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British government praises Cuba for its work fighting Ebola

The United States continues to impose a trade embargo on the island

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Britain to repay £2bn First World War debt

The Treasury is set to repay a first £218m tranche of the money in February

David Cameron said it would be “lovely” if they could “forever” stay at the emergency low

David Cameron says it would be 'lovely' if interest rates could remain at current low level

Homeowners have found their mortgage repayments lower and more affordable, but pensioners have seen their savings dip in value

The statistics reveal that 235 prisoners died in the 12 months to the end of September 2014

Record number of prison deaths ‘due to cuts and overcrowding’

Charity says ‘lethal cocktail’ has led to sharp hike in suicides, assaults on staff and violence

A Home Office report concludes that tough penalties do not cut drug abuse

'Reform Britain's drug laws now', MPs tell David Cameron

Cross-party alliance in Commons calls for urgent action after landmark Home Office report

Critics of Fiona Woolf say she should step down amid accusations of an establishment cover-up

Head of child abuse inquiry Fiona Woolf under fresh pressure to resign

The head of the Government’s child abuse inquiry was under new pressure to quit tonight, after being accused of playing down her links with Lord Brittan in a letter disclosing their contacts – which was re-drafted seven times with the help of the Home Office.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: An easy ride in Runcorn - just what David Cameron needed

Normally when the Prime Minister descends on a workplace, production grinds to a halt. O2, whose huge call centre outside Runcorn was the venue for today’s “Cameron Direct”, is made of sterner stuff.

There is a remarkable show of unity among MPs on tackling drugs

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years

David Cameron says he felt a “moral duty” to cut taxes after next year’s general election

Labour calls for inquiry into Tory tax plans

Labour calls for statistics watchdog investigation

A petition calling for Natalie Bennett, the leader of the Green Party, to be included has been signed by nearly 200,000 people

Green Party considering legal action against BBC after being left out of election debates

YouGov poll puts party ahead of Lib Dems

Councils to appoint 'best practice' social workers to oversee care

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan announces new measure

Nigel Farage challenges 'liberally biased' comedians to 'call him a narcissist', then asks 'Am I a modern Hitler or a modern Churchill?'

Ukip leader defends Andrew Lawrence’s criticism of BBC panel shows and has another dig at Frankie Boyle

UK government criticised over 'barbaric' plans to stop rescuing drowning African migrants

An MP has defended the Home Office's plans to stop saving refugees and migrants from drowning while they cross the treacherous Mediterranean Sea to Europe, insisting the "emergency measures should be stopped at the earliest opportunity".

Labour facing complete political annihilation in Scotland as poll reveals party could win as few as four seats

An Ipsos Mori survey found Labour in Scotland is currently polling at just 23 per cent

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The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
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A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

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Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

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Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
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Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

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A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
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Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes