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The 'special relationship' is stronger than it’s ever been

David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Gordon Brown during TV debates in 2010

Time for David Cameron to stop 'ducking and diving' and agree to TV election debates, says Ed Miliband

Three televised debates during the course of the campaign would exclude both Ukip and the SNP from participating

Manu Tuilagi has had an eventful week, but will return to the pitch to face Newcastle

Manu Tuilagi injury poses problems for England and Leicester, with the human bowling ball set to miss the autumn internationals

England head coach Stuart Lancaster is already without centre Brad Barritt and back-row Tom Croft

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David Cameron Instagram picture shows the PM asleep in awkward family photo posted by Emily Sheffield

It’s one of those awkward family photos that would be best gathering dust in an album, seen only by the eyes of one's nearest and dearest.

Book review: The Blunders of our Governments, By Anthony King and Ivor Crewe

The Blunders of our Governments would have been a compelling if uncomfortable read at any moment (and for any governing party) during the past half century or so. But Professor Anthony King and Sir Ivor Crewe’s analysis of the persistent incompetence of our ruling classes is especially pertinent right now. Indeed, in their postscript, they suggest that David Cameron’s administration, far from learning from his predecessors, “may turn out to be the most blunder-prone government of modern times”.

Happy days: David Cameron in Svalbard, Norway on a 2006 trip designed to expound his green credentials

Cameron is at a turning point on climate change

Either he stands with sceptics in his own party, or sides with the the scientific community

Syria crisis: Labour would consider second vote on military strikes, says Balls

Labour is open to another Commons vote on whether Britain should join military strikes against Syria, Ed Balls said last on Monday evening.

David Cameron 'would challenge anyone to find a country with a prouder history, a bigger heart or greater resilience' than the UK

G20 summit: David Cameron responds to Russia's alleged 'small island' jibe against Britain

Cameron has had to battle perceptions of isolation during the summit in St Petersburg

Ed Miliband may look strong, but accidental Commons victory has its pitfalls

Inside Westminster: David Cameron’s defeat put an end to the silly season grumbling about the Labour leader’s weakness

Conservative MP Jesse Norman has been sacked from the Downing St policy board after rebelling on Syria

Tory MP Jesse Norman sacked from Number 10 for rebelling in Syria vote

Outspoken Conservative loses role on Downing St policy board after voting against military intervention in principle

William Hague denies he was set to quit over Syria vote

William Hague dismissed rumours on Sunday that he had been on the point of resigning after MPs voted to prevent the UK from taking military action against the Syrian government.

Last year, 242 immigrant children were held, mostly in removal centres

Britain still detaining hundreds of refugee children

Hundreds of children seeking sanctuary in Britain have been held in detention despite repeated government claims that the practice has ended.

The Feral Beast: His fracking lairdship, Eminem's demands, a peeping mouse and noisy knitters

As laird of the Balcombe estate – Ground Zero in the UK's fracking debate – Simon Greenwood is not a popular man. He has fracked off his Sussex neighbours by getting planning permission to allow US exploration company Cuadrilla to drill for gas. Even his cousin, Lord Cowdray, appears to disapprove. So what sort of a chap is Greenwood? A heli-skiing source in the Canadian Rockies has this to say: "We've been in a lodge with him twice and he is revolting! The worst kind of English quasi-aristocracy you can imagine." Really? How so? "He came down for a tea-time beer at the bar wearing very short red-satin shorts, matched with long black socks and black business shoes." Sounds like the PM on his hols.

David Cameron is seen addressing the House of Commons during the vote for intervention in Syria

Syria fallout: David Cameron ‘back to square one’ ahead of election after humiliation on world stage

The irony of David Cameron’s humiliating inability to send British forces join military strikes on Syria is that he has been urging Barack Obama to take tough action on the crisis for months.

David Cameron leaves Downing Street

Syria crisis: David Cameron plans reshuffle after chaotic defeat in Commons

Prime Minister is reported to be furious as the full extent of the Government’s disorganisation over Syria vote becomes apparent

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?