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India's first transgender mayor wins election by over 4000 votes

Independent candidate Madhu Kinnar beat the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Mahaveer Guruji to become mayor of Raigarh

North Korea is furious at new US sanctions imposed in wake of Sony hack

North Korea rages against new US sanctions following Sony cyberattack

White House is accused of 'groundlessly stirring up bad blood'

A shell explodes in Kobani, just one of the fronts where IS fighters are engaged

War with Isis: The West is wrong again in its fight against terror

Barack Obama flippantly dismissed the militants as minor-league players last January. Is he any better informed now?
Louis Sarkozy and Léonard Trierweiler have attacked each other online over anything from their mothers to Trierweiler’s enrolment in a cookery course

Sons of Nicolas Sarkozy and Valerie Trierweiler trade insults in Twitter spat

Insults have been traded on anything from football to Trierweiler’s enrolment in a cookery course

President Abbas failed in his statehood bid for Palestine, but agreed to sign more than 20 international treaties

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signs up to ICC, paving way for Israel war crimes probe

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said the move would expose the Palestinians to prosecution over support for Hamas

Harshaka Fernando's family does not believe the official version of events

Maritime murders? Justice for the 2,000 sailors who go missing each year

Some jump ship for a new life in a foreign land, while hundreds more are believed to commit suicide – but a small proportion are killed during suspected inter-crew disputes

Pope Francis to issue climate change call to arms for world’s Catholics in measures that will anger Vatican conservatives

There are plenty of Bishops who remain sceptical about the impacts of global warming

Iraqi soldiers trained by the US were routed by IS’s smaller force

War with Isis: Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter the militants' gruesome tactics

The West needs more than a 'White Knight' if it wants to succeed
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
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Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
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Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
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Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project