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The EU divides opinion but whatever your views it is important to have your say — through voting in the May election and joining in the Citizens’ Dialogue events around Europe

Tube strikes February 2014: How they will affect your journey (and stress levels)

Commuters advised to get their journeys in early

Snowden's revelations have sparked outrage about the scope of government snooping (Reuters)

Why the Government must face up to Edward Snowden's growing indictment of state surveillance

So far we have not had the upfront debate the seriousness of this issue deserves

French press said that Mr Hollande's affair with Julie Gayet started more than two years ago

Francois Hollande’s alleged lover Julie Gayet nominated for César film award

Gayet has earned a César nomination for Best Supporting Actress

David Cameron to press Francois Hollande on EU reform over pub lunch

PM is 'optimistic and takes a very positive approach to the changes that he wants to see'

Oxfam broke ties with Scarlett Johansson over her SodaStream ad

Out of flavour: Scarlett Johansson is sticking with SodaStream but is the drinks company beginning to lose its fizz?

In a YouTube video with nearly five million views, Scarlett Johansson leans seductively into the camera and purrs: "My real job is saving the world."

London commuters face the threat of disruption in the coming weeks

Tube strikes: TfL warns passengers of disruptions ahead of 48-hour strikes

London Underground bosses announce contingency plans ahead of walk out over ticket office closures

A US Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan

Britain to set up controversial drone development partnership with France

The move follows on from the 2010 agreement to enhance defence co-operation including sharing aircraft carriers, joint expeditionary forces and training

Edward Snowden speaking during his dinner with a group of four retired US ex-intelligence workers and activists at a luxurious room in an unidentified location.

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Former government contractor could join President Obama, Henry Kissinger and Nelson Mandela in historic list

CM Punk 'quits the WWE' only weeks before Wrestlemania 30

Wrestler reportedly said he is 'going home'

Diplomat's son reportedly arrested by terror police in London raid

The garden of a British diplomat is believed to have been dug up after his son was arrested on Saturday

Browne: the secret report he wrote on the Iranian revolution became required reading at the Foreign Office

Sir Nicholas Browne: Britain's chargé d'affaires in Tehran who faced an angry mob following the fatwa issued on Salman Rushdie

Sir Nicholas Browne was targeted by an angry mob in Tehran in 1989 after the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa calling for the killing of the author Salman Rushdie over his book The Satanic Verses. Browne, then the British chargé d'affaires, had to retreat with his staff to the inner rooms of the British embassy as the crowd, variously estimated at between two and ten thousand, hurled debris that smashed the building's windows, only a few yards away from the imposing black-painted outer gates adorned with the Royal Crest. He was forced to call for police protection, though no one was hurt.

Demonstrators called upon their comrades to avoid escalating the conflict with the government

Ukraine: Protesters cede control of Justice Ministry in Kiev

Radical anti-government protesters were forced to give up their brief occupation of Ukraine’s Justice Ministry on Monday after fellow opposition groups accused them of jeopardising peace negotiations.

Momii was only recently appointed

Japanese broadcasting chairman apologises for comments defending WWII use of 'comfort women'

Chairman previously claimed use of 'comfort women' was 'common'

Juan Mata was presented as a Manchester United player on the same day as the return to training of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney

Manchester United v Cardiff: Juan Mata unveiling comes on the same day that Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie return to training

There was more than one reason why David Moyes was all smiles as he sat alongside Mata at his first press conference since joining the club

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walks past his uncle Jang Song Thaek - Jang Song Thaek is reported to have been executed for 'attempting to overthrow the state'

North Korea: Kim Jong-un 'executes direct relations of purged uncle', claim reports

Claims that secretive communist regime has carried out a further brutal purge of those the young leader sees as a threat to his authority

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
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