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For the right price, sponsors can leave a flyer on his duvet at the Tory party conference

Ibrahim Boubacar Keita wins first election held in Mali since 2013 coup

Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won Mali’s presidential runoff with 78 per cent of the vote, the government has said, giving him a strong mandate to seek peace with northern separatists and for sweeping reforms to the army after a military coup.

David Fleming believes museums need to move forward

End 'absurd' role for Britain's museums

Director's call to replace 'illogical' tradition with more social duty

Anthony Hilton: Why banking has to play second fiddle to politics

Lloyds' figures on Thursday showed the bank is fast returning to health and triggered a wave of speculation about when the Government might begin to sell its 39 per cent stake.

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe (left) cast his vote

Zimbabwe election results: Opposition leaders claim vote tainted by 'monumental rigging' as Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF claims victory

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvanirgai says his party considers the vote 'null and void' as election monitors warn that around one million people were denied their vote

A Tunisian member of the Ukrainian feminist direct-action group Femen has been cleared of insulting and defaming a public servant

Tunisiam Femen activist not guilty over ‘insulting’ public servant

A Tunisian member of the Ukrainian feminist direct-action group Femen has been cleared of insulting and defaming a public servant, according to her lawyer.

Nick Clegg and his wife, Miriam, take a Thames riverboat from their home in Putney to Westminster – his first day back at work after their holiday in Spain

Nick Clegg under pressure from Lib Dem activists over 50p top rate of income tax

Nick Clegg is under pressure from Liberal Democrat activists to pledge to bring back a 50p rate of tax on income over £150,000 a year even though he wants to keep the current 45p rate.

Ed Miliband has raised the stakes in his battle to dilute the power that trade union bosses wield inside Labour

Ed Miliband to go head-to-head with unions with vote over Labour reforms at special conference

Labour leader plans special conference to approve his plan that 3m trade unionists must 'opt in' to funding party rather than having to 'opt out'

Microsoft's Surface Pro running Windows 8

Microsoft slash prices of Surface RT by 30%

Price cut likely in anticipation of a refresh of the Surface range

Vince Cable unveils Lib Dems proposal to build up to 25,000 homes but accuses Tories of blocking plans

Business Secretary blames Tories for lack of council houses being built

Night shifts ‘increase risk of miscarriage’

Women who work night shifts are at greater risk of suffering miscarriages than those who work regular office hours, according to new research.

The London Film and Comic Con at Earls Court, London

Stormtroopers, Indiana Jones and Batman come to London as fantasy trumps reality at London Film & Comic Con

It was once solely the terrain of only the most ardent comic book fanatic

Education Secretary Michael Gove has pledged to clampdown on the use of homophobic language

Michael Gove pledges clampdown on use of homophobic language in school playgrounds

Education Secretary to hold discussions to determine whether law outlawing incitement of hatred was being 'properly policed'

Ofcom fines TV channel DM Digital for broadcasting 'duty to kill' speech by Islamic scholar

A television channel has been hit with a hefty fine after broadcasting a speech by an Islamic scholar who said Muslims had “a duty to kill” anyone who insulted the prophet.

Mandla Mandela, pictured, had five of Nelson Mandela's dead relatives relocated to his own village in Mvezo. Other Mandela family members want them returned to Qunu

Nelson Mandela’s three children reburied in home town Qunu

The remains of Nelson Mandela’s three deceased children have been reburied at their original resting site, a day after a court ordered their return two years after Mr Mandela’s grandson exhumed the bodies.

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