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News Backbench Conservatives MPs have been criticised for supporting a proposed ban on HIV positive immigrants entering Britain

HIV and AIDs campaigners have called the amendment "draconian"

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Syrian opposition fighters overrun a military post at Ras al-Ain on Wednesday. Below, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius

Syrian rebels seek missile supply

Syrian opposition figures will push at a donor conference in London today for the provision of anti-aircraft missile systems to repel President Bashar al-Assad's devastating airstrikes, as momentum builds to adjust a European Union arms embargo.

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Andrew Mitchell's refusal to admit that he had used the word “pleb” led the federation to demand his resignation

Sketch: We were all rooting for him: go on, Andrew, blow your top

This parliamentary committee angered Andrew Mitchell - but he kept a lid on it

David Cameron adviser Jonathan Luff quits to join payday lender Wonga as lobbyist

A senior adviser to David Cameron has quit Downing Street to become a lobbyist for Wonga, the controversial payday lender, renewing concerns about the "revolving door" between government and business.

Malala Yousafzai faces ‘weeks if not months’ of therapy for head injuries sustained in attack

William Hague meets Taliban victim Malala Yousafzai's father

Foreign Secretary William Hague has met with the father of a teenage girl who was flown to Britain for treatment after being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan.

Huge explosion hits the Old City of Damascus killing at least 13 as Syrian unrest continues

A taxi rigged with explosives has blown up outside a police station in the Syrian capital, killing at least 13 people.

A study based on satellite data of the Earth's atmosphere has shown there is a complicated interaction between the varying amounts of radiation from the Sun and the amount of ozone in the atmosphere

Climate change denial is a right-wing conspiracy

Drought and temperatures hot enough to stop corn having sex have not convinced Americans of human-caused climate change, as a new study shows that the US population are more skeptical of man's impact on global warming than they were ten years ago, despite scientific consensus on the matter.

I may run for White House, says Chelsea Clinton

Chelsea Clinton has hinted that she may run for political office in the US while refusing to rule out a challenge for the presidency.

Bali bombing victims remembered on tenth anniversary

The Bali bombings left an “indelible mark” on Britain's national memory, Foreign Office minister Hugo Swire said today.

Andrew Mitchell with Paul Kagame in Rwanda. Kagame’s regime is accused of funding a brutal rebellion in Congo, right

Memos reveal how Andrew Mitchell ignored advice on Rwandan aid

Embattled minister overruled department to help controversial leader Paul Kagame

The DWP, where the Secretary of State is Iain Duncan Smith, launched an inquiry into A4e which resulted in it being stripped of one of its contracts to help the jobless find work in May after ministers concluded that continuing would be 'too great a risk'. However, the company still holds 11 contracts with the Government

Ministers missed key evidence of fraud in welfare-to-work scheme

MPs condemn DWP for lax management of A4e and failure to identify malpractice

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Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
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His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
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Save us from small screen superheroes

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12 best hotel spas in the UK

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These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
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How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
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'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

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Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

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England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

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‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

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