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Ukraine crisis: After the bullets and shells, it is red tape causing a million refugees to suffer

International aid-workers say bureaucracy is strangling efforts to provide those in need with care

Sunrise confronted; 30 Greenpeace activists protesting against Gazprom’s oil drilling in the Arctic were arrested by the Russian authorities in October 2013

When Russia declared war on Greenpeace: The story of the Arctic 30 captured on a Gazprom drilling platform and sentenced to years in jail

A brilliant new book by Ben Stewart recalls the global campaign to free the activists. In this extract, he hears from Frank Hewetson, who wrote at the time to The Independent on Sunday about his ordeal

Low achievers, women and those who did courses involving maths most benefited from being banned from coffeeshops

Students banned from cannabis coffee shops 'more likely to pass exams,' a Dutch study claims

The 'partial-prohibition' sought to ban smokers from France and Luxembourg

Russia cancels Second World War allied forces photography exhibition and shuts down gallery – but was it politically motivated?

State-run museum cancelled exhibition less than a month before Victory Day

A German Shepherd

Prostate cancer detected by dogs with more than 90% accuracy

40,000 new cases of prostate cancer are reported every year

Photography exhibition reveals haunting post-Communist scenes from Romania and Hungary

Tamas Dezso: Notes for an Epilogue runs from 17 April at the Photographers' Gallery in London

Lubitz may have 'spiked' the captains drink to make him go to the bathroom

Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz may have spiked captain's drink with diuretic to force him from cabin

Prosecutors are searching Lubitz's computers for evidence

Officials have said they plan to remove seagulls’ nests from central Venice

Venice declares war on the seagulls attacking tourists and waiters

Officials have said they intend to remove the gulls' nests in the city centre

The fire-damaged roof of the hostel in Tröglitz

Troglitz: The German village standing up to the neo-Nazis' flames of hatred after refugee hostel arson and beheading threats

Tony Paterson reports from the front line of Germany's ideological battle

David John King had been missing from his home in Normandy since October 2014

Interpol slammed by 'murdered' British pensioner’s family

'The French police stood fast on what Interpol were telling them - we were in a bureaucratic nightmare of not being able to update Interpol'

TV5Monde hack: staff accidentally show passwords in report about huge cyber-attack

Journalists at the French TV channel were filmed with Post-its of passwords and information for social network accounts

Max-Hervé,  a Frenchman who lives in Switzerland, does not immediately strike you as a financial terrorist or a man who might be a billionaire by the end of the decade.

Max-Herve George: The man fighting a merciless legal war against insurance giant Aviva

The Frenchman could end up destroying, or owning, the company which runs the pension funds for hundreds of thousands of people

Too few pupils are sitting the exam, AQA claims

German schoolboy makes freedom of information request asking government to release exam papers

17-year-old Simon Schräder admits that his chances of success are not fantastic

Pro-Russian separatist commander 'Motorola' stands inside a destroyed airport building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, on February 26, 2015

Russian fighter 'admits killing 15 Ukrainian prisoners of war' as Amnesty International urges investigation into 'war crimes'

Arseny Pavlov, also known as Motorola, has been accused of shooting dead Ukrainian soldier Ihor Branovytsky

Vatican's silence draws fire over 'rejection' of gay French ambassador

With the Vatican still failing to confirm officially Laurent Stefanini's position, the press are widely reporting that his sexuality is behind his rejection

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Building the walls of fortress Europe has had deadly results
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Tory candidates' election tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they appear
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Armenian genocide and the 'good Turks'

To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie
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This human tragedy has been brewing for years

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From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help
Hillary Clinton's outfits will be as important as her policies in her presidential bid

Clinton's clothes

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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
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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
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How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
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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
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Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

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