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Leopoldo Lopez surrendered himself to the authorities after they accused him of fomenting street riots that were to lead to 43 deaths

'Honestly, we are really scared for Leopoldo's life': Wife of Venezuela's most potent opposition figure is desperate for his release from jail

Exclusive: Considered a political prisoner by the United Nations, Mr Lopez is being held in isolation

In Venezuela political oppression is rife, with rumours of an imminent coup

Corruption, falling oil prices and talk of a coup: The end of Chavez's socialist dream in Venezuela

Special Report: It is two years since Hugo Chavez's death but to his followers it feels like a lifetime. Venezuela is collapsing amid falling oil prices, rampant corruption, political oppression - and dark rumours of an imminent coup

Bush, left, and Rubio have spent the past several weeks travelling across the US, wooing donors and party activists

Republican presidential nomination: White House bid turns apprentice, Marco Rubio, against master, Jeb Bush

The precocious son of Cuban immigrants may have youth on his side, but his erstwhile mentor is raising more funds for a 2016 run

‘Zombie Cat’ Bart lost his left eye in the drama

Ugly custody battle for Bart the 'zombie' cat that rose from the grave

Battle raging between cat's owner and the local branch of the Humane Society

Boris Johnson in the US: London mayor explains how he would save British politics

London mayor spoke Thursday in Washington DC

American sniper Chris Kyle had over a 100 'kills' to his name

American Sniper Chris Kyle trial: Former Navy Seal had faint pulse as paramedics arrived on scene, says investigator

Mr Kyle and a friend were allegedly killed by ex-US Marine, Eddie Ray Routh, while he 'was in the grip of a psychosis'

It's not 'sweet home Alabama' if you are gay and in love as Chief Justice fights claims that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional

Usborne in the USA: This is not the first time that Justice Moore has placed himself in a long tradition of resistance by southern states to the heavy thumb of Washington

Brian Williams is NBC's nightly news anchor

Brian Williams: NBC anchorman suspended for six months over Iraq War claims

Williams apologised last week for saying he was in a helicopter that was hit by a grenade while covering the conflict in 2003

President Obama vowed to 'bring to justice the terrorists who are responsible for Kayla's captivity and death'

War with Isis: President Barack Obama to seek 'war powers' from Congress to confront militants

Move comes after American hostage Kayla Mueller is confirmed dead

Brian Williams is NBC's nightly news anchor

Brian Williams: British news executive facing credibility crisis over NBC anchorman's lies

Former ITV boss forced to endure fierce criticism over Williams' combat 'record'

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War with Isis: Iraq declares victory in the battle for Tikrit - but militants make make ominous advances in neighbouring Syria's capital

War with Isis

Iraq declares victory in the battle for Tikrit - but militants make make ominous advances in neighbouring Syria
Scientists develop mechanical spring-loaded leg brace to improve walking

A spring in your step?

Scientists develop mechanical leg brace to help take a load off
Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock: How London shaped the director's art and obsessions

Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock

Ackroyd has devoted his literary career to chronicling the capital and its characters. He tells John Walsh why he chose the master of suspense as his latest subject
Ryan Reynolds interview: The actor is branching out with Nazi art-theft drama Woman in Gold

Ryan Reynolds branches out in Woman in Gold

For every box-office smash in Ryan Reynolds' Hollywood career, there's always been a misconceived let-down. It's time for a rethink and a reboot, the actor tells James Mottram
Why Robin Williams safeguarded himself against a morbid trend in advertising

Stars safeguard against morbid advertising

As film-makers and advertisers make increasing posthumous use of celebrities' images, some stars are finding new ways of ensuring that they rest in peace
The UK horticulture industry is facing a skills crisis - but Great Dixter aims to change all that

UK horticulture industry facing skills crisis

Great Dixter manor house in East Sussex is encouraging people to work in the industry by offering three scholarships a year to students, as well as generous placements
Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head

Hack Circus: Technology, art and learning

Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head. Rhodri Marsden meets mistress of ceremonies Leila Johnston
Sevenoaks is split over much-delayed decision on controversial grammar school annexe

Sevenoaks split over grammar school annexe

If Weald of Kent Grammar School is given the go-ahead for an annexe in leafy Sevenoaks, it will be the first selective state school to open in 50 years
10 best compact cameras

A look through the lens: 10 best compact cameras

If your smartphone won’t quite cut it, it’s time to invest in a new portable gadget
Paul Scholes column: Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now

Paul Scholes column

Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now
Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Why Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Manchester United's talented midfielder has played international football for almost 14 years yet, frustratingly, has won only 32 caps, says Sam Wallace
Tracey Neville: The netball coach who is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

Tracey Neville is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

The former player on how she is finding time to coach both Manchester Thunder in the Superleague and England in this year's World Cup
General Election 2015: The masterminds behind the scenes

The masterminds behind the election

How do you get your party leader to embrace a message and then stick to it? By employing these people
Machine Gun America: The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons

Machine Gun America

The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons
The ethics of pet food: Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?

The ethics of pet food

Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?