Anne Penketh

Anne Penketh is a freelance journalist and columnist based in Paris. She was posted to Moscow, Paris and New York for AFP news agency before joining The Independent, where she was Diplomatic Editor until 2009.

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Protesters scatter during clashes with police near Tahrir Square

A revolution betrayed? Two years after Mubarak, Tahrir Square rises again

Protesters clash with police across Egypt, calling for end to Morsi’s Islamist government

Tahrir Square, Cairo, January 2011

Whatever happened to Egypt's spring?

It is two years to the day since the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak began. But far from heralding a bright new dawn, for many things are worse than ever

Mehdi Hashemi Rafsanjani (right), son of former Iran's president Akbar (left) was released on £5m bail

Son's release puts Iran's last founding father back in the big time

The release from jail of a son of Iran's conservative former President, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, has sparked a new round of speculation about the veteran politician's future.

Valérie Trierweiler with her partner, François Hollande

France's 'first girlfriend' says role is like jumping with no parachute

Valérie Trierweiler, the partner of French President François Hollande, today described her difficulties in adjusting to a new role as France's "first girlfriend", saying that it was like doing a parachute jump "without a parachute".

President Hollande has insisted on one particular brand to be used at all Cabinet meetings

France’s bottled waters do battle for place at top table

One brand has been given a helping hand by President François Hollande

A North Korean military band in Pyongyang celebrates the successful launch of the long-range rocket yesterday

How to halt North Korea's rocket launches? Ban imports of cognac

World Focus: Latest missile test shows Communist state will not be easily controlled

European leaders and dignitaries sit in the City Hall in Oslo

Mother Teresa. Lech Walesa. Desmond Tutu. Mikhail Gorbachev. Herman van Rompuy...? Europe wins the Nobel Peace Prize

The EU was awarded the prize for its role in transforming a European 'continent of war' into a 'continent of peace'

François Hollande’s aides said his letter was a ‘personal testimony’ as a private citizen in the case concerning his girlfriend Valérie Trierweiler

Hollande accused of interfering with partner's defamation case

French President's letter defending Valerie Trierweiler in 'love triangle' law suit sparks fury

Split Congress leaves US still on edge of 'fiscal cliff'

So the Republicans retained their majority in the House of Representatives and the Democrats kept control of the Senate – a recipe for continued gridlock in Congress as the country is threatened with tumbling off a "fiscal cliff". Yesterday, jittery world markets reacted accordingly and stocks plunged.

A glimpse of the old magic but a hard road lies ahead

For a few minutes early yesterday, Barack Obama implored Americans to ignore the fact that half of the country had voted for his opponent, and it worked. "Tonight you voted for action, not politics as usual," the President told supporters in Chicago, in an appeal for bipartisanship that recalled the early days of his first term. He soon discovered, in 2009, that hatred for the country's first black President among some Republicans was so deep-seated that their leaders would block him every step of the way.

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In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
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Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
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Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

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Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
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How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
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A shot in the dark

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New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
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