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 December 18, 2008

A Frightfully English, Seriously Funny Farce
THEATRE SEE HOW THEY RUN Royal Exchange, Manchester **** There's nothing remotely Christmassy about Philip King's wartime farce See How They Run but, as festive fare goes, it's a cracker. It's not just the mistaken identities - though there's plenty...
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Allardyce out to Rescue Rovers and Reputation
After failing spectacularly at Newcastle, Big Sam has been handed the chance to prove himself again. By Sam Wallace When he was given the Newcastle job in May last year Sam Allardyce arrived in the North-east by helicopter, very much the high roller,...
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Asleep at the Wheel?
The scale of Bernard Madoff's alleged fraud has shocked investors, who are already demanding to know how US regulators could have let it happen. Stephen Foley reports 'Madoff Securities is the world's largest Ponzi Scheme." This was the conclusion of...
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As the World Sees It
Shoe thrown at BushASHARQ AL-AWSATIf the Iraqi man who threw his shoes at George Bush on Sunday was just an ordinary citizen who took such action on one of Baghdad's streets, then perhaps it could be argued that he simply has no decency. But for a television...
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BAA Loses Fight to Keep Gatwick and Stansted
London airports will be sold along with Edinburgh BAA, THE airports operator, has failed to persuade the Competition Commission that it should be allowed to hang on to Stansted and Edinburgh, as well as Glasgow and Heathrow.The Competition Commission...
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Barry, the Student Who Would Be President
When a young student calling himself Barry Obama showed up at a small university in Los Angeles in 1980, he had one thing on his mind - meeting girls.The keen basketball player, body surfer and party animal from his carefree schoolboy days in Hawaii...
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Blackburn Turn to Allardyce after Souness Talks Collapse
Manager faces 'mammoth' first challenge Blackburn Rovers will today present Sam Allardyce as their new manager after talks broke down with Graeme Souness over his return to Ewood Park. Allardyce, who has signed a three-year contract, will meet the players...
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Cabbage-Patch Revolutionaries?
The villagers of Tarnac were charmed by the self-sufficient students who set up a commune in their midst. Little did they realise that their new neighbours were anarchists bent on overthrowing capitalism. Or so the police claimed. So what is the truth...
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Cardinal Avery Dulles
Jesuit priest and theologian Catholic theologian Avery Dulles' appointment as cardinal in 2001 was typical of Pope John Paul II: it was a wildcard choice. Dulles did not toil in the Vatican bureaucracy, nor was he the head of a major archdiocese in a...
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Crackers at Christmas OR A JOY FOR THE WORLD?
An exhausting trip to Japan at a crucial time of the season is not ideal but, as Jonathan Wilson reports, the World Club Cup is about spreading the word Paul Scholes is never knowingly enthusiastic about anything (with the possible exception of Oldham...
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Credit Crisis Diary
A housebuilder who is still smilingGood to see that Taylor Wimpey boss Pete Redfern has at least managed to keep his sense of humour as he attempts to restructure the company's debts in the face of the worst housing downturn for 20 years. An internal...
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Dance
THE NUTCRACKER Royal Opera House, London **** I love the realness of the party scene in the Royal Ballet's Nutcracker. Prettily dressed in period costume, the children are wonderfully natural and unaffected. They react individually: scared and thrilled...
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Demand for Inquiry as Britain Exits Iraq
POLITICIANS FROM across the political divide will today demand an inquiry into the cost, causes and conduct of Britain's operations in Iraq as Gordon Brown returns home after announcing the final withdrawal of troops from the country by July.Opposition...
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ECB Believes Stanford Series Secure
English cricket officials remained confident last night that their lucrative liaison with Sir Allen Stanford will continue. A report that the Texan billionaire was about to end his bizarre involvement with the sport was given no credence by the man himself...
