Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Would sir like a waffa-thin reform?

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Nick Clegg has accused Theresa May of 'illegal' plans to limit EU migrants

Nick Clegg accuses Theresa May of ‘illegal’ plans to cap EU immigration

Leaked Home Office paper suggests lower-skilled workers would only be allowed to take up jobs suffering shortages in the UK

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‘Fruit-head’ dolls which can also cause deformities in unborn babies and infertility in men have been found at a market in Kent

The News Matrix: Monday 16 December 2013

Mandela buried in ancestral village

Research suggests that young Britons are significantly more pro-European than older generations and fear that leaving the EU would jeopardise their job prospects at home and on the Continent

Exclusive: Young people ‘want UK to stay in Europe’: Four in 10 adults aged 18 to 24 are ‘firmly in favour’ of membership, poll shows

Younger voters view free movement within the EU as a ‘two-way street’

A group of Christian vigilantes in the capital Bangui act out what they would do if they caught members of the Seleka Muslim militia

France to ask allies for help in Central Africa

It wants troops or logistical aid to head off a possible genocidal civil war

France prosecutes parents and 'cutters' under existing laws against grievous bodily harm and violence to children

The French way: a better approach to fighting FGM?

Britain is trying to get tough on female genital mutilation – but does France offer the answer

Illegal miners dig for diamonds in Zimbabwe’s Marange gem fields, which were exposed by an earth tremor in 2006 and are the largest discovered in Africa in more than a century

The flawed diamond sale: Sanctions lifted on gemstones from Zimbabwe

Belgium has successfully lobbied for sanctions to be lifted on gemstones mined in Zimbabwe, promising a windfall for the ailing nation. But critics say the ethics of the move are questionable

75,000 EU migrants cap proposed

Immigration from European Union countries could be capped at 75,000 under proposals set out by the Home Office for sweeping changes to the relationship with Brussels.

Protesters waving EU and Ukrainian flags in Kiev yesterday

Ukraine protests: Tensions soar as rival factions face off in Kiev

President’s supporters bussed in to side against thousands fighting Ukraine’s move away from EU

The EU is supporting a brutal military occupation in Western Sahara

We cannot tolerate this cruelty and injustice

'The heroes of today are the Irish people'

Ireland's finance minister thanks the Irish people for their extraordinary efforts as the country exits its bailout programme

European banking watchdog blasts Bitcoin over 'violent' fluctuations

EU banking watchdog warns of violent fluctuations and lack of protection

Britain should 'hang its head in shame' for failing Syrian refugees, says Amnesty International

UK is one of a number of EU countries who have offered no resettlement or humanitarian places, charity says

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Speak English or lose benefits: Government to introduce tougher tests for migrants

The new rules will apply to all overseas nationals, regardless of whether or not they are from the EU, and to Britons returning after living abroad

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