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Market gossips turned their attention back to Tullow Oil yesterday, as rumours of possible bid interest from China prompted it to spurt up 34p to 1,109p on the blue-chip index.

From Kabul to Congo: Unique photography project captures day-to-day drama of the world's refugees

From caves housing Afghan refugees to Colombian slums, from roads lined with displaced people in Congo to Yemeni beaches where exhausted Somali refugees wash up... Espen Rasmussen has travelled to many of the world's least hospitable, most makeshift living places. Over the past seven years, the Norwegian photographer has followed the displaced victims of numerous conflicts, capturing on camera the harsh conditions they find themselves trying to scrape a living in, and discovering that – no matter how difficult the circumstances – the hope for a real home is never extinguished.

France set up commission over 'race quotas'

The French Football Federation's internal commision set up to probe allegations concerning race quotas will present their conclusions on Thursday, according to reports in France.

Letter from the editor: Your democratic prerogative

By the time you read this, I will have exercised my democratic prerogative, and I hope you will either have done so, or you are about to do so.

Become a farmer for £30 (no experience necessary)

City dwellers and suburban citizens are to be offered an unprecedented opportunity to become farmers of a 2,500-acre estate, without so much as getting mud on their boots or dirt on their hands.

Leading article: Just say Yes to voting reform

As the polls point to substantial lead for No campaign, there are still 24 hours left to change the system

Neil Kinnock: AV will bring a new vitality to our democracy

When Britain’s two main parties won over 90 per cent of the vote between them First Past the Post was a fair system that generally reflected the true political feelings of the nation.

Pope sacks bishop in priest row

Pope Benedict XVI has sacked an outspoken Australian bishop who called on the church to consider ordaining women and married men.

Odemwingie's 'cheetah' power leaves Villa trailing

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Mulumbu seals more than bragging rights

West Bromwich Albion 2 Aston Villa 1: Long-awaited derby win leaves West Bromwich and Hodgson looking secure

Inside Iran: What life is really like in Tehran

While revolution has been sweeping the Middle East, demonstrations in Iran have been more subdued. But what's really going on in this notoriously secretive state? In a special report from inside the country, Patrick Cockburn takes to the streets to find out

Republicans hold 'alternative' street party in London

As royalists celebrated the marriage of William and Kate, a small group of republicans lobbied for the "abolition of the monarchy" at a street party with a twist.

British police arrest pro-democracy demonstrators, before the demonstrations begin

It is a sign of the deep-seated inequalities in our society, that the wedding of one couple is lauded over by the entire media, whilst so many family relationships struggle under the strain of daily life.

Album: K T Tunstall, The Scarlet Tulip EP (www.kttunstall.com)

Available only via download and the merchandise stall of her imminent US tour, The Scarlet Tulip finds K T Tunstall taking a step back from the modernist rapprochements of last year's Tiger Suit, abandoning even her familiar chunky rhythm-guitar loops for seven delicately fingerpicked folk songs featuring just her voice and acoustic guitar.

Trainee pilots ordered home after protests in London

Seven trainee pilots from Bahrain have been suspended from a British flying school after protesting in London against their government's bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators.

Letter from the editor: Give us a Yes or No!

I was taken to task by our deputy chairman, a fine man indeed, over my remark last week about the AV referendum when I suggested that the nation is not exactly breathless in anticipation of exercising its democratic prerogative on 5 May.

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