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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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The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen
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The drag star on being inspired by Bowie, never fitting in, and saying the first thing that comes into your head
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Satya Nadella: As Windows 10 is launched can he return Microsoft to its former glory?

Satya Nadella: The man to clean up for Windows?

While Microsoft's founders spend their billions, the once-invincible tech company's new boss is trying to save it
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Mark Hix goes summer foraging

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Ashes 2015: With an audacious flourish, home hero Ian Bell ends all debate

With an audacious flourish, the home hero ends all debate

Ian Bell advances to Trent Bridge next week almost as undroppable as Alastair Cook and Joe Root, a cornerstone of England's new thinking, says Kevin Garside
Aaron Ramsey interview: Wales midfielder determined to be centre of attention for Arsenal this season

Aaron Ramsey interview

Wales midfielder determined to be centre of attention for Arsenal this season
Community Shield: Arsene Wenger needs to strike first blow in rivalry with Jose Mourinho

Community Shield gives Wenger chance to strike first blow in rivalry with Mourinho

As long as the Arsenal manager's run of games without a win over his Chelsea counterpart continues it will continue to dominate the narrative around the two men
The unlikely rise of AFC Bournemouth - and what it says about English life

Unlikely rise of AFC Bournemouth

Bournemouth’s elevation to football’s top tier is one of the most improbable of recent times. But it’s illustrative of deeper and wider changes in English life
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