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Ellis Banned for Spear Tackle
RUGBY UNION THE England scrum-half Harry Ellis was yesterday banned for one match by his club for making what appeared to be a spear tackle on the Perpignan fly-half Dan Carter in last weekend's Heineken Cup match in France.Ellis was found guilty at...
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Football Fan Can Be Freed, Judges Rule
High Court decision opens way for resolution of 'miscarriage of justice' JACK STRAW is under pressure to quash the 10-year prison sentence handed to Michael Shields, a Liverpool football fan, after a High Court ruling found the Justice Secretary does...
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French Shock at Michelin Guide's First Foreign Chief
Not only German, she's first woman to get top job The world of gastronomy was in shock yesterday following the surprise announcement by the board of Guide Michelin France that a 38-year-old German woman has been chosen to run the culinary bible for the...
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Governments Have Used Up Their Economic Ammunition
WE ARE now in the third phase of the Great Economic Crisis of 2008. The first phase was the credit crunch, when the banks and their nefarious practices brought the the worlds's financial system to a shuddering halt. The second was when that impacted...
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Heaven Knows I'm Happy Now
Top of the Pops is back this Christmas - two years after it was scrapped. Fiona Sturges welcomes the return of the show that changed her life The year was 1984. It was a damp Thursday night, and I was a moody 11-year-old marooned on the sofa in a dark...
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HSBC Leads Banks in Downward Spiral
Market Report The banking sector lagged behind as weak sentiment sent leading stocks to the bottom of the Footsie last night.Persistent speculation about a possible capital raising at HSBC, a "sell" note on Lloyds TSB and a fresh wave of grim economic...
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'Imaginative Companies' Try to Keep Skilled Staff
Analysis INCREASING numbers of companies are imposing pay freezes, deferring wage settlements, offering part-paid "sabbaticals" and even cutting pay in an attempt to preserve skilled workforces as they try their best to survive.The Engineering Employers...
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Is Offering Immunity from Prosecution the Only Way to Solve Some Crimes?
The big question Why are we asking this now?Police investigating the murder of 11-year-old Rhys Jones in Liverpool encountered a wall of silence. For months, the investigation stalled as officers tried to persuade people to come forward to say what they...
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Is There Life after Steve?
He shaped the company in his own image, turning it into the world's most influential consumer brand. But now rumours of ill- health and uncertainty over the succession have sent Apple's stock tumbling. David Usborne reports Imagine fans showing up for...
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I Was Forced to Marry, Says Kidnapped Doctor Says
Humayra Abedin, the NHS doctor who was kidnapped by her parents in Bangladesh, was forced to marry against her will during her four months in captivity, she confirmed yesterday.The 33-year-old doctor, who flew back to Britain this week after a court...
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LA Notebook
Did the Earth move for you, darling?EVEN IN THE most unctuous Hollywood circles, few would disagree that Keanu Reeves is a bad actor. Bad acting has become his trademark: something he embodies in the way that, say, Howard Hughes embodies reclusiveness,...
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League to Adopt Domestic Quotas
Football League clubs will today pave the way for one of the most radical innovations of recent years when they vote whether to introduce quotas for home-grown players in the three divisions beneath the Premier League.The far-reaching move, expected...
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Lower Tevez Bill Clears Way to West Ham Sale
Sheffield United unlikely to receive more than Pounds 10m from relegation dispute The West Ham United owner, Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson, is to push ahead with the sale of the club next year after being advised that the compensation to be paid to Sheffield...
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Mafia Boss Kills Himself after Arrest
Lo Presti feared revenge attacks after his indiscretions led police to swoop on Mob A SUSPECTED mafia leader whose indiscretions on the telephone prompted Italian police to launch one of its biggest operations against organised crime in Sicily hanged...
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McIlroy Seeks Dream Ticket to the Masters
GOLF Teenager can cap amazing first year as a professional by clinching spot at Augusta The maths may be complicated but the challenge is ever so simple for Rory McIlroy as he sets out in the heart of the Cape Winelands today trying to become one of...
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Medical Myths That Come with a Health Warning
So you know how to keep warm? Think again. Jeremy Laurance reveals research that sets the record straight Sugar makes kids hyperactiveMany parents have seen the gleam in their child's eye after a can of cola. But Drs Vreeman and Carroll, paediatricians...
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Minister's Aide Quits over Royal Mail Sale
Mandelson faces internal revolt as parliamentary secretary quits in protest Labour opposition to the part-privatisation of the Royal Mail is growing, with half of the party's MPs said to be against the sale and tensions emerging in Cabinet over the...
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MPC Minutes Reveal Fears over Sterling Slowed Interest Rate Cuts
Sterling slumped to yet another fresh low against the euro yesterday, against a background of further bleak news on the economy and more evidence of the determination of the Bank of England to follow the US Federal Reserve and cut interest rates to close...
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Mr Clegg Makes His Mark
LEADING ARTICLE NICK CLEGG celebrates his first anniversary as leader of the Liberal Democrats today - and he does have cause for celebration, however muted. After a closely-fought leadership contest, Mr Clegg has established himself, unchallenged, at...
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Murder That Horrified US Solved after 27 Years
Police name paedophile as only suspect in killing of six-year- old that launched TV's America's Most Wanted The family of Adam Walsh, the "little boy in the baseball cap" whose murder inspired the TV show America's Most Wanted, have finally found out...
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'My Delia Dish Was Ruined and There Was Only One Explanation - Sabotage'
Home And Away The excellent Angela Hartnett featured in these pages yesterday, answering Christmas cooking questions, but I noticed that in advising readers how to cook a goose, she did not recommend turning the oven on as the best way of inaugurating...
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'My Trip around the World in 68 Michelin-Rated Restaurants'
The pinnacle of restaurant cooking is to gain three coveted Michelin stars. In 2008 there were 68 restaurants in the world given this accolade by the famous inspectors, and, just for fun, I recently completed eating in all of those establishments. This...
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Nina Foch
Oscar-nominated actress with a long career in film and TV who later taught her trade with distinction An actress who later became a distinguished drama teacher, Nina Foch will be remembered for her starring role in one of the finest B- movies of the...
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Nobody Threw Shoes at Brown - but His Guilt Is Still Undeniable
At least this time there was no ballistic footwear. The last time Gordon Brown made a surprise visit to Iraq to announce troop withdrawals, he was whacked so hard on the head by the giant DM attached to his own left leg - and if nothing else, you had...
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No One Had the Courage to Throw a Shoe at Harriet
Sketch The question dominating PMQs was simple. Would anyone throw their shoes at Harriet Harman? As it turned out, none of us had the courage of that Iraqi journalist. We have lost much in this country, but I dare say there is much yet to lose.So, the...
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Oil Volatility Splinters Wood's Confidence
Investment Column Our view: Cautious holdShare price: 198.8p (-1.2p)When oil prices are high, Wood Group, the oil and gas services and engineering company, benefits as producers try to suck up as much of the black stuff as possible - so it must be delighted...
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One Young Man's Encounter with a Citizen on the Verge of Genius
The Thursday Book ME AND ORSON WELLES By Robert Kaplow VINTAGE, Pounds 7.99 Order (free p&p) on 0870 079 8897 SUSIE BOYT Me and Orson Welles is an enchanting coming-of-age story set in 1930s Manhattan, on Broadway to be exact. Its hero, 17-year-old New...
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OPEC Cuts Production to Shore Up Falling Oil Prices
'Stabilisation' strategy will see cartel reduce supply by 2.2 million barrels a day The cartel of the world's biggest oil-producing countries slashed production by more than expected yesterday in an attempt to shore up prices hammered by the global...
