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… and the Met Office warns there is still more rain to come

New Qatari emir refuses to ‘take direction’ from anyone

In his accession speech, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, who was handed power by his father on Tuesday in a rare example of a hereditary Arab ruler stepping down, said that the Gulf state would not “take direction” from anyone.

Satyajit Das: Rise of economic nationalism is threat to global prosperity

Midweek View: In a virtuous circle, globalisation both created and relied on strong economic growth
Left-wing opposition leader Alexis Tsipras has demanded elections

Greek coalition averts collapse over closure of state broadcaster but court order ERT back on air

Greece’s governing coalition avoided collapse on Monday night in the wake of a dispute over Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s decision to close the state television broadcaster.

Green agenda: The Lough Erne Resort is the setting for the G8

G8 summit: Will it tackle tax avoidance?

Top of the agenda for the Cameron, who goes into this week's G8 conference as president, is tax reform. We know that multinationals avoid paying their share. We also know it will be difficult to make them start. Can Cameron change the way that global finance works?

Simon Calder: Sleep(er) your way around the world

The man who pays his way

Nelson Mandela arrives for the funeral of his great-granddaughter Zenani

Nelson Mandela 'continuing to improve' in Pretoria hospital

Nelson Mandela's health is continuing to improve but the anti-apartheid hero remains in a serious condition, South Africa's president said today.

Commons committee wants training for ministers

Members of the Cabinet should be given “compulsory” training on how to be good ministers, an influential Parliamentary committee has concluded.

Andrew Selby (right) on his way to his second European gold, overcoming Ireland's Michael Conland in the final

Steve Bunce on Boxing: Cultures clash as full-time amateurs finally make their mark on Europe

Even John Conteh, Alan Minter and Charlie Magri took beatings

Mikhail Gorbachev, the last President of the Soviet Union

Former Soviet President, Mikhail Gorbachev, admitted to hospital for tests

Mikhail Gorbachev, the last President of the Soviet Union, has been admitted to the Kremlin hospital in Moscow for tests, amid growing concern over his health.

Home sales at three year peak

House prices predicted to rise nearly 30% over next five years

Australia has propelled a little-known bowler called Fawad Ahmed into the Ashes squad

Australia gamble on Pakistani spinner, Fawad Ahmed, for Ashes squad

For Australia, it is one thing after another. They are beset by worry and panic. Their preparations for the Champions Trophy and the Ashes are constantly moveable feasts which are increasingly threatening thin pickings.

Nigel Farage (left) has branded John Bercow (right)

Lonmin worker killed as tension builds again

A shop steward from the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) was shot dead at one of Lonmin's South African mines yesterday, sparking fears of a renewed cycle of violence in the country's troubled platinum mining belt.

Maps in the 1593 Speculum Orbis Terrarum by the Belgian cartographer Gerard De Jode

Mermaids seen due east as rare maps go on sale

An atlas drawn in 1593, complete with mythical creatures, could fetch more than £500,000

Fiji: An island in turmoil

The South Pacific island idyll of Fiji has been in political turmoil since separating from Britain in 1970.

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Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
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China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
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It's all bright on the night
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Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
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UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
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Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

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Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before