News High five: Obama and Cameron playing table tennis at the Globe Academy School in London 2011

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

Abu Qatada shown the deportation door to Jordan: the reaction

After two decades in the UK, prosecutors have finally confirmed Abu Qatada's arrival in Jordan to stand trial on terrorism charges.

Grant Cameron, Suneet Jeerh and Karl Williams were arrested during a holiday in Dubai

Three British men lose appeal against four-year sentences on drug charges in Dubai

The 20-year-olds claim they were beaten and forced to sign false confessions by police

Boris Johnson has called for an amnesty for illegal immigrants

Boris Johnson backs illegal immigrants amnesty as he hints he may run for third term as London mayor

Boris Johnson put himself at odds with the Conservative leadership today as he backed giving an amnesty to illegal immigrants who have been in Britain for 12 years.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Loyal, robust, a little bit fuzzy – but Nick’s not completely dull

Waiting on Monday at Admiralty House for Nick Clegg, we were mesmerised by the slogans decorating the tasteful blue backdrop behind the podium: Fairer Society Stronger Economy. And to relieve the monotony, Stronger Economy Fairer Society. So why not further variants? Stronger Society Fairer Economy perhaps? Or would that be a little too controversial? Possibly, though the Deputy PM’s language is anyway a bit fuzzy on occasions. As in his soundbite on Ukip: “They appeal to people who want a better yesterday. I want a better tomorrow.”

David Cameron talking to a group of Pakistani students in Islamabad

David Cameron defends controversial Kazakhstan trip with pledge to secure UK jobs

Pressure groups have called on the PM to raise human rights  issues with the regime

49 die in Pakistan bomb blasts as Quetta mourns

Bombings killed 49 people in three different areas of Pakistan yesterday, just as Britain's prime minister was in the capital pledging to help to fight extremism.

David Cameron flies into Afghanistan as army warns British troops will stay to support Afghan forces for up to five years

British troops will be stuck in Afghanistan for up to five years after Nato’s “final” withdrawal from the war-torn country by the end of 2014.

Spending Review: Wait for benefits could backfire, warns Tory ally

Bright Blue, a think-tank which supports David Cameron’s drive to rid the Conservatives of their 'nasty party' image, warns Government’s latest crackdown could damage party

James Moore: Bt's Ian Livingston times exit well while the going is good

Outlook One of the key skills for a chief executive is getting the timing of your departure right. Ideally, you want to ensure a successor has six months in the job with a couple of decent trading statements before any serious problems emerge.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: David Cameron can be choosy about who he invites to dinner

Most people are all too aware of the breathtaking successs of companies like Amazon and Google in keeping their vast profits out of the hands of governments across the planet. But the Prime Minister may have been a shade optimistic during his Commons statement on the G8 summit in saying that while the “tax and transparency” issues as discussed at Loch Erne used to be the province of academics, they are now “kitchen table subjects”

David Cameron launches massive bilateral trade deal between EU and US

'Biggest bilateral trade deal in history': David Cameron launches negotiations for US and EU agreement

David Cameron on Monday launched the negotiations on what he hailed as “the biggest bilateral trade deal in history” between the European Union and the United States.

A policeman and a protester outside Bilderberg venue

Cost of policing Bilderberg conference was £1.3m

The cost of policing the Bilderberg conference – a meeting of politicians, academics and business leaders – in Hertfordshire last week was more than £1m, the Home Office has revealed.

Ministers get new powers to hire and fire Civil Service advisers

Civil Service mandarins are to be put on fixed-term contracts and ministers given the power to hire teams of political advisers paid for by the taxpayer, in the biggest shake-up of how Britain is governed for decades.

President Putin and his delegation were late. Their plane into the UK was delayed and when they did finally arrive at Downing Street, they had to be taken in through the back entrance to avoid a Turkish protest taking place on Whitehall

Syria Sketch: 'Dead eyed' Putin asks: 'Do you want to support people who eat the guts of their enemies?'

Smaller than Cameron – but stocky – Putin managed to carry off an air of menace effortlessly

A fair cop? Cameron backtracks on comment on Britain's 'relatively honest police force'

It maybe what he privately thinks - but almost certainly not what intended to publically state.

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