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Assad metes out a day of brutal violence

Syrian activist network the LCC said 'there is absolutely no evidence that the regime is pulling back'

Syrian troops 'attacking rebels' in Damascus

Syrian troops are attacking a suburb of the capital Damascus in what activists described as one of the most violent campaigns since the year-old uprising began.

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad touring the devastated Baba Amr neighbourhood of Homs yesterday

Assad agrees to UN peace plan – but attacks spill into Lebanese village

Fears of the conflict in Syria spilling over into neighbouring countries were heightened yesterday as residents of a border village said President Bashar al-Assad's troops had crossed into Lebanon, destroying farm buildings and clashing with rebel fighters.

Archie Bland: China's warped world view - the Dalai Lama is a Nazi

For a pithy summary of the mysterious world view of the Chinese government, consider Beijing's contrasting reactions to the recent behaviour of Bashar al-Assad and the Dalai Lama.

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad touring the devastated Baba Amr neighbourhood of Homs yesterday

Assad agrees to UN peace plan – but attacks spill into Lebanese village

Fears of the conflict in Syria spilling over into neighbouring countries were heightened yesterday as residents of a border village said President Bashar al-Assad's troops had crossed into Lebanon, destroying farm buildings and clashing with rebel fighters.

Russia softens and offers to back Annan's Syria plan at UN

Russia offered heavily-qualified support yesterday for a United Nations initiative to end the bloodshed in Syria, as opponents of President Bashar al-Assad's regime faced an intensifying struggle to oust him.

Birthplace of Syrian revolution is pounded

Regime forces pounded the southern city of Deraa with anti-aircraft fire yesterday, reasserting control over rebel strongholds.

Syria shells rebel city as Assad spurns peace plan

Syria launched a long-anticipated assault to crush the opposition in the rebellious north yesterday, bombarding its main city from all sides with tank shells, and clashing with rebel fighters.

Keane (left) says: 'I pretended to be a vegetarian for weeks. It drove him mad as it was so insincere'

How We Met: John Keane & Alexei Sayle

John Keane, 57

Lib Dems to vote to decriminalise all drug use

Party risks wrath of Middle England with soft line on illicit substances

Coulson sets up media consultancy

Andy Coulson, the Government's former director of communications, has set himself up as a media consultant.

A History of the World in 100 Objects, Radio 4, Monday-Friday

Two million years of human ingenuity measured out in flukes and treasures

Angelina Jolie's world of adventure

This week, she made headlines in Pakistan. But that was just the latest stop in a year of breakneck travelling.

Mo Ibrahim: Why no one got a prize this year

Africa is full of hope and potential, maybe more so than any other continent
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Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

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'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor