A French soldier looks on as the body of a lynched Muslim man is burned by a crowd, in Bangui; the EU has decided to send out troops to help stabilise the country

EU to deploy 500 troops in Central African Republic following ‘genocide’ warning

The European Union has decided to send hundreds of troops to help stabilise the Central African Republic in what will be its first major army operation in six years.

EU Trade Commis-sioner Karel De Gucht has launched a major public consultation

Sovereignty fears lead to EU-US trade rethink

The European Commission is to rethink its approach to a controversial US trade deal which campaign groups have warned would fundamentally erode Britain’s sovereignty. 

Conductor Claudio Abbado performing with his orchestra during the opening concert of the Lucerne Festival, in Lucerne, Switzerland

Claudio Abbado dies aged 80: An appreciation of the late conductor

No wonder he was widely considered the finest conductor of his day, he was certainly the best-loved of them all, writes Jessica Duchen

A Syrian rebel support group has threatened to blow up the Atomium in Brussels

Jihadists construct the Atomium bomb: YouTube video threat to Belgian tourist attraction

A plot to attack the Belgian capital stokes fears Europe will targeted by radicalised fighters returning from Syria. Charlotte McDonald-Gibson reports from Brussels

Protesters in hard hats attack a police van in Kiev

Vitali Klitschko caught up in clashes as tens of thousands defy Ukraine protest ban

Heavyweight boxing champion and opposition leader Vitali Klitschko caught up in demonstrations in capital Kiev

New direction: President Xi Jinping (pictured here with his wife and Mexico City's Mayor Miguel Mancera) is moving China away from state control of the investment process

Davos 2014: For the real news, don’t listen ... watch

Whatever the leaders gathering at the Swiss ski resort say to reporters, to  really understand the strength of the recovery, we need to follow the money

Amber McGuire, left, recounts the execution of her father, Dennis McGuire, as her sister-in-law Missie McGuire cries at a news conference Friday in Dayton, Ohio

‘People should be ashamed’: Family speaks out on Ohio's 25-minute 'experimental' execution for convicted murderer and rapist

As more ghastly details emerge of the slow death of Dennis McGuire, anger is growing at the inhumanity of the US’s approach to capital punishment – and relatives of the dead man are seeking legal redress

Free Syrian Army fighters carry their weapons as they run for cover in Daraya, near Damascus; Syamend Farhan says he is just happy to have escaped the terror of Syria

Syria civil war: You saved me, but I just think about the family I left behind

The story of one Syrian's journey from Damascus to Manchester

Foreign Secretary William Hague and chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander during the launch of the EU & international issues document at the Lighthouse in Glasgow

An independent Scotland would end up 'subsidising England's EU rebate', claims Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander

Taxpayers in an independent Scotland would lose the benefit of the United Kingdom’s current European Union rebate and end up subsiding England’s rebate from Brussels, according to the chief Treasury secretary, Danny Alexander.

Ukraine passes anti-protest law

Supporters of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich have hustled a sweeping law through parliament in an attempt to curb anti-government protests, sparking an outcry from the opposition and raising tensions on the streets.

Chairperson Norwegian Kirsten Sandberg, Vatican's UN Ambassador Monsignor Silvano Tomasi and Former Vatican Chief Prosecutor of Clerical Sexual Abuse Charles Scicluna. The Vatican was pushed for the first time to provide answers to the UN over its commitment to stamp out child sex abuse by priests

Catholic sex abuse: UN blasts Vatican for failing to protect children from paedophile priests

The United Nations today lambasted the Vatican for failing to protect children from paedophile priests as investigators in Geneva probe the global scandal that rocked the Catholic Church to its foundations.

Alistair Darling told young Scottish voters in Edinburgh to vote for the union in the Scottish referendum

Former Chancellor Alistair Darling calls on young Scottish voters to support the union

Alistair Darling criticised the Scottish Government's white paper on independence in a speech on Thursday

A YouGov poll predicts that the Lib Dems will lose all of their MEPs in the May election

YouGov poll: Tories to come behind Labour, while Lib Dems may lose all their MEPs

The poll showed that Labour could gain seats in May's EU elections

US watchdogs visit Citigroup's London headquarters amid forex probe

Two of the most powerful watchdogs in the US have sent investigators into the London headquarters of the giant bank Citigroup as the probe into alleged manipulation of global currency markets.

Hamish McRae: There has always been tension between France and the UK – but we face the same practical difficulties

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Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
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The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
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Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
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Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
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The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
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For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
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Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

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