Ian Birrell

Ian Birrell is a former Deputy Editor of The Independent and co-founder of Africa Express

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Ukip candidate Mark Reckless has a nine-point lead over the Tories for his Kent seat, a new poll shows

Rochester by-election: The Tories are handing victories to Ukip

Attempts to pacify the rabble win them over briefly before they return even more rabid

Since seizing the Labour crown, Miliband has failed to follow the first rule of opposition

Either you define yourself quickly or others do it for you

Health workers in Monrovia, Liberia, recover the body of a suspected Ebola victim

The aid industry endorses human rights abuses, fuels corruption and missed the Ebola crisis

So why does British aid continue to flood in?

A Liberian burial squad carry the body of an Ebola victim in Marshall, Margini county, Liberia

The Ebola outbreak has produced some real heroes – but Western governments are not among them

The UK’s claim to be taking a lead in tackling the crisis does not bear scrutiny

Ukip activists from Scotland

We’re heading for a crisis in 2015 – whoever wins the election

Few ponder the potential implications of multi-party politics crashing against a creaking two-party system

A girl with suspected Ebola is led to an ambulance in Freeman Reserve, Liberia
David Cameron has vowed to 'hunt down' David Haines' killers

Another unspeakable act of barbarism by Isis only deepens the dilemma in the West

Ransoms? Raids? Media black-outs? What should the strategy be?

A man shoots at targets depicting a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a shooting range in the center of the western Ukrainian city of Lviv

Why do we stand by and watch Putin?

It is shameful cowardice to pretend this isn't an invasion. We must act.

Six men charged with attempting to kill Rwanda’s former army chief Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa sit in court in Johannesburg. Four of them were convicted of attempted assassination yesterday

Assassins linked to Kagame regime

Rwandan president is implicated in funding hit squad of four men convicted of trying to kill his exiled army chief in  South Africa. Yet Western countries, including Britain, continue to pander to the murderous despot

Health workers in Zaire, where ebola is feared to have spread, check bodies for signs

When will our politicians realise that Africa has changed? Aid is dead. Trade is the future.

Our politics has been hijacked by celebrity causes when it comes to global development

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Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
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Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
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Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
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Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
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The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
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Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
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The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
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If your 'New Year new you' regime hasn’t lasted beyond February, why not try working out from home?
Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
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From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable