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Aloofness and taxes saw the King lose his head

Minister says Spain 'acting like North Korea' and 'sabre rattling' in row over Gibraltar

Fabian Picardo accused the Spanish government of behaving like they did during Franco's regime

Bangladesh’s main Islamic party barred from politics

Six leaders have been convicted of crimes in connection with the war of independence

Scottish independence campaigner Dennis Canavan says Prince George should never be King of Scotland

Dennis Canavan says the monarchy is 'a complete anachronism in a modern 21st century democracy'

People queue to see the Easel displaying the Royal Birth announcement letter at Buckingham Palace

Leave the Royals alone? If only it was that simple

The monarchy has played the PR game for generations

Prince William and Kate the Duchess of Cambridge hold the Prince of Cambridge outside the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, where the Duchess gave birth on Monday

BBC defends royal baby coverage after viewers complain over 'unbalanced' broadcast of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge new arrival

The BBC has defended its coverage of the birth of the royal baby after viewers complained it was excessive and biased towards the Royal Family.

Prince William and Kate the Duchess of Cambridge hold the Prince of Cambridge outside the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, where the Duchess gave birth on Monday

BBC defends royal baby coverage after viewers complain over 'unbalanced' broadcast of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and new prince

The BBC has defended its coverage of the royal baby after viewers complained there was too much of it and it was too unbalanced in favour of the Royal Family.

King Albert II and Queen Paola in Liège yesterday

The Belgian King’s brief? Unite a divided nation

The new Belgian monarch is a former fighter pilot – and he will have a scrap on his hands trying to maintain the unity of this hybrid country

Crash course: France's Bastille Day

Raise the Tricolore for France's most important public holiday - 'La Fête Nationale' - when all things Gallic are celebrated with a day off work. Quel dommage that it falls on a Sunday...

David Cameron confronts Spain after shots are fired at jet-skier off Gibraltar

David Cameron has protested to his Spanish counterpart after shots were fired at a jet-skier off Gibraltar.

Gibraltar has been a British territory for 300 years

UK protests after jet-skier fired at in Gibraltar waters

A diplomatic row has broken out after Spanish police officers fired several times at a jet-ski rider off the coast of Gibraltar.

Guides cannot secure the highest badges without making the Promise

'I promise... to be true to myself and develop my beliefs': Girl Guides drop religious reference but pledge to self and the Queen

After 103 years, organisation changes oath to welcome 'all girls, of all faiths, and none'

Pakistan’s new Prime Minister has to maintain US dialogue

With extraordinary timing the latest US drone strike in Pakistan’s tribal region of North Waziristan, which is reported to have killed  a senior militant commander, comes just days before Nawaz Sharif is formally sworn in as the country’s new Prime Minister with a mandate to open peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban.

The Devonshires: the story of a family and a nation, By Roy Hattersley

This stylish history of a long, aristocratic line shows how the clan reflected the fortunes of a country

Nawaz Sharif faces challenges over electricity, building the economy, and tackling militancy

Pakistan election: Fourteen years after he was ousted, Nawaz Sharif welcomes journalists to his country house and returns with warm words for old enemies

Andrew Buncombe joins Pakistan’s new PM at his country house where he hears about his headaches over electricity, building the economy, and tackling militancy

Editorial: From Westminster to Brussels, via reality TV

Both Christine Hamilton and her husband are being lined up to stand for Ukip

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Power dressing is back

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'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
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
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

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
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

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
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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