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Aloofness and taxes saw the King lose his head

Edward III and the Triumph of England, By Richard Barber: Book review

Edward III is back in fashion. Since the 1950s there has been a revolution in historical thinking that has restored Edward – who reigned from 1327 to 1377 – to the reputation he enjoyed in the days of Henry V and Henry VIII. Recent biographers have cast him as the very model of medieval monarchy: "the perfect king" and "Edward the Great".

The Queen ‘plotted to hit Idi Amin with a sword’ if he visited Britain

Revelations from Lord Mountbatten’s diary show royal concerns over Ugandan dictator

Bahrain acquits police officers accused of torturing doctors who treated protesters

A lawyer says a Bahrain court has acquitted two police officers accused of torturing doctors who were detained while treating wounded Shiite protesters in 2011.

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin: Soviet leader Joseph Stalin was no worse than Oliver Cromwell

The Russian President made the comments at a press conference after he was asked about a monument to Stalin being put up in Moscow

The protesters confronting the Thai government are pushing the country deeper towards social conflict

The bogeyman of the demonstrators is Thailand’s exiled de facto ruler, Thaksin Shinawatra

Part of the disputed Senkaku islands

Fears grow of clash as Japanese and Chinese ships and planes patrol disputed 'Diaoyu' islands

The move is likely to heighten tensions as relations between the two powers become increasingly strained over the dispute

The RV Ramon Margalef is a Spanish state research vessel

Gibraltar: Spanish Ambassador summoned to Foreign Office after 'provocative incursion' by survey ship into Gibraltan waters

'Serious' incident after Spanish state vessel defied orders from Royal Navy to leave

Cambodia owns disputed land, rules UN court

Cambodia, not Thailand, has sovereignty over a disputed promontory around a 1,000-year-old temple, the UN’s highest court ruled on Monday in a unanimous decision on a long-simmering and sometimes violent dispute.

Senior Pakistani Taliban commander Latif Mehsud seized by US forces in Afghanistan

American troops have captured senior Pakistani Taliban commander Latif Mehsud, but several conflicting accounts mean the exact details remain unclear.

Inflation-busting 22% 'pay-rise' for the Queen branded 'immoral' by campaigners after 'rainy day' fund is reduced to 'last £1 million'

Queen's 'rainy day' bank account is down to its last one million pounds, leaving her vulnerable to ‘unexpected costs’ claims National Audit Office

'US and Nato have not respected our sovereignty', says Karzai as he rules out security deal

Afghanistan's president today ruled out signing a security deal with the United States until disagreements over sovereignty are resolved, but said he will convene a council of elders in one month to help him make a decision on the pending agreement.

Japanese officials may be sent to disputed islands in spite of China

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary said stationing government officials on disputed East China Sea islands, controlled by Japan but also claimed by China, remains an option.

US pushed to explain allegations of NSA spying on Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

Mexico and Brazil have called for the United States to explain allegations that a US government spy agency may have intercepted the communications of political leaders.

A bumper to bumper queue of vehicles trying to enter Spain from Gibraltar

Spanish police attacked for 'blatant' Gibraltar diving stunt

Police divers took photos of themselves posing with flags next to artificial reef

Passengers disembark a flight shortly after landing at Gibraltar International Airport

Gibraltar row: Ukip's Nigel Farage demands Rock representative in Commons as Peter Hain calls for joint sovereignty

UKIP leader says Britain should send the message that the UK will not negotiate

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Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

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