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Xander van der Burgt, at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

In the past decade the scientist has found 25 new large tree species – and he's sure there are more out there
Gerry Adams had planned to meet with Hamas leaders in Gaza

Gerry Adams barred from entering Gaza Strip

The Sinn Fein leader had planned to meet with Hamas leaders in Gaza

Ian Griffin leaves Paris' Criminal Court, Paris

Kinga Legg murder: Ian Griffin guilty of beating millionaire girlfriend to death

Ms Legg, a millionairess who made a fortune running a business supplying tomatoes to supermarkets, was found dead in a hotel suite bathtub

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama met Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace back in 2011

Prince William to meet Obama in the Oval Office on American trip

The meeting will take place on during three-day trip to the US

Tony Blair wants the 'gene pool of our politicians to be varied, vibrant and vigorous'

Tony Blair tells wannabe MPs to 'get a real job' before entering politics

The former PM also criticised MPs’ pay as too low

An investigation has revealed the existence of 50,000 ‘ghost soldiers’ in the Iraqi army, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said

Iraqi army revealed to have 50,000 'ghost soldiers' on its roll

Ghost employees are a well-known form of corruption in Iraq

Team-mates, friends and relatives gather to remember Diren Dede at his football club, SC Teutonia 1910, in Hamburg

Man faces murder trial after shooting 17-year-old exchange student in garage

Defendant is accused of deliberately luring the teenager into the garage

Mickey Rourke celebrates his victory against opponent Elliot Seymour

Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke beats opponent 33 years his junior in exhibition boxing match

In his first fight in 20 years he defeated fellow American Elliot Seymour, 29, in the second round when the referee stopped the fight

A report from the government’s Chief Scientific Adviser warns fears fracking could prove to be another innovation that takes society in the wrong direction

Could fracking follow thalidomide, tobacco and asbestos among innovations that turned sour?

Innovations such as hydraulic fracturing (commonly known as ‘fracking’) arguably offer “a contemporary prospective example” of an advance that, like those from history involving asbestos and thalidomide, has the potential to have adverse future consequences, according to Andy Stirling from Sussex university’s Science Policy Research Unit.

Gordon and Tana Ramsay arrive at the High Court, London

Gordon Ramsay: I was a performing monkey while father-in-law had a cushy office job

TV chef gives evidence against his father-in-law

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness