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The 'Confederation Paysanne' (Farmers Confederation) union demonstrate with a flock of sheep outside the Louvre museum on March 28, 2014, in Paris

Sheep storm Le Louvre in Paris protest against EU farming policy

Sheep stormed the famous le Louvre museum in a bizarre protest over agricultural laws.

Pope Francis greets the crowds earlier this month

Pope Francis 'stuns' congregation by confessing to an 'ordinary' priest

Nation reels in shock as Pope tries to convince the world he is a 'normal person'

A Russian army MI-35 military helicopter patrols the area as Ukrainian servicemen guard a checkpoint near the village of Strelkovo in Kherson region adjacent to Crimea

French trade minister Nicole Bricq apologises for 'disgusting' state dinner remark

French minister eats some humble pie after calling state dinner 'disgusting'

Angelina Jolie appeared sombre as she listened to victims in the town of Srebrenica

Angelina Jolie moved to tears during Bosnia visit to campaign against war rape

The actress heard victims' stories ahead of a global conference in London in June, which she will co-host alongside Foreign Secretary William Hague

Ukraine crisis: Russia threatened countries ahead of UN vote on Crimea’s referendum, diplomats claim

Several countries were threatened with retaliation by Russia if they voted against Moscow in a United Nations General Assembly resolution, diplomats have revealed.

Caped crusaders: What really goes on at the Knights of Malta's secretive headquarters?

The ancient religious order is at the centre of every conspiracy theory going. Evgeny Lebedev is invited into their headquarters in Rome

Tourists walk around St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City

Italy's bishops pass Vatican-backed rule that child molestation does not have to be reported

The rule was passed at a conference on Friday

A Russian army MI-35 military helicopter patrols the area as Ukrainian servicemen guard a checkpoint near the village of Strelkovo in Kherson region adjacent to Crimea

Ukraine crisis: Putin calls Obama to discuss situation as Russia positions 40,000 troops along border

Obama urges Putin to 'de-escalate the situation'

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is going to be selling off 78 vehicles, including 40 BMW 5 Series

Italy’s new Prime Minister Matteo Renzi puts 170 state cars including Jags and Maseratis on eBay in economy drive

The Interior Ministry is hoping to flog 78 vehicles, including 40 BMW 5 Series

The National Front president Marine Le Pen and David Rachline, the party’s candidate for tomorrow’s mayoral elections in Fréjus, at a campaign meeting earlier this month

A far-right revolution as regional France opens its doors to a reconstructed National Front

The party set to take half a dozen towns in Sunday’s elections. John Lichfield reports from one - the pretty, hilltop Fréjus

US President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels

Ukraine crisis: Obama warns Russia 'must pull back troops' from the Ukraine border

Ousted President Viktor Yanukovych calls for a nationwide referendum on Ukraine's status

The extent of Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst's spending is an embarrassment for the Vatican, which has been urging Church leaders to lead more modest lives

'Bishop of bling' spent £176,000 on an ornamental fish tank

Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst stepped down on the same day that a report was published detailing his extravagances

Do it for Denmark: Competition calls for Danes to have more sex to 'tackle declining birth rates'

Travel agency offers three years' free baby supplies for couples who can prove they conceived on holiday

Yulia Tymoshenko (seated) at a press conference in Kiev yesterday, when she confirmed that she will run for president in Ukraine’s elections on 25 May

Ukraine crisis: As Yulia Tymoshenko stands for president, angry young men vow vengeance for the killing of far-right leader Sashko Bily

A Facebook campaign urges no sex with Russian men. Kim Sengupta reports from Kiev on the fierce patriotism of an uncertain country

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Ken Loach (left) and Mike Leigh who will be going head to head for one of cinema's most coveted prizes at this year's Cannes Film Festival
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How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe

Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC
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British Muslims's Happy video attacked as 'sinful'

The four-minute clip by Honesty Policy has had more than 300,000 hits on YouTube
Church of England-raised Michael Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith

Michael Williams: Do as I do, not as I pray

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A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife
Comedian Jenny Collier: 'Sexism I experienced on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

Jenny Collier: 'Sexism on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

The comedian's appearance at a show on the eve of International Women's Day was cancelled because they had "too many women" on the bill
Cannes Film Festival: Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or

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Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or
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The concept album makes surprise top ten return

Neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson is unexpected success
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Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

As the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work
Mad Men series 7, TV review: The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge

Mad Men returns for a final fling

The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge
Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit
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Is sexual harassment a fact of gay life?

Westminster is awash with tales of young men being sexually harassed - but it's far from being just a problem in politics
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Moshi Monster creator Michael Acton Smith

Acton Smith launched a world of virtual creatures who took the real world by storm
Kim Jong-un's haircut: The Independent heads to Ealing to try out the dictator's do

Our journalist tries out Kim Jong-un's haircut

The North Korean embassy in London complained when M&M Hair Academy used Kim Jong-un's image in the window. Curious, Guy Pewsey heads to the hair salon and surrenders to the clippers