Letters: Britten's boys and censorious hysteria
Sunday, 25 November 2012 21:00

No one in my experience is trying to cover up awkward aspects of Benjamin Britten's life (Comment, 22 November). Indeed 10 years ago the Britten Pears Foundation encouraged me to explore his friendships with boys for my book Britten's Children, and made its whole archive available for the purpose. The eyes of these boys (now middle-aged or elderly...

Catalan separatists 'fall short of majority' in elections
Sunday, 25 November 2012 20:29

CiU may seek alliance with Esquerra party after exit polls in Spain suggest they will win 11 to 14 seats too few

The Catalan president leading the region's most determined bid for independence in decades to have fallen short of a majority in elections which he called to press for a referendum on breaking away from Spain, according to exit polls.


French opposition mediation fails
Sunday, 25 November 2012 20:18
French opposition mediation failsFrancois Fillon (left) and Jean-Francois Cope used to be close

France's ex-PM Alain Juppe has said he had failed to resolve a leadership row within the opposition UMP party.

He said "conditions for a mediation were not met" during talks between the party's rival leaders.

Ex-PM Francois...

Sham directors: the woman running 1,200 companies from a Caribbean rock
Sunday, 25 November 2012 20:00

In name, Sarah Petre-Mears runs a global empire. In reality it is a sham, an offshore network of porn sites and luxury property vehicles linked by PO boxes and letter drops

At the age of 38, Bradford-born Sarah Petre-Mears is running one of the biggest business empires on earth. Or so it would appear.

Official records show her controlling more than...

Vettel takes third F1 world title
Sunday, 25 November 2012 18:24

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel won a third consecutive world drivers' title by three points in the Brazilian GP.

In an incident-packed, rain-affected race, Vettel fought back...

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