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Adam Foulds’s last novel, The Quickening Maze, was a truly superb study in madness and early psychiatric methods, combining the intellectual and the visceral in often startling ways (few will forget his description of the “dismantling” of a deer). In this latest work, he retains that powerful blend and focuses on another kind of madness: the madness of war.

Pervez Musharraf rushed to hospital with heart scare while on the way to treason trial

He was due to face allegations of high treason when the incident occured

The Philippine capital Manila on New Year's Day. At least six people have died in two separate bomb attacks in other parts of the country.

Six people die in bomb attacks in the Philippines

15 people were also wounded in the two separate explosions

The five new coin designs which will go into circulation on 1st January 2014

Royal Mint unveils new coins commemorating historic British anniversaries in 2014

Lord Kitchener will appear on the new £2 coin to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War

Masked Sunni fighters in Ramadi on Sunday following raids by government forces

Iraq needs reconciliation not American weapons to end sectarian war

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Alistair Burt has warned that the parliamentary vote against military action in Syria has potentially created a dangerous precedent

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'There is now a question mark about what parliament actually will authorise military support for,' he told The Guardian

Radar domes at RAF Croughton, in Northamptonshire, which serves as a relay centre for CIA agent communications

Exclusive: MoD tightens security at American spy bases linked to drone strikes

'Draconian' laws would help the US cover up illegal activities

Yet another end of an era: 'The London Gazette', the UK’s most venerable publication, goes online

It's one of the oldest newspapers in the world, dating back to 1665

Al-Azhar University students, supporters of Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, make the four-finger 'Rabaa' gesture during clashes with riot police on Saturday

By branding the entire Muslim Brotherhood as terrorists, General Sisi is adopting a well-tested tactic of past Egyptian dictators

Nasser didn’t hesitate to call on the hangman to decapitate the Brotherhood

Israel and Lebanon exchange cross-border rocket and artillery fire in rare flare-up of violence

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commends his military for ‘quick and forceful’ retaliation

News from Berlin, By Otto de Kat (Translated by Ina Rilke) - Review

It’s wartime, 1941. Dutch diplomat Oscar Verschuur’s family are dispersed throughout Europe. He is posted in Switzerland, his wife Kate volunteers in a London hospital and his daughter Emma is married to Carl, a “good” German, and is based in Berlin.

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"The Hired Man" by Aminatta Forna (Bloomsbury)

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is led by a Shinto priest as he visits Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo

South Korea and China angered by Japanese PM Shinzo Abe's visit to controversial shrine to war dead

Neighbouring countries unhappy over public 'celebration' of Japan's attacks

Egypt: Five injured in Cairo bomb blast amid new wave of violence

The homemade bomb detonated as a public bus passed by and a second was found secured to an advertising billboard

Man dies after being shot 'multiple times' in West End nightclub

One man has been arrested in connection with the shooting

Kalashnikov with his creation, the most successful assault rifle ever made

Is Mikhail Kalashnikov in Hell? The man was confident he would not go there

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