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Our Troops Had Few Friends in Basra
Analysis Britain's long campaign in Iraq achieved almost nothing. The 46,000 UK troops who took part in the initial invasion in 2003 helped to overthrow Saddam Hussein - but this would have happened even if they had stayed at home.The decisive moment...
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Pandas Prepare for Return to Britain after 16 Years
Edinburgh Zoo hopes to be first to host the animals in this country since 1994 as Prime Minister backs deal Not content with saving the world's banking system, Gordon Brown yesterday turned his attention to giant pandas.He gave his backing to attempts...
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Pietersen Rallies England in Wake of 'Freak' Show
Captain seeks to lift his demoralised side ahead of tomorrow's second Test WHAT DOES a fighter do when his best punch hits an opponent flush on the chin and it only breaks a whisker? That is the quandary facing England as they prepare for tomorrow's...
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Pop
WILL YOUNG Roundhouse, London **** Last weekend, in a dramatic show filled with tears and self- importance, Alexandra Burke was crowned winner of The X Factor. On the other side of London town, the original TV talent show graduate Will Young was enjoying...
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Professor Dennis Green
Cambridge scholar at the forefront of German medieval studies in Britain and abroad The distinguished German scholar Dennis Green was a Cambridge institution for more than half a century and an internationally recognised figure in the field of medieval...
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Radical Action Is Needed in This Economic Emergency
LEADING ARTICLE Paralysing deflation, not inflation, is the immediate threat They cannot go any lower. The United States Federal Reserve has reduced its funds rate to between 0 and 0.25 per cent in a desperate effort to stimulate economic activity in...
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Recreated: The Exhibition That Broke William Blake
WHEN WILLIAM Blake began orchestrating his first solo exhibition in London in March 1809, showcasing what he thought were his most important works of art, he hoped the world would instantly hail him as a British Raphael or Michelangelo.But it was a career...
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Revealed: Why Evra Was Blamed for Pitch Battle
FOOTBALL FA accuses Manchester United staff of giving 'unreliable' evidence FA labels United version 'exaggerated' Manchester United officials were yesterday humiliated by a Football Association report that described them as "inconsistent" and "exaggerated"...
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Revealed: Why Evra Was Blamed for Pitch Battle
FOOTBALL FA accuses Manchester United staff of giving 'unreliable' evidence FA labels United version 'exaggerated' Manchester United officials were yesterday humiliated by a Football Association report that described them as "inconsistent" and "exaggerated"...
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Romance and the Stone
Last Night's Television THE PERFECT HOUSE: THE LIFE AND WORK OF PALLADIO BBC4 WILLIE'S PERFECT CHOCOLATE CHRISTMAS CHANNEL 4 It's an inexorable law of art appreciation that vague rhapsody will drive out sturdy practical fact. Take Palladio, for example,...
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Ronaldo 'Will Join Real in Summer' Says Spanish Press
Deal already agreed for winger to leave Old Trafford, according to Madrid director MANCHESTER UNITED have agreed to sell Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid at the end of the season, according to reports yesterday in the respected Spanish newspaper El...
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Secretary Who Stood by Clinton Signs Up for the Obama Team
Betty Currie handles calls for man in charge of transition Betty Currie, the loyal church-going secretary to former president Bill Clinton, who worked weekends just to sneak Monica Lewinsky into the Oval Office, is once again guarding the door of presidential...
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Snow and Ice Lies Round about, Deep and Crisp and Even
Outlook If you think the last three months were bad, just wait for the next three. Everyone I speak to in business and banking anticipates an appalling start to next year, with consumer spending expected to plunge into the abyss and mass lay-offs across...
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Suitably Presidential
Political pundits may be speculating about Obama's first moves as president, but the style council are getting hot under the collar about his choice of outfit for the Inauguration Ball on 20 January.Mr President-elect has already revealed he'll be wearing...
