991, but...
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Football: Campbell Lifts West Brom for Battle Ahead
KEVIN CAMPBELL has admitted keeping West Bromwich Albion in the Premiership would give him greater satisfaction than the League championship medal he won with Arsenal. Campbell played an important part in Arsenal capturing the title for the second time...
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Football: Ferguson Demands Show of Strength as Patience Wears Thin
FOR Manchester United, facing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge after being held by Exeter at Old Trafford is rather like attempting to scale the Eiger after failing to climb Primrose Hill. Sir Alex Ferguson's patience with the reserves who failed to overcome...
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Football: Geremi Faces Block on Move to Boro
MIDDLESBROUGH HAVE enquired about the availability of Geremi, but there is little likelihood of a move this month as the Teessiders want to take the Chelsea midfielder initially on loan. Chelsea would agree to a sale if one were pushed through immediately,...
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Football: Gerrard's Strike Deflates Watford Balloon ; Liverpool 1 Watford 0
ALWAYS, WHENEVER he thought of Anfield, Ray Lewington would wince. Nineteen years before, he had taken his Fulham side to Liverpool in a League Cup tie and lost 10-0. Sir Alex Ferguson used to say that no manager should concede 10, the humiliation is...
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Football: Liverpool Clubs Snub Stadium Share Plan
LIVERPOOL AND Everton will definitely not share a stadium, the local authority confirmed yesterday. The clubs had agreed to consider a proposal to share Liverpool's planned new pounds 120m stadium, which is to be built very close to their present ground,...
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Football: Morientes on Brink of Signing for Liverpool in a Pounds 6m Deal ; Liverpool 1 Watford 0
RAFAEL BENITEZ appears to have won the battle to sign Fernando Morientes with the Real Madrid striker expected on Merseyside today to discuss personal terms with Liverpool. Benitez said last night that he hoped to register the 28-year- old striker in...
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Football: Norwich Look to Long Term with Ashton
NIGEL WORTHINGTON insists Norwich City's new pounds 3m striker Dean Ashton is "not the Messiah for Premiership football". The Norfolk club broke their transfer record to land the highly rated England Under-21 international, whose 20 goals for Crewe had...
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Football: Old Boots and Pants Football's Greatest Hits and Low Notes
THE TOP TEN WINNERS Song Title Artist (Year, Highest chart position) 1 World in Motion England and New Order (1990, 1) Mancunian cult popsters, the rapping skills of John Barnes 2 Three Lions Baddiel, Skinner and the Lightning Seeds (1996, 1) Rocked...
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Football: Villa Prepare Pounds 8m Yakubu Offer
ASTON VILLA will revive their search for a new striker by making an approach for the Portsmouth striker Aiyegbeni Yakubu after the Nigerian yesterday admitted he would be ready for a move this month.Portsmouth have valued the 22-year-old, who is represented...
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Football: Yakubu's Desire for Change Puts Villa on Alert
ASTON VILLA will revive their search for a new striker by making an approach for the Portsmouth striker Aiyegbeni Yakubu after the Nigerian ended weeks of speculation yesterday by admitting that he would be ready for a move away from Fratton Park this...
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Game's Christmas Knocked by PlayStation 2 Suez Supply Crisis
GAME GROUP, the computer gaming retailer, yesterday blamed a three- day closure of the Suez canal for disappointing results during the normal peak Christmas period. A closure of the canal in November delayed a tanker delivery of thousands of the best-selling,...
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Going, Going, Gone: Greer Takes Reality Check and Walks out on `Big Brother'
SHE FAMOUSLY waxed lyrical on the "voyeurs" foolish enough to get drawn into the squalid world of reality television. The erudite Germaine Greer then made the surprising decision to appear on what is undoubtedly the mother of all reality television shows:...
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Greer Takes a Reality Check and Walks out on Big Brother Housemates
GERMAINE GREER, the respected feminist writer, critic and academic admitted to being "a little naive" over her involvement with Celebrity Big Brother, which ended with her walking out of the house yesterday morning. Greer's exit on the show's sixth day...
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Guantanamo Releases: British Promise to Pursue Convictions Secured Repatriation of Four Inmates
THE US agreed to free the four Britons from Guantanamo Bay only after it received guarantees they would be constantly monitored and face an investigation to ascertain whether they can be charged in this country. The pledge, understood to have been made...
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Guantanamo Releases: Britons Who Will Be Released with Moazzam Begg
RICHARD BELMAR Just over a month ago Richard Belmar wrote to his family in London: "I am still alive, but I don't know if I will ever see you again." The former postal worker, 25, a Catholic who converted to Islam, had been in solitary confinement at...
