Protesters in the Central African Republic capital, Bangui, demanding the French do more to help stop the rebel advance

Aid workers stay behind to protect rescued child soldiers

Advancing rebels are 45 miles from capital of Central African Republic

Kevin Pietersen’s wish for more free time has been granted

Pietersen is allowed time off for good behaviour

Kevin Pietersen appears to have got his wish for more free time after he was left out of the England limited-overs squad to tour New Zealand.

They gave us esprit de corps. But where’s theirs?

It’s because the French are instinctively statist that the Depardieu affair has exploded

Hasan Karkardi, left, and Omran Ikbari, sought refuge in Britain because of fear of state persecution

2012 heroes 'dead' to Iran – but alive in High Barnet

Tom Peck meets the two boxers who were meant to fight for Olympic gold, but instead had to flee to London from a regime determined to persecute them

McAfee 'penniless' in Miami hotel

The software tycoon John McAfee's return to the US marks the latest chapter in a strange, month-long odyssey to escape police questioning about a killing in Belize.

Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov is said to have arranged the killing of Anna Politkovskaya at her Moscow flat

Murdered Russian journalist's son seeks 'open trial' of former policeman

The family of a murdered journalist expressed cynicism as the trial of a former police officer implicated in her killing began in Moscow.

Everton aim high with feet firmly on ground

Dramatic turnaround against Tottenham suggests Moyes's side have the character and confidence to reach Champions League
Steven Pienaar heads in against Tottenham

Everton are among the upwardly mobile, and real Champions League contenders

Everton rediscovered the knack of turning a draw into a win against Tottenham

Monk 'linked' to immolations by eight Tibetans

Chinese police have detained a monk and his nephew in Sichuan province and accused them of instigating the self-immolations of eight ethnic Tibetans on the instructions of the Dalai Lama and his followers.

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal, front left, alongside Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza yesterday

Khaled Meshaal's return gives Palestinians new hope for unity

Hamas' exiled political leader pledges to work with Fatah on his first visit to Gaza since 1967

Russian Foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov

Russia says West has exaggerated chemical weapons threat from Syria

The West is aware that its’ claims about the threat from the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons does not stand up to scrutiny, the Russian government charged today.

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: I want a UK Christmas holiday without the Christmas celebrations

Every day our travel guru answers your travel questions

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Will my Samsung Galaxy II work as a phone while in Japan?

Every day our travel guru answers your travel questions

Red Shirt supporters of the ousted Premier Thaksin Shinawatra earlier this year

Thailand's Red Shirt leaders face death penalty over mass protests

More than 20 Red Shirt leaders are due to go on trial in Thailand today accused of terrorism over violence in 2010 that left up to 90 people dead.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee