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The London-based MNG Maritime’s armoury vessel MNG Resolution

Floating arsenals designed to protect shipping from pirates deemed unsafe

Report warns that vessels full of weapons for hire are 'a danger to regional stability'
Bedouin people overlook Israeli settlements in the West Bank, which have multiplied over 40 years

Diplomats water down proposals on ending Israel's West Bank occupation in attempt to avoid US veto at UN

The amended Palestinian plan has wide European support

Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates reminds us of the good news of 2014

The founder posted 5 positive new stories on his blog

As Russia unveils nuclear subs with underwater drones and robots, the stealth race heats up: governments pour cash into secret armies

World’s military giants are no longer spending money on spectacular armies, but invisible ones

File: The HMS Tireless at the North Pole in 2004

Denmark claims North Pole – but will have to fight it out with Canada and Russia

Shrinking polar ice means the Arctic countries are preparing bids to exploit the area’s natural resources

Delegates receive copies of the deal agreed at the UN climate change talks in Lima on Sunday

UN climate change deal in Peru attacked by environmental activists as 'weak' and 'ineffectual'

Nations sign up to publishing national plans for curbing carbon dioxide emissions

Foul practices: Witches depicted by Adrianus Hubertus c1650

CIA torture report: It didn't work then, it doesn't work now

World View: Its use is always wrong and, despite CIA justifications post 9/11, the information obtained from it is invariably tainted
Many treatable illnesses are becoming increasingly resistant to drugs.

'Millions will die' without new antibiotics

Ten million people around the world will die unnecessarily every year by 2050 unless new antibiotics are created to tackle drug-resistant infections, a study concludes today.

The CIA has hit back at a damning report, which is claims is 'cherry-picked'

CIA 'torture report': China, Iran and North Korea take aim at US over shocking revelations

The nations suggested the US is guilty of hypocrisy

The British Humanist Association caused a stir with their bus poster campaign in 2009

How the right to deny the existence of God is under threat globally

New report also criticises Scotland's religious representatives on education boards

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai attends a press conference on Tuesday at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo ahead of the ceremony to present her with the award

Malala calls on David Cameron to do better on human rights and climate change

Campaigner will accept Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo

The countries which, according to Open Society, participated in the CIA programme

CIA 'torture' report: The 54 countries that will be worried by controversial revelations

World prepares for moment America comes clean on its ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ – with which much of the world is complicit

South Korean protesters carry a mock nuclear missile during an anti-North Korea rally to end North Korea's suspected development of nuclear weapons

Risks of nuclear war rising because of global tensions and insecure stockpiles, warn experts

'Too many nuclear weapons in the world remain ready to launch on short notice,' the military, political and diplomatic figures say

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, 48, was even named Preacher of the Year, out of all the faiths in Britain

Shmuley Boteach: Sex, Sainsbury's, celebrity... and anti-Semitism

The self-proclaimed 'Rabbi of America', says Britain has grown worryingly anti-Israel – and he wants us to listen to him
Boris Johnson cycles through the streets of Jakarta on Car Free Sunday with Indonesian President, Joko Widodo (second left)

Boris Johnson, international statesman? The Mayor of London takes a Far East tour

To become Prime Minister, the Mayor must convince people he can represent Britain abroad. Joseph Watts followed him to see how he measured up

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there