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Guantanamo Releases: Former Prisoners Struggle to Rebuild Their Shattered Lives
IT HAS been almost a year since five other Britons detained in Guantanamo Bay first won their release. But there is precious little sign that any of them have been able to rebuild their lives. Shafiq Rasul, 27, Asif Iqbal, 22, and Rhuhel Ahmed, 22, all...
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GUANTANAMO RELEASES: Prisoners Freed a Year Ago Struggle to Rebuild Their Lives
IT HAS been almost a year since five other Britons detained in Guantanamo Bay won their release. But there is little sign that any of them have been able to rebuild their lives. Shafiq Rasul, 27, Asif Iqbal, 22, and Rhuhel Ahmed, 22, all from Tipton,...
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GUANTANAMO RELEASES: Promise to Pursue Convictions Secures the Repatriation of Last British Inmates
THE US agreed to free the four Britons from Guantanamo Bay only after it received guarantees that they would be constantly monitored and face an investigation to ascertain whether they can be charged in this country. The pledge, understood to have been...
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Guantanamo Releases: THREE DETAINEES ACCUSED OF AL-QA'IDA LINKS
RICHARD BELMAR Just over a month ago Richard Belmar wrote to his family in north London: "I am still alive, but I don't know if I will ever see you again." The former postal worker, 25, a Catholic who converted to Islam, had been in solitary confinement...
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Holiday Groups Fear Drop in Sales after Tsunami Disaster
THOMSON HOLIDAYS and Thomas Cook, among the UK's biggest tour operators, yesterday said holiday bookings since Christmas had been slow as scenes of devastation in Asia had put people off holidays. The news from Thomson came as its parent company, the...
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Hot Spot: Kintbury, Berks ; with More Pubs Than You Can Shake Your Morris Dancing Stick at, City Slickers Are Chasing Properties in This Rural Idyll, Says Robert Liebman
No rest for bonus babies. "Even though bonus money doesn't actually arrive until March, we started getting calls from people based in the City last month," confirms Hungerford-based Nick van Zeller, of Knight Frank. Bonus money gravitates toward large...
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House Hunter: Which Ski Resort Is a Sound Investment?
THE PROBLEM Mark Walker writes: "I have a small, mostly UK-based property portfolio, and am keen to add to it. I've bought most of my properties as an investment, apart from an apartment on a Portuguese golfing development, where I go each summer. But...
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Investment: Can You Afford It? ; Two-Bed Victorian Conversion Pounds 207,500 Crystal Palace, London SE19 Agent: Winkworth 020-8655 9530
What you get: Large two double-bedroom first-floor flat on the hill at Crystal Palace, with far-reaching views of the South Downs. Master bedroom with ensuite, and separate shower room. Shared freehold with the five other flats in the detached building....
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Investment: If Only They'd Snagged ; the Family That Bought This House Found Hundreds of Defects. They Could Have Avoided the Heartache, Explains Christopher Browne
The McGuire family could hardly contain their excitement when they moved into the five-bedroom house they had just bought on a new estate in Cambridgeshire. "We'd been anticipating the big day for months," says Hazel McGuire. However, elation turned...
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Labour Rift: Alarmed Prescott Hosted Secret Dinner in 2002 to Try to Heal Leadership Rift
JOHN PRESCOTT began his role as a peacekeeper within months of the 2001 general election victory, nearly two years earlier than previously reported. The Deputy Prime Minister hosted a dinner at Dorneywood, his grace and favour residence in the country,...
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LABOUR RIFT: MPs Say They Will Enforce Blair and Brown Truce
LABOUR MPS vowed yesterday that they would take action to force Tony Blair and Gordon Brown to stick to their truce because they are worried that their bitter feud will erupt again before the general election. Many Labour backbenchers fear that relations...
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Labour Rift: MPs Say They Will Enforce Blair and Brown Truce ; Labour Rift
LABOUR MPS vowed yesterday that they would take action to force Tony Blair and Gordon Brown to stick to their truce because they are worried that their bitter feud will erupt again before the general election. Many Labour backbenchers fear that relations...
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LABOUR RIFT: Prescott the Peacekeeper Hosted Secret Dinners in Bid to End Leadership Rivalry
JOHN PRESCOTT began his role as a peacekeeper within months of the 2001 general election victory, nearly two years earlier than previously reported. The Deputy Prime Minister hosted a dinner at Dorneywood, his grace and favour residence in the country,...
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Labour Rift: The Sketch: Chilled by Groovy Pre-Launch to an Election
IT WAS the overture, you might say. It was the prologue. It was the launch of the pre-launch of their election campaign. There are 16 weeks to go. Am I getting older or are elections getting longer? The 2005 campaign began at Billingsgate. The old fish...
