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The Baltic state of Latvia is poised to get its first female prime minister after the President and leading parliamentary parties agreed on a single candidate.

Great two-wheeled breaks this summer

Will the Tour de France inspire you to ride off on a cycling holiday?

Latvia: More than 200 people accidentally drifted out to sea, trapped on huge floating slabs of ice

More than 220 Latvians rescued after drifting to sea on ice floes

Helicopters and Navy ships rescued 220 Latvians who drifted to sea today, trapped on huge floating slabs of ice.

Kennel Club strikes deal to develop prime Mayfair site

The Kennel Club has struck a deal with the developer British Land over its Mayfair home that should keep the Crufts organiser in Pedigree Chum for years to come.

Sergei Magnitsky: The Russian lawyer, who uncovered the fraud, died in prison in 2009

Lithuanian prosecutors open investigation into multi-million dollar tax fraud by Russian organised crime group

Prosecutors in Lithuania have opened an investigation into a multi-million dollar tax fraud carried out by a Russian organised crime group which used the Baltic nation’s banks to launder some of their money.

Coalition's 'Ronseal launch' is stained by Tory resignation

David Cameron and Nick Clegg vowed yesterday that the Coalition would last until polling day 2015, as they emphatically committed themselves to a full five-year deal for the first time.

UK in family breakdown 'epidemic'

The UK has one of the highest rates of family breakdown in the Western world with just two thirds of children living with both parents, according to research by a global development organisation.

Rhodri Marsden: I've spent 40 years not being naughty and I'm now terrible at lying

Ever since childhood I've been terrified of the consequences of disobedience and prone to sickeningly obsequious behaviour around figures of authority, eg anyone with a uniform, a double-barrelled name or a horsewhip. As a boy I'd say things like, "I don't think we should be doing this" or "what if someone sees us?" while my friends gleefully urinated up the side of Dunstable Leisure Centre and then wrote ULTRAVOX on it in chalk.

August 12, 2012: Samantha Murray celebrates as she crosses the finish line during the women's m modern pentathlon

Modern Pentathlon: Samantha Murray adds silver to Team GB's medal tally

Samantha Murray won a brilliant silver medal to maintain Great Britain's record of having picked up a modern pentathlon medal at every Olympics since the women's event was introduced to the programme in Sydney in 2000.

A Journey to Nowhere By Jean-Paul Kauffmann (trans. Euan Cameron)

A quest for one of Europe's vanished states brings close encounters with past and present

29 stowaways found by investigators in northern France

Investigators discovered 29 stowaways hidden inside three lorries in northern France waiting to cross to the UK, the Border Force said.

Great Dane: Birger Larsen

Danish maestro who is making a killing in Britain

Director Birger Larsen explains to Gerard Gilbert how he plans to bring Nordic grit to his first BBC crime series

Great Dane: Birger Larsen

Danish maestro Birger Larsen makes a killing in Britain

Birger Larsen will bring Nordic grit to his first BBC crime series

Baltacha loses in semi-final

Elena Baltacha missed out on a place in the Sparta Prague Open final as she lost her semi-final against Klara Zakopalova on Saturday.

In former Communist states, populations are shrinking fast

Of Romania's 19 million population, fewer than five million are workers paying tax

Wave of panic cash withdrawals sweeps Latvia after false rumours of Swedbank bankruptcy hit social networks

Latvia was yesterday struggling to control a mass wave of panic cash withdrawals from the country’s biggest bank, Swedbank, following a rash of false social media network rumours which claimed that the Swedish-owned lending group was going bankrupt.

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