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A total of 342 recruits were formally inducted into the Indian paramilitary force, after completing 34 weeks of rigorous training in physical fitness, weapon handling, commando operations and counter insurgency

In pictures: Graduation ceremony of BSF recruits in India

New recruit of the Indian paramilitary Border Security Force soldiers took part in a passing out parade ceremony in Humhama, on the outskirts of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. A total of 342 recruits were formally inducted into the BSF after completing 34 weeks of training.

Residents of Canvey Island, Essex, being rescued by boat, during the disastrous floods, 1953

In pictures: Looking back at the disaster of the 1953 east coast floods

In January 1953, the east coast of England was devastated by some of the worst flooding in recent memory. A number of extreme weather events combined to cause major flooding in areas throughout Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Kent and the outer Thames Estuary.

'Elephant in Mist' by David Gulden. Gulden documents the declining landscape of African wildlife

In pictures: Christmas Elephant Appeal

Wildlife photographer David Gulden has captured incredible shots of animals in Africa for over two decades. Whether they be common or endangered, through his photographs he documents their daily life and their most personal moments.

A sex worker activist attends a demonstration with prostitutes against a proposal to scrap sanctions on soliciting and instead punish prostitutes' customers with fines, Paris

In pictures: France debates prostitution bill as protests spread outside the parliament

French lawmakers are debating one of Europe's toughest laws against prostitution and sex trafficking. Local movie stars have signed petitions, political parties are split, and sex workers complain the government is doing them out of a living. France is divided over a bid to crack down on prostitution.

Artist Alex Chinneck poses on the rooftop of his latest art installation 'Upside Down House', London

In pictures: 'The Upside Down House' art installation unveiled

Alex Chinneck's artwork 'Upside Down House' ('Miner on the Moon') has been created as part of the annual Merge Festival in the Bankside area in London.

The best pom-pom beanies for winter

The bigger the pom-pom, the better. Embrace the cold with this playful chunky-knit, says Linda Sharkey

A view at the Christmas market at the Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic

In pictures: Christmas markets open in Prague

Christmas markets are a key ingredient of the festive magic in the Czech Republic. The largest and most popular markets are held at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square with smaller ones at Republic Square and Havel's market. Visitors should find some nice items to take home, to decorate their houses or to use as Christmas gifts for friends and family.

A photo of actor Paul Walker among flowers and candles left by fans at the site of the car accident in which the 'Fast and Furious' actor and driver Roger Rodas died in Santa Clarita, California

In pictures: Fans, friends and fellow stars pay tribute to US actor Paul Walker

The neighborhood where 'Fast & Furious' star Walker died in the one-car crash is known to attract street racers, according to law enforcement officials. Walker and his friend and fellow fast-car enthusiast Roger Rodas died when the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT they were traveling in smashed into a light pole and tree.

Revelers dance at National Day of Samba celebrations at Pedra do Sal in the port district in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In pictures: Brazil celebrates National Day of Samba

People across Brazil gathered to celebrate the National Day of Samba. The traditional dance is considered Brazil's national rhythm and can be traced to Brazil's slave trade from West Africa. Pedra do Sal is a historic venue for Brazilians of African descent and is known as the birthplace of samba in Rio de Janeiro.The site was formerly a large slave market.

A Thai anti-government protester reaches to shake hands with policemen as they jubilate the end of fighting as they enter the Municipal Police Bureau and march into the Government House after days of violence in Bangkok, Thailand

In pictures: Thai anti-government demonstrations called off as police let protesters through the cordons

Thai anti-government  protesters proclaimed victory after police took down barriers and allowed them to enter key government installations, removing a flashpoint for clashes and effectively bringing an end to days of violence in Bangkok in which five people have died.

Aurelia Castro is embraced by her son Raul as his daughter stands by his side. Aurelia's first husband was killed in 1984 when the couple tried to escape from soldiers who accused villagers of collaborating with Shining Path rebels, Peru

In pictures: Biggest exhumation underway from Peru conflict

The exhumation in the district of Chungui in Peru brings back traumatic memories for survivors of the internal conflict of 1980-2000, in which soldiers and their paramilitary allies dismembered and killed women and children left behind by fleeing Shining Path rebels.

In the frame: 'The Fighting Portsmouth'

Political Cartoon of the Year: Drawing the line on the powerful

Dave Brown is defending his title as winner of the Political Cartoon of the Year tomorrow. Kasia Kowalska meets the man behind the pictures

Cyber Monday: The 10 worst Christmas gift ideas for your girlfriend

Online retailers are bracing themselves for what could be the busiest, and most profitable day, for Internet shopping in history.

Olympic diver Tom Daley has revealed he is in a relationship with a man, but there is a number of athletes that have made the decision to publicly announce their sexuality.

Tom Daley: Olympic diver should not feel alone after he joins a growing number of athletes to publicly announce their sexuality

Daley made the decision to publicly confirm he is in a relationship with a man with many others feeling the need to make similar revelations in the past

David Cameron meets pupils from Long Jiang Lu Primary School in Chengdu

In pictures: David Cameron on a trade mission in China

David Cameron has arrived in China on a trade mission to create a 'partnership for growth and reform'. Prime Minister is accompanied by more than 100 UK business leaders for a three day trade visit.

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Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album