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.

Syrian film festival is the reel deal

Can a film and cultural festival be exiled? It can if it's called Reel Syria, and usually takes place in March in the cities of Homs, Damascus and Tartous. Civil war has driven Reel Syria, and the DOX BOX documentary film festival, to London at a critical moment. We have seen what Syrian government forces have done to Homs. But now, in very different imagery, we can see how life under the Assad regime is viewed by longstanding Syrian critics.

'Illegal' fees hit Zimbabwean civic groups

Officials loyal to President Robert Mugabe have reportedly begun a new onslaught against humanitarian agencies by demanding illegal levies and putting them under surveillance.

People living in Northern Ireland scored well on life satisfaction

Q: How happy is Britain? A: 7.6 out of 10

National survey reveals that those living in Northern Ireland are the most content

Maldives: Leader gives coalition ultimatum

The new leader of the Maldives gave the ex-President's party four days from yesterday to decide whether to join a coalition government, hoping the move would end long-standing political divisions.

Archie Bland: The Super Bowl is American exceptionalism at its best

You can learn a lot about a nation, good and bad, from its sporting obsessions. The quiet heroism and fussy cucumber sandwiches of cricket tell one story about Britain; the self-deprecating chants of a good football crowd, and the tendency to thuggishness of a bad one, tell another. I bet there are some lessons about the Afghan psyche to be gleaned from a game of buzkashi, or goat grabbing.

Lords rebellion fails to block reform of disability benefits

Disability campaigners were dismayed yesterday as the Government narrowly won a vote in the House of Lords against an attempted amendment to its reforms of the Disability Living Allowance.

Mr Hague said the military should remain in charge to oversee elections

UK 'must redouble economic efforts', says William Hague

The latest string of credit downgrades in the eurozone requires Britain to "redouble our efforts" to boost economic growth, Foreign Secretary William Hague urged today.

Thousands massacred as two tribes go to war in South Sudan

UN peacekeepers tell residents of Jonglei state capital to flee as raiders approach

Paul Vallely: War is messy, but peace is demanding

The US withdrawal from Iraq shows how much there is yet to do in Afghanistan, much of it for women and children
The Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, repeatedly urged Osborne to turn back from his austerity plans

This is final proof that Plan A has run out of road, says Balls

The shadow Chancellor Ed Balls declared yesterday that George Osborne's mini-Budget was final proof that "plan A has failed – and has failed colossally".

Pakistan's US ambassador quits over army memo

Pakistan's ambassador to the US said last night he was stepping down from his post as the swirling controversy over an alleged plot to oust the country's military leadership refused to go away.

A cayman in Laguna Ibera, Esteros del Ibera, Corrientes province, home to the maned wolf and the giant jabiru stork

The nature reserve dream of a 'gringo imperialist'

North Face millionaire environmentalist fights to set up vast wetlands park in Argentina

David Cameron: 'This is all just the mechanics under the car bonnet to make the car work better'

Cameron seeks to push one million workers out of the public sector

Staff in the NHS and other services are being shifted into mutual-style programmes based on the John Lewis model

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From games to geography, Rhodri Marsden selects indispensable tools for navigating, learning, enjoying yourself, or just killing time on the go.

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Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
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Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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