A flying object is seen on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, in this 1981 photograph. The “truth” may still be “out there”, as fans of The X-Files will argue, but the British military authorities are no longer looking for it. Photograph: Reuters

The last of the British government’s UFO files have been released.The “truth” may still be “out there”, as fans of The X-Files will argue, but the Bri(...)

Nelson Mandela and his then wife Winnie saluting well-wishers as he leaves Victor Verster prison, February 11th, 1990. Mandela spent 27 years incarcerated as a political prisoner of South Africa’s apartheid regime. Photograph: Ulli Michel/Reuters
Nelson Mandela - a timeline

July 18th, 1918 - Born Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela near Qunu, in Transkei (now Eastern Cape), the youngest son of a counsellor to the chief of his Th(...)

Former president George Bush: “I’m comfortable with what I did,” he said. “I’m comfortable with who I am.” Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Former US president George W Bush, one of the most controversial presidents of the modern age, has said he is comfortable with(...)

A Union flag flies at half mast over the Houses of Parliament, and next to the Big Ben clock tower, after the announcement of Margaret Thatcher’s death. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

In the first World War, the chimes of Big Ben were silenced for two years lest they give guidance i(...)

Tessa Phillips, who worked at the Finchley Conservative office between 1977 and 2009, signs a book of condolence at the party headquarters in Finchley yesterday. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Operation True Blue got under way yesterday as a special British cabinet office committee was set up to co-ordinate the log(...)

A man signs a book of condolence for former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in a museum in Grantham, central England. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Late former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher will receive a funeral just one step short of a full state ceremony on April 17th, the Bri(...)

Homeopathy and healthcare

Sir, – Ronnie Plant (aptly named ) feels that reaching the age of 85 using homeopathic medicines vindicates his therapy. Winston Churchill live(...)

British prime minister David Cameron has today urged his Conservative Party's grassroots “not to shy away from the fight” as the party struggle(...)

The voice of a post-war generation: director Ken Loach. Photograph: Tullio M Puglia/Getty Images

Ken Loach has made an excellent documentary about the changes wrought in the aftermath of the 1945 British general election. As everyone used t(...)

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