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Despite condemning same-sex unions as “not what nature intended” Raymond Bardet, mayor of the south-eastern town of Ville-la-Grand said he didn’t think twice about performing the wedding ceremony for his son

French mayor Raymond Bardet who opposes same-sex marriage officiates his son's gay wedding

Bardet insists he is still a staunch opponent of same-sex marriage

Jerzy Dyczynsk (R) and Angela Rudhart-Dyczynski from Australia react as they arrive on July 26, 2014 at the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 to look for their late daughter Fatima

MH17 crash: Parents of victim Fatima Dyczynski arrive at Ukraine site to search for their daughter

Parents still hold hope their daughter could be alive

The new lobby entrance to the Hotel Majestic

Hotel Majestic: the renaissance of the mythical Paris landmark where Proust met Joyce and history was made

It’s where Proust met Joyce and Kissinger ended the Vietnam War. John Lichfield reports on a £350m facelift to restore the city landmark

Palestinians flee from Israeli air strikes in Gaza City yesterday

Israel-Gaza conflict: 'Eight hundred dead Palestinians. But Israel has impunity'

There’s something very odd about our reactions to these two outrageous death tolls

Putin likes to dress in conservative suits. His life is planned years ahead and parcelled up into 15-minute meetings in gilded rooms

A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth

The perfectly controlled environment Russia’s leader inhabits, his rigid routines, the ceremonialisation of all contact and lack of any spontaneity are like a prison in which he is isolated

Magaluf bar ordered to pay 55,000 euro fine and close doors for a year

The "Magaluf girl" video made headlines earlier this month after footage emerged of a young British woman performing a sex act on 24 men

The wreckage of the the MD-83 aircraft was located by a column of French troops in Mali

Missing Air Algerie flight found in the Sahara desert with no survivors

The wreckage of the the MD-83 aircraft was located by a column of French  troops in northern Mali yesterday

'Magaluf girl' bar ordered to pay €55,000 fine following 'mamading' video investigation

The bar where an 18-year old was filmed performing a sex act on multiple men will have to close its doors for a year

Ukraine’s President, Petro Poroshenko has said the resignation of Mr Yatseniuk will not affect the military operation underway in the east of the country to defeat pro-Russian rebels

Ukraine crisis: President Poroshenko says resignation of Prime Minister will not affect military operation to defeat pro-Russian rebels

As emergency workers were collecting the remains of the 296 people killed in the MH17 crash, operations against the rebels have continued

A man cycles past a piece of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Petropavlivka, Ukraine

MH17 crash: Investigators discover more human remains and 'huge section of plane'

OSCE monitors say investigators have made significant finds a week after the crash

MH17 crash: Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta prints front-page asking Netherlands for 'forgiveness'

The independent newspaper has paid tribute to the 193 Dutch victims

French President Francois Hollande speaks to the press at the Elysee Palace in Paris on July 25, 2014, a day after an Air Algerie plane with 116 passengers on board, including 51 French nationals, crashed in Mali, near the Burkina Faso border.

Air Algerie plane crash: François Hollande confirms ‘no survivors’ as black box is recovered from AH5017

The MD-83 aircraft crashed in Mali with 116 people on board

MH17 crash victim Cameron Dalziel 'had credit cards stolen'

Ukraine's National Security Council claims victims of the crash have had their personal belongings looted from the crash site

Vladimir Putin pictured dining alone

MH17: Dutch mayor says Russian President Vladimir Putin's daughter should be deported

He made the comments before the bodies of the Dutch people who died onboard the aircraft returned home

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk addresses the parliament in Kiev, Ukraine

Ukraine crisis: PM Arseny Yatseniuk resigns over his country's precarious energy situation

Parliament has blocked legislation to allow a liberalisation of control over Ukraine's gas pipeline system

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The immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert
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Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Parisian couturier Pierre Balmain made his name dressing the mid-century jet set. Today, Olivier Rousteing – heir to the house Pierre built – is celebrating their 21st-century equivalents. The result? Nothing short of Balmania
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Tovey went from cooking for the Queen to rifling through bins for his supper. His is a startling story of endurance against the odds – and of a social safety net failing at every turn
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Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
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Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
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Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

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Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

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