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David Cameron to press Francois Hollande on EU reform over pub lunch

PM is 'optimistic and takes a very positive approach to the changes that he wants to see'

A US Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan

Britain to set up controversial drone development partnership with France

The move follows on from the 2010 agreement to enhance defence co-operation including sharing aircraft carriers, joint expeditionary forces and training

Migrants eat their evening meal at a centre run by volunteers in Calais. France has pledged to take 500 Syrian refugees

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Art that rises from personal debris

A French soldier looks on as the body of a lynched Muslim man is burned by a crowd, in Bangui; the EU has decided to send out troops to help stabilise the country

EU to deploy 500 troops in Central African Republic following ‘genocide’ warning

The European Union has decided to send hundreds of troops to help stabilise the Central African Republic in what will be its first major army operation in six years.

EU Trade Commis-sioner Karel De Gucht has launched a major public consultation

Sovereignty fears lead to EU-US trade rethink

The European Commission is to rethink its approach to a controversial US trade deal which campaign groups have warned would fundamentally erode Britain’s sovereignty. 

Foreign Secretary William Hague and chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander during the launch of the EU & international issues document at the Lighthouse in Glasgow

An independent Scotland would end up 'subsidising England's EU rebate', claims Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander

Taxpayers in an independent Scotland would lose the benefit of the United Kingdom’s current European Union rebate and end up subsiding England’s rebate from Brussels, according to the chief Treasury secretary, Danny Alexander.

Charities say drug users are switching to alternative drugs created in laboratories because they know they are not breaking the law if they are caught in possession

UK opts out of EU legal high plans

Proposals "fetter UK's discretion", insists crime minister Norman Baker MP

Laszlo Andor insists that France and Denmark have more generous welfare systems than the UK

Plan to cut child benefit paid to EU migrants will be vetoed, says Brussels

Laszlo Andor insists that France and Denmark have more generous welfare systems than the UK

Seleka soldiers race through Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, as gunfire and mortar rounds erupt, when at least 105 people were killed in sectarian violence

CAR crisis: Stranded foreigners to be evacuated from Central African Republic to Chad

First 800 will be airlifted from the makeshift Bangui camp to the Chadian capital N’Djamena later today

Chuka Ummuna said he had talked to some of his European counterparts about the issue of free movement of people within EU

Tough Labour policy could close door on EU job-seekers

Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Ummuna floats curbs on the free movement of people within EU

A soldier stands guard in Afghanistan. US forces in Afghanistan have accidentally shot a four year old boy dead in bad weather

US forces 'accidentally shoot boy dead' in Afghanistan

US forces in Afghanistan have accidentally shot a four year old boy dead in bad weather, Afghan officials have said, in the latest incident to strain ties between the uneasy allies.

Geneva II: Iran not in first round of nations for UN Syria peace talks

Iran is not among the “first round” of nations invited to attend Syria peace talks in Switzerland later this month, a UN spokesman said.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is led by a Shinto priest as he visits Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo

Japanese PM to explain controversial shrine visit

Neighbouring countries unhappy over public 'celebration' of Japan's attacks

Thatcher's iconic locks were as big a part of her image as her sensible handbag, but few knew, until now, just how long it took her to keep her famous barnet in check until the National Archives released her 1984 appointments diary

The Iron Barnet: Margaret Thatcher had 118 hair appointments in just 12 months

Thatcher's locks were as big a part of her image as her sensible handbag, but few knew just how long it took her to keep her famous barnet in check

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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

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The wars that come back to haunt us

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UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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