News View of hundreds of files in the archives of the former East German secret police, known as the Stasi in Berlin

James Hall had been forgotten after serving 25 years in prison – until the very different case of the NSA whistleblower brought the intelligence community back into the headlines

Wake up, August is anything but a sleepy month

Some of the biggest events in history have happened during the holidays, writes Amol Rajan

Capello not complacent as England avoid the travel and the glamour

For once Fabio Capello's English was spot on. Having considered the opposition in their 2014 World Cup qualifying group, Capello observed: "It will not be easy, but I think that England is better than the other teams."

Georgian journalists charged with spying for Russia

Three Georgian photojournalists were accused today of passing secret information regarding the movements of President Mikheil Saakashvili to Russian intelligence and were charged with espionage.

Georgian President's photographer held for spying

The Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's personal photographer has been arrested on espionage charges in the latest in a long line of spy scandals to rock the former Soviet republic.

Sergei Bagapsh: Politician who guided the Republic of Abkhazia through its troubled beginnings

Sergei Bagapsh was the second president of the Republic of Abkhazia, the region of Georgia that broke away in 1993. He played a crucial role in guiding the country through troubled years.

Trail of the unexpected: Along the Bosphorus

Cathy Packe explores lively districts and historic sites along both sides of the Bosphorus

Governors Island: The city's secret garden

Once a military base, Governors Island now serves as a summer retreat for daytrippers from Manhattan. Kunal Dutta takes a trip across the Hudson

Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor

Paddy Leigh Fermor (obituary, 11 June) was a man of many dimensions, writes Patrick Reade. He had an unquenchable curiosity about people and culture; when he met remote groups, be they Saxons in Transylvania, Vlachs in northern Greece or gypsies in Hungary, he would not just learn their language and song but remember it for the rest of his life. At Paddy's last birthday party in London, William Blacker quoted two lines of a Romanian ballad in a speech about him; at the age of 96 Paddy sang the song in its entirety. There seemed no occasion at which he could not enliven the party by an adroit performance, or reminisce in half a dozen European languages.

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Foreign Office expands its £2bn global property empire despite the cuts

It may be facing the loss of hundreds of jobs, but William Hague's department has been busy in the property market

Video: Pakistan 'hit below the belt'

Wajid Shamsul Hasan, the Pakistani High Commissioner to the UK, says that his country has been at the forefront of the war on terror.

Cultural Life: Deborah Warner, Director

Books: I can't read while rehearsing and so all I'm managing at the moment is a page or two of Amanda Vickery's 'Behind Closed Doors' – a vivid and quirky domestic history of Georgian England. I was invited last October to go to the High Arctic with Cape Farewell. For months after I read nothing but books on climate change and the Arctic/Antarctic experience: Tim Flannery's 'The Weather Makers', 'With Scott to the Pole', a wonderful collection of Herbert Pontings photographs of the 1910-1913 expedition, and Stephen J Pyne's 'The Ice: a Journey to Antarctica'.

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