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The Democratic Republic of Congo’s M23 rebel group has declared an end to its 20-month insurgency and said it was ready to pursue a political solution after the army captured its last two strongholds.

Loyalists start weapons decommissioning

Loyalist paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland today confirmed they have started to decommission their weapons.

Trident contradicts UK non-proliferation stance

The failure of the five recognised nuclear powers to make progress with disarmament is undermining prospects of containing the spread of atomic weapons around the world, MPs warned in a report published today.

Leading article: North Korea returns to its game of nuclear blackmail

Engagement remains the only realistic means of containing Pyongyang

North Korea 'restarts nuclear facilities'

North Korea has restarted its nuclear facilities to harvest weapons-grade plutonium, an official said today, just hours after the UN imposed new sanctions on the communist state for its recent rocket launch.

Adrian Hamilton: If Nato was a family, you'd have to call it dysfunctional

If you think the G20 a fractious affair, you should look to Strasbourg

Britain offers to reduce nuclear arsenal in disarmament deal

Britain is prepared to scale back its nuclear arsenal as part of a drive to reduce the number of atomic weapons around the world, Gordon Brown announced yesterday.

North Korea expels nuclear plant monitors

North Korea has expelled UN monitors from its plutonium plant and plans to start reactivating it next week, breaking a 2007 deal to scrap its nuclear weapons programme.

North Korea to restart nuclear bomb project

North Korea has removed UN nuclear watchdog monitors, seals and cameras from its shutdown atomic bomb-producing complex and aims to reintroduce nuclear material there in a week, officials said today.

Noel Marshall: Diplomat and yachtsman

Noel Marshall was a career diplomat and an exceptional yachtsman. He was born with a badly deformed foot, and the leg had to be amputated below the knee. He never allowed this handicap to constrain his enjoyment of dancing, skiing, and above all of the sea.

North Korea to suspend nuclear disablement

North Korea said on Tuesday it will stop disabling its nuclear facilities and consider restoring the Yongbyon reactor that can make material for atomic bombs, accusing the United States of violating a disarmament deal.

North Korea blows up reactor cooling tower

North Korea toppled the cooling tower at its plutonium-producing reactor today in a symbolic move to show its commitment to a disarmament deal that comes a day after it submitted an inventory of its nuclear programme.

Pyongyang prepares to hear historic concert

The New York Philharmonic arrived in North Korea yesterday, becoming the most prominent US cultural institution to visit the nuclear-armed country, run by a regime that keeps its impoverished people among the world's most isolated.

Walter Wolfgang: 'We saved the world'

He was there at CND's birth 50 years ago. As Russia warns of a new arms race, the world needs him more than ever

Racing: Baze grinds into history as world's 'winningest' rider

Chris McGrath on the jockey whose grit has brought record reward

Somalia must not become a haven for al-Qa'ida militants, Bush warns

International ramifications over Islamist victories in Somalia continue, with President George Bush declaring he will not allow the country to become an "al-Qa'ida haven" even as the militias themselves vowed to make the Horn of Africa "a land under the Koran".

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game