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Theresa May has criticised 'the cowardly murder' of James Foley

Theresa May to introduce anti-jihadist powers to tackle 'deadly extremist ideology'

Theresa May believes the struggle will 'last for decades'

Detlef Guenzel during his trial at the court in Dresden, eastern Germany. The trial of the man accused of murdering a willing victim he met on a website for cannibalism fetishists starts in Germany

German policeman denies murdering man he met on cannibalism website

Detlev Guenzel denies murder and his defence lawyer claims the victim killed himself

Forensic archaeologists to use radar in attempt to find body of man killed by IRA

Brendan Megraw was abducted in Belfast 36 years ago

The drone strikes followed reports that civilians were being attacked by insurgents

Iraq crisis: US launches fresh drone strikes

Forces attacked close to village after reports of massacre

The official report into the horsemeat scandal has been delayed

Horsemeat scandal: Defra denies delaying report to avoid embarrassing ministers

'The report will be published shortly' asserts spokeswoman

Cliff Richard on the set of This Morning last November

Cliff Richard: Police defend raid on home and say publicity led to fresh contacts

Police investigating an allegation against Sir Cliff Richard of sexual assault said on Friday that “a number of people” have come forward with information following a search of the singer’s home.

Haider Al-Abadi, the incoming Prime Minister, used to run a company repairing lifts

Haider Al-Abadi: From fixing the BBC’s lifts to running Iraq

The man tasked with unifying Iraq to save it from a takeover by Islamic extremists used to be in charge of repairing lifts at the BBC, it has emerged.

Common eel elvers have enjoyed a resurgence in recent years

Conservationist's claims that European eels are 'critically endangered' challenged by trader

Peter Wood, who owns the Gloucester-based UK Glass Eels, says that since the IUCN designation in 2010, the market has shrunk by 50 per cent
The reductions come as fewer letters and parcels are posted in the UK

Half of post boxes to be emptied once a day as Royal Mail cuts costs

Half of all post boxes are to be emptied just once a day as the Royal Mail seeks to cut costs.

President Obama was speaking ahead of the expected release of a Senate report that criticises the CIA’s treatment of captives

Barack Obama admits: The CIA 'tortured some folks after 9/11'

Barack Obama was speaking ahead of a Senate report that will criticise the CIA

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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own