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Regular readers will recall my articles about overseas pensioners and the anger felt by around half a million of them who have had their state pensions frozen.

Merkel vow on circumcision

Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman promised the Jewish and Muslim communities yesterday that they would be free to circumcise young boys despite a court ban which has provoked concerns about religious freedom.

Contestants of Israel's first 'Miss Holocaust Survivor'

Survivors' pageant is criticised

Fourteen women who survived the horrors of the Second World War have paraded in a pageant, vying for the honour of being crowned Israel's first "Miss Holocaust Survivor". The winner of the controversial event was Chava Hershkovitz, far right.

Paraguay president faces senate trial

The trial of Paraguay's President, Fernando Lugo, was due to begin yesterday in the senate after lawmakers voted to impeach the former Roman Catholic bishop for his role in a deadly clash involving landless farmers.

Summer in the city: August is when Parisians leave for the coast and tourists arrive en masse

Tony Wheeler: Midsummer, and the living isn't always easy

Something to Declare

Northern house prices to fall further behind London

The North-South divide in British house prices is set to widen sharply this year and next, a leading economic think tank has warned.

4,000 foreign criminals at large in the UK

Almost 4,000 foreign criminals whom the Government wants to deport are at large in the community, figures showed today.

David Cameron 'sorry' for losing councillors as party suffers backlash

David Cameron has apologised to Conservative councillors who lost their seats as his party suffered an electoral backlash from voters.

The Sketch: Funny guy, but Vaclav has little to laugh about

On a suitably cold and dismal day, the President of a dissident republic addressed his underground supporters in inner London about the optimal size of a monetary union.

Activists urge UN to increase presence in Syria

While areas where the monitors are were quiet, 43 people were killed in the countryside

Science exams easier, says Ofqual

GCSEs and A-levels in science and geography are easier than they were 10 years ago, the exams regulator said today.

Sir Alex Ferguson insists that City 'are our direct opponents now'

Manchester City not Liverpool are United's major rivals now says Alex Ferguson

Reds knocked off another perch as United manager admits Mancini's men are more than just 'noisy neighbours'

Malaysia: Ceremony fit for a new king

Malaysia crowned its fourteenth King yesterday in an elaborate ceremony at the new National Palace in Kuala Lumpur.

Russia warns the West not to arm Syria's rebel fighters

Russia yesterday claimed the West was undermining the work of international peace envoy Kofi Annan, warning Britain and her allies not to arm Syria's rebels as a deadline for implementing an international peace plan approaches.

Tanzanian pupils with HIV 'forced to wear ribbons'

A handful of Tanzanian schools have sparked outrage by forcing HIV-positive pupils to wear red ribbons to class.

David Cameron and Barack Obama in London in May last year

Obama and Cameron to present united front

Barack Obama and David Cameron today evoke the wartime partnership of Churchill and Roosevelt as they promise to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in tackling the turbulence in world trouble-spots and the global economic crisis.

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Southern charm: Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan in ‘Joe’
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Christian Grey cradles Ana in the Fifty Shades of Grey film
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The veteran poverty campaigner Sir Bob Geldof issues a stark challenge to emerging economies at the Melbourne HIV/Aids conference
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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform