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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

President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani has received assurances of continuing international support

Western leaders reassure Afghanistan of continued funding after withdrawal of coalition forces

President Ashraf Ghani urged to tackle corruption and carry out reforms in return for international assistance

John Kerry claims that air strikes have made a ‘significant impact’ on Isis capabilities

War with Isis: US hails 'significant impact' of bombing raids but Syria's President Assad is not so sure

US Secretary of State John Kerry said that air strikes had already killed key leaders and damaged the group’s capabilities

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Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
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But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

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Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
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Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
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Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
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Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence