Enter stage right: now Ron Paul takes the lead

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Mitt Romney, left, and Newt Gingrich during Saturday’s Republican debate in Des Moines

Gingrich holds nerve in debate to remain man of the moment

Rivals turn on the new front-runner, but it's Romney who fumbles with casual $10,000 bet

DJ Taylor: Welcome to the Counterintuitive Party

The coalition, in its search for an economic cure, reaches for roadbuilding, questionable fuel, and tax breaks for the rich

Honours List: Order of St Michael and St George

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Thomas Fletcher. Formerly Foreign Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister. (London, SE13)

John Rentoul: The Coalition’s shiny new foreign policy

William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, made a speech yesterday. It got all the public-relations hoopla push that the government machine can manage.

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Appalling British attempt to make an international political thriller on a shoestring budget. You can't fault its ambition, but you can fault absolutely everything else about it.

Andrew Grice: Obama steals the show

Just been to the "Barack and Gordon" show, a press conference at the ornate Foreign Office. First name terms all the way, to the Prime Minister's delight. The President is not big on protocol, even sipping water from a bottle. But he was the star of this 50-minute show

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/openhouse/2008/10/no-votes-but-pl.html">Archie Bland : No votes, but plenty of opinions</a>

Foreign Policy has produced an excellent map based on a Gallup poll it conducted asking people around the world which US political candidate they support. 60 per cent of Britons are behind Obama - but that's nothing on Kenya, where he can count on the backing of 89 per cent of the public.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/openhouse/2008/10/british-foreign.html">Dr Tara McCormack: British foreign policy, searching for a purpose</a>

When the Conservatives wanted to damn Gordon Brown's stance on 42 days earlier this week, they accused him of putting "his own interest before the national interest".

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Adam Gemili interview: 'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

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