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Last Night's Television: In the Business of Mass Murder ; Auschwitz: The Nazis & the `Final Solution' BBC2
YOU MIGHT have thought that we'd all seen enough TV series about Nazis and the Holocaust. But at the end of this month it will be 60 years since the liberation of Auschwitz. To mark the occasion, the BBC commissioned a poll to determine the state of...
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Law Report: Suspension of Injunction to Restrain Gypsy Site Incorrect ; 12 January 2005 Mid Bedfordshire District Council V Brown and Others ([2004] EWCA Civ 1709) Court of Appeal, Civil Division (Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, Master of the Rolls, Lord Justice Mummery and Lord Justice Jonathan Parker) 20 December 2004
IN SUSPENDING an injunction restraining gypsies from using land for residential purposes pending the determination of their application for planning permission, the judge had not taken proper account of the court's vital role in upholding the important...
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Leading Article: The Return of the Last British Detainees Will Not End the Disgrace of Guantanamo
IN HAILING the announcement that the four British detainees remaining at Guantanamo are to be released in the coming weeks, we can only echo the response from the men's lawyers and from Amnesty International: the news is thoroughly welcome - but long,...
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Leading Article: The Significance of Mr Brown's Trip to Africa
THE TURMOIL in Westminster over the Labour leadership will no doubt continue despite Gordon Brown's absence for one week on his first official visit to sub-Saharan Africa. But nothing that goes on at home can be permitted to distract attention from the...
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Letter: Abbas Will Not Attain Peace until Israel Limits Its Ambitions
Sir: Now that Mahmoud Abbas has inherited the bed of nails previously occupied by Yasser Arafat, what can he achieve that his predecessor could not? In my opinion, very little. The conflict at the heart of the Arabs' dispute with the West cannot be solved...
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Lover Confesses to Mercy Killing That Inspired Film
THE MYSTERY has intrigued Spain for years. Ramon Sampedro, a sailor paralysed in a diving accident as a young man, ended his life seven years ago, after being bedridden for 30 years. The person who supplied him with the lethal cyanide cocktail remained...
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Market Movers
bCairn Energy 1,088p (up 40p, 3.8 per cent). Unveils yet another gas find at its site in Rajasthan, India. bRio Tinto 1,508p (up 19p, 1.3 per cent). JP Morgan upgrades its rating to "overweight" from "neutral" and sets a price target of 1,711p. bWood...
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Morrisons Struggles to Make Sales as Merger Takes Its Toll ; BUSINESS ANALYSIS Retailers Have Another Poor Day as Fresh Evidence Emerges of Downbeat Christmas
WM MORRISON raised fresh fears yesterday that it was struggling to integrate its massive Safeway acquisition when it revealed that underlying sales had barely risen over the Christmas period. The Bradford-based group, which issued its first profit warning...
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`Most Improved' Schools Fail in Core Subjects
NEW RESEARCH casts doubt over whether schools singled out in government exam league tables as the most improved in the country deserve their ranking. A study of the 10 most improved secondary schools in last year's tables shows more than half the pupils...
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No Child under Eight Should Have a Mobile, Says Inquiry
NO CHILD under eight should have a mobile phone, and base masts should be kept away from schools, the chairman of an official inquiry into the safety of mobiles said yesterday. Sir William Stewart, head of the National Radiological Protection Board,...
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No Pain, No Game ; the Latest Electronic Games Test Players' Reflexes to the Limits - Punishing Them with Electric Shocks for Every Mistake. Patrick Alexander Gets a (Cautious) Grip
This device is clearly an evil one. Sitting in the middle of my friend's living room, it looks like a futuristic torture implement. It is, explains Peter, a game called Lightning Reaction. He detaches one of the four curved handsets, which lend the apparatus...
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Obituary: Anthony Bull ; Long-Serving London Transport Executive
ANTHONY BULL rose to be one of the senior figures in London Transport, with a break for service in the Second World War, during which he was one of the transport planners whose work, largely unrecognised, helped to secure Allied victory. The third son...
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Obituary: Guy Davenport ; English Professor `Learned in More Languages Than It's Easy to Count'
FAREWELL TO my one and only kissin' cousin: Guy Mattison Davenport Jnr. Kissin' cousins are a rare invention of the American South. They are allowed to "hug your neck" at family gatherings, and possibly kiss your ear. Not very erotic stuff, but it seems...
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Obituary: Professor Anthony Levi ; French Scholar Who Courted Controversy
ANTHONY LEVI was an early-modern scholar of broad outlook. His family background was in the carpet and textile importation business, but he became at first a priest, and later a scholar of French at the universities of Warwick and St Andrews. Anthony...
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Only the Election Will Put an End to This Feud
Why does Endemol Productions go to so much effort to find contestants for its execrable Celebrity Big Brother, when the show is coming free from that other house of varieties, the House of Commons? The longest-running end-of-the-pier show in politics...
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On the Front Line of the 4x4 War (Also Known as the School Run)
IT'S 8.50AM in a prosperous corner of north London and the weekday routine of the school run is under attack. A man dressed as a lollipop attendant is charging at a Range Rover stationary at a zebra crossing, brandishing his placard at the stony-faced...
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Outlook: Child Trust Funds
GORDON BROWN thought he had called a press conference to discuss details of his child trust fund initiative. Instead he ended up being grilled on entirely different aspects of children and trust - the breakdown of trust between No 10 and No 11 Downing...
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Outlook: Mandelson Wades into Airbus/Boeing Battle
JAW, JAW is better than war, war, they say. And who better to talk the talk in an effort to prevent transatlantic hostilities breaking out over aircraft subsidies than the silver-tongued Peter Mandelson, Europe's new Trade Commissioner? Whether he can...
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Outlook: Wm Morrison
SIR KEN Morrison insists that all is still going exactly to plan with the integration of Safeway into his Wm Morrison supermarkets chain, yet that's not what yesterday's trading statement suggests. Like for like sales growth in the six weeks to 9 January...
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Overseas: Bohemian Rhapsodies ; with a Two-Hour Flight Time to the Capital, the Czech Republic Is Ideal for a Second Home, Says Katy Pownall
Hundreds of thousands of we Brits own, or aspire to own, a property in Spain. For over a generation its Costas have tempted overseas house hunters and this popularity endures even today, but what is it that prevents us looking further afield? For those...
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Pandora
Is Downing Street showing an unhealthy interest in Wales? VTony Blair has weathered much criticism for staying away on holiday when the tsunami struck Asian shores, but at last there is a return to business as usual at Downing Street, with accusations...
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Peacock Warns on Profits after Sales Disappoint at Bonmarche
PEACOCK GROUP yesterday painted sharply different pictures of Christmas trading at the two value clothing chains that it owns. Strong sales growth at its core Peacocks chain was undermined by a dire Christmas for bonmarche, its chain aimed at the over...
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Poor Retail Sales, a Sluggish Housing Market - So Is This the End of the Brown Boom?
Is the Brown economic miracle drawing to its close? The question has the most obvious political implications in the village of Westminster, but of course rather more important implications for the rest of us outside. The portents have not been good....
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Pop: Shooting from the Hip Again ; Velvet Revolver Hammersmith Apollo London Oo999
COMPRISING THREE battle-scarred members of Guns N' Roses and a former Stone Temple Pilot, Velvet Revolver are living relics of the late Eighties - a time when eyeliner, leather trousers and porn- star girlfriends were a prerequisite for any self-respecting...
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Primary School Pupil, Aged 85, Wins Fight to Keep Headteacher
AN 85-YEAR-OLD pupil at a Kenyan primary school, acclaimed as a national hero, has saved the job of his headteacher. Kimani Nganga Maruge made newspaper headlines last year by becoming the country's oldest student after the new government promised free...
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Racing: Sadler's Wells Leads the Way in Tsunami Aid
THE NOTION of worrying about which one of a group of horses can run faster than the others was rather put into perspective by the events in South-East Asia on Boxing Day. But racing has done its bit in the fund- raising stakes and no operation was quicker...
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Ramsay Can Dine out, after His Restaurants Make a Pounds 4m Profit
FOR GORDON Ramsay, 2004 was not just about swearing at C-list celebrities and ranting at inadequate provincial chefs on the television. His Michelin-starred restaurants also did rather well. Ramsay's portfolio of restaurants, which includes his eponymous...
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Regulators Step Up Store Cards Inquiry
BRITAIN'S Competition Commission intensified pressure on retailers and store card providers to lower excessive interest charges, saying they might be guilty of price-fixing. Retailers and credit companies have little incentive to drive down interest...
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Rugby Union: England Give Dawson a Second Bite of the Cherry
MATHEW TAIT, the 18-year-old Newcastle centre who does not know what it is to train for an England international match, let alone play in one, has been included in a 42-man squad from which Andy Robinson, the red rose coach, will select his side for...
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Rugby Union: Top Clubs Threaten Breakaway as Turmoil Grips SRU
SCOTTISH RUGBY is in turmoil with leading clubs threatening to break away from the SRU, senior figures resigning in droves, and a question mark over the future of the chief executive, Phil Anderton, and the technical director, Ian McGeechan. On the pitch...
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