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Test of Nerve to Come for Eduardo
Arsene Wenger feels the biggest test for Eduardo will be overcoming the "psychological hurdle" as he fights towards a first- team comeback after almost a year out with a broken leg. Eduardo featured for the reserves in Tuesday night's 2-0 win over Portsmouth,...
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The Decline of Men, or Just a Spot of Man Flu?
You know the drill: you wake up in the middle of the night to find an empty space in the bed next to you, long cold. On rising to investigate, you discover the living room door is closed and odd grunts can be heard from within. You open the door to see...
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The Leader Who's Learning How to Be Taken Seriously
After his first year in charge of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg has built morale among his MPs, despite volatilepoll ratings and the occasional jibe in the Commons. Ben Russell reports FOR NICK CLEGG, the howls of laughter that greeted a recent Commons...
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'There Was Someone Else in the House - or Something Else.'
My life in a column I've been up since six o'clock this morning and my day started reasonably optimistically. Not me - I didn't start off optimistic, but the early components of my day had very nice, comforting qualities. I like the darkness in the mornings,...
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The Scientific Face Behind Terror
WHY ARE we so surprised to find that the two men hell-bent on killing themselves and as many innocent bystanders as they could in London and Glasgow airport last summer - Bilal Abdulla, sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday, and Kafeel Ahmed, who...
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The Ten Best Nutcrackers
Alessi A simple, ergonomic design in polished stainless steel, combined with three grip sizes, makes this a nutcracker to be reckoned with. Alessi's products feature in the most stylish of kitchens, and naturally have a price-tag to match.Price: 34.30www.alessi.co.ukAmazonA...
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This First-World Economic Crisis Will Hurt the Developing World
Podium I GREATLY APPRECIATE the invitation extended to us to take part in this Mercosur [Southern Common Market] Summit. Let me convey the special greetings of comrade Fidel Castro, who accompanied you during the 2006 summit in Argentina. On behalf of...
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Unemployment Rockets towards Three Million
Jobless total rising at fastest rate since 1991 Value of pound falls as confidence plummets Unemployment is rising at its fastest rate in almost two decades, and could climb as high as three million by 2010. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported...
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We Wish You a Tasty Christmas
Still not done all your Christmas shopping? Then head for the kitchen. Simon Usborne learns how to cook up some edible gifts If the way to your man's heart is through his stomach (the same naturally applies to your woman, your godmother, and your nephew's...
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What Did We Misjudge in 2008?
Can we declare 2008 over a couple of weeks early, before even more of the world economy collapses? If we hit the fast-forward button, maybe we can skip the plague of locusts, the slaying of the first-born, and the rain of frogs. But before we mumble...
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Without Fanfare or Much Thanks, Britain Departs
Troops out of Iraq by July 2009, says Prime Minister Withdrawal announced during visit to troops in Basra Five years and 10 months after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Gordon Brown yesterday announced a date for Britain's final disengagement from the most...
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Women Find Their Voice on a Quest for Justice
They are among the most vulnerable of Bangladesh's marginalised people. Andrew Buncombe meets disabled rape victims seeking protection in the law If you could see their faces you would weep. If you could see how young and frightened they look as they...
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Woods Attempts to Defuse Mickelson Row
GOLF World No 1 tries to play down caddie's insult and says 'it's over and done with' Over the years Tiger Woods has become particularly adept at laying things to rest - rivals and records mainly - but last night he attempted to put to sleep a controversy...
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Woolworths to Close All Stores by 5 January
230,000 staff face redundancy as retailer fails to find a buyer Woolworths is to close all its 807 stores by 5 January, raising fears that nearly 30,000 staff could lose their jobs at the 99-year- old retailer.Deloitte, Woolworths' administrator, said...
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Zaynar Leaps in Triumph Market
RACING ZAYNAR, part-owned by the bookmaker Victor Chandler, proved a fine advertisement for the accuracy of the betting market's intelligence system with an emphatic victory at Newbury yesterday which propelled the grey clear of his rivals to favouritism...
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