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Question time: Russell Brand interviewing Ed Miliband on his YouTube show

Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has everyone talking about The Trews

Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd

The Everest south base camp a day after being destroyed by an avalanche which left at least 17 people dead

Nepal earthquake: One man's desperate escape from Everest base camp after disaster

Nick Talbot was sitting in his tent when the tsunami of snow and rock hit. He was lucky to live, unlike his climbing partner just feet away

Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during a campaign visit to Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding in Penzance

General Election 2015: Tories and Lib Dems throw their star names west to grab votes

The heat is on to gather votes in crucial marginal seats

Bright ideas: Volvo’s Life Paint was originally developed in Sweden partly to help farmers find their sheep during short winter days

Volvo's new hi-vis paint helps riders and bikes stand out - but not everyone is happy

Hi-vis clothing doesn't have to be a fluoro yellow thanks to a raft of companies that are making safety gear cool. But as Volvo creates a paint that lights up bikes, critics claim that it's tantamount to victim shaming, reports Simon Usborne
On the money? William Cash, the Ukip candidate for Warwickshire North, decorates his Jaguar before campaigning in Atherstone

General Election 2015: Is William Cash the man to woo Warwickshire North for Ukip?

He lives in a moated manor, is married to a society milliner, runs a magazine for the super-rich, and says you can't get the staff these days. Simon Usborne goes on the campaign trail with William Cash

Katie Hopkins has just written a piece so hateful that it might give Hitler pause – why was it published?

As Hopkins becomes more offensive to stay relevant and in work, it’s not ok for us to sit on our hands

Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

The Global Citizen project aims to encourage young people to donate to charity by combining the power of music, social media and old-fashioned rewards

Red Szell's extraordinary journey to becoming the first blind person to scale the Old Man of Hoy

Losing his sight could have spelt the end of his passion for climbing - but it wasn't

Nicky Clarke interview: The celebrity hairdresser on politicians' dos, the return of the crop, and what he'd advise Prince William

Clarke began working as a hairdesser as a teenager and opened his own salon in 1991, becoming the country’s most well-known hair stylist

Royal flush: (clockwise from top left) Alfred the Great, Richard I, Henry V, Edward I

The medieval kings to remember - and what they tell us about Michael Gove

It's alleged that Michael Gove compiled a list of those English medieval kings that he wanted children to study. But which would have been on it? Simon Usborne picks claimants who might appeal to an opinionated young fogey
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The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'