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Jack Straw served as Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary under Tony Blair’s government

Jack Straw criticised for accepting part-time job paid for by Kazakhstan

Former Home Secretary will earn £12,500 a year serving as an adviser to the Eurasian Council on Foreign Affairs

has also advised countries including Kuwait, Rwanda, Albania and Azerbaijan

Tony Blair to advise Serbian government, a country Britain once helped to bombed while he was PM

Opposition leader questions the decision to deal with a man regarded as a hero in Kosovo

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi makes a statement after Isis released a video purporting to show the beheading of 21 Coptic Christian hostages

Egypt's president al-Sisi calls for international intervention against Isis in Libya

President al-Sisi is lobbying Europe and the United States for a coordinated international response

It was alleged that President Uhuru Kenyatta, then a senior politician, paid criminal gangs to prepare for “war” against rivals who questioned the re-election in 2007

ICC damned as 'amateur' by British lawyers for acquitted Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

Exclusive: The case against Kenyatta for co-ordinating post-election violence in 2007 that left more than 1,000 dead was dropped in December because of a lack of evidence

Vice-President William Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta

The case against Kenya's powerful vice-president, William Ruto, that the ICC must win to vindicate itself

Following the collapse of its case against President Kenyatta for orchestrating ethnic clashes following the disputed election in 2007, the court's attention now shifts to his deputy

Fiji's new flag will be chosen through another national competition and will be revealed on the 45th anniversary of independence on 10 October

As Fiji replaces its national emblem, what are the best and worst national flags?

Keep it simple (and rectangular) says Flag Institute

The Syrian town of Kobani has been won back from Isis by Kurdish forces

War with Isis: Jordan's pledge to fight militants on the ground is coup for US and its allies

Amman's promised offensive would solve huge problem for the West as MPs call for beefed-up British response

Benjamin Netanyahu plays a sinister 'babysitter' in Israeli pre-election advert

The PM claims he is the only one who can look after Israel's children

Vitaly Milonov: How the architect of Russia's anti-gay laws accidentally appeared in a lesbian kiss selfie

The senator outwardly claimed that gay people “rape kids”, that any violence gay people say they have suffered is “fake information”

The Organisation of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) believes that thousands of Yazidi woman have already been sold into enslavement (AFP)

World Woman Festival 2015: Women in countries such as Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan 'worst hit' by fundamentalism

Oslo conference hears criticism of West for backing jihadi groups while failing to rein in their extremist treatment of women

Alyas Karmani, a Bradford imam, says male role models ‘simply reinforce misogynistic views’ (AP)

World Woman Festival 2015: No school in Britain free from sexualised bullying, warns leading imam

Alyas Karmani claims schools are reluctant to admit they have problems for fear of critical Ofsted reports

Mary Creagh, shadow International Development Secretary, on foreign aid: 'If you don’t know where it is going then how can you measure if it is working?'

Labour attacks Government for 'wasting' foreign aid budget

The Government has earmarked £1.8bn for private sector schemes in developing countries

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin feeds a horse during his vacation in the Republic of Tyva, Russia, in August 2009

Joseph Stalin's grandson says 'brainless show-off' Vladimir Putin should learn from Soviet-era tyrant's example

Yevgeny Dzhugashvili took a Russian newspaper to the European Court of Human Rights over an article calling his grandfather a 'bloodthirsty cannibal' – and lost

Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International, is the first African to run a global development agency

Winnie Byanyima interview: 'We don't think charity is the way to resolve global inequality' says Oxfam International boss

The James Ashton Interview: The executive director of Oxfam International, was in Davos last week campaigning to close the huge gap between the world’s haves and have-nots

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Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
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If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
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Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
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How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
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Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

Next weekend, our chef plans to return to his Aussie roots by firing up the barbecue
Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

Cricket World Cup 2015

Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?
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