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A tiny bat the size of a human thumb has become the first to be recorded crossing the North Sea from Britain to mainland Europe – before meeting an untimely end in the Netherlands.

Steve Richards: Number Ten is disturbed by the debates sparked by e-petitions

Power to the People is always one of the most potent slogans in British politics. No leader would enter an election arguing in favour of less power for the people.

Republican dreams a distant memory as Queen begins tour

Little more than a decade ago, Australia seemed poised to reject the British monarchy in favour of a home-grown head of state. But as the Queen embarks on her 16th visit to one of the farthest-flung members of the Commonwealth, the prospect of an Australian republic seems more distant than ever.

Strange death of Australian republicanism

On possibly her final visit, the Queen finds an anti-monarchy movement at its lowest ebb in decades

Hollande wins vote to take on Sarkozy

Former Socialist leader sweeps to victory in historic, and bitter, presidential primary

Christina Patterson: Fearless and forthright, if only artists in the West would follow Ai Wei Wei

Count me out. I like champagne, and I like canapés, and I like some sculpture, and I like some paintings, but when it comes to the strutting, and posing, and crawling, and schmoozing, and jostling, and bragging, and peering over the shoulder that you find at the annual party in the park known as the Frieze Art Fair, please just count me out.

Prisoner release may point to democracy

Thousands of prisoners are today due to be released by the authorities in Burma in a move that could mark a crucial move towards greater democracy by the new government.

Prisoner release may point to democracy

Thousands of prisoners are today due to be released by the authorities in Burma in a move that could mark a crucial move towards greater democracy by the new government.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Heaven knows why we're so miserable now

At the party conferences, the air thickens with cavils and grievances, charges and accusations, moans and more moans by party members. Politicians either pander to the wailers and whiners or grovel. This week in Manchester, the never-satisfied will bully Tory frontbenchers, who will feel obliged to make false promises or announce unconsidered policies. Why so much aggro, you think, and how, in heaven's name, can you ever please British voters who are addicted to pessimism? During the Second World War, Brits used to say, "mustn't grumble". Now they do nothing but moan, as if to make up for that stoicism. Not to join in with this national mood of disquiet may even be regarded as unpatriotic.

Belarus opposition candidate jailed for post-election protest

One of the leading political opponents of the Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko was sentenced to five years in prison at the weekend for his part in protests that followed presidential elections last December.

Terence Blacker: Give prisoners a stake in our democracy

Talking in a prison library not so long ago, I was startled to learn of the prisoners' favourite writer. Almost all of them read, liked and believed the work of David Icke, the former goalkeeper who has said that he is the son of God, that senior politicians are satanic paedophiles, and that the world is ruled by lizard-humans, who include George W Bush, the late Queen Mother and, more mysteriously, Kris Kristofferson.

TEST Catch21 Productions presents: Uni-Q

Uni-Q is a new online show - best described as ‘Question Time’ meets ‘The Sunday Night Project’ - providing a forum for 16-25 year olds to pose questions to MPs and other high profile figures

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