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David Cameron heads off to Russia on Thursday for the G20 summit of world leaders, promising that he is not going to shy away from tackling Vladimir Putin, pictured, about a couple of very serious differences between Russia’s regime and ours.

There are people in the Houses of Parliament who still don't know where Damascus, Syria is, even though we might bomb it

As world leaders continue to debate Syria and conversation amongst the commentariat focuses ever more sharply on whether we should go to war, the professional quiz masters over at usvsth3m have created an interactive map, asking ‘Do you know where Damascus is? The US and UK are probably about to bomb it.’

Five ways to avoid the Royal baby

The flock of royal correspondents who spent the best part of a fortnight outside St Mary's Hospital may have left their hard-earned spots of pavement behind, but in many parts of the country - and many media outlets - the quest for more, more, more baby news continues. What will the prince be called? Has it really got more hair than Wills? Is Kate already pumping iron to lose that disfiguring baby bump? If the sum total of coo-ing and clucking is driving you wild - here's five ways to turn the volume all the way down.

Video: Chinese astronaut shares her top moments of time in space

A Chinese astronaut who taught schoolchildren about the wonders of science from space, jokes that one of the highlights of her cosmic trip was chasing pieces of chocolates around in zero gravity.

British mum Emma Wilkinson killed in crash in Siberia during Peking to Paris vintage car rally

31-year-old man and baby in another vehicle also killed

Andy McSmith's Diary: Why we have one good reason for being thankful for Gordon Brown...

Poor old Gordon Brown. Scottish television has just shown an extract from a play by Kevin Toolis, The Confessions of Gordon Brown, that will have its premiere at the Edinburgh Festival. Its premise is that Gordon Brown was our greatest failure as Prime Minister in 200 years.

US returns stolen $1 million Tyrannosaurus to Mongolia, as Asian nation builds 'dinosaur museum' in tribute to 70-million-year-old skeleton

The United States has returned a stolen, 70-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus skeleton to Mongolia.

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Nina Conti: The acclaimed ventriloquist on the seductions of acting and throat-singing

I struggled for 10 years as a jobbing actor Dad [the actor Tom Conti] was always very helpful. He said acting was about being real. It's a simple view, but it's difficult if you are not getting work in the first place. I felt a bit of a fraud calling myself an actor as I had so little work.

China says it is improving the lives of ethnic minorities in Inner Mongolia. Don't be fooled

Coal mining within the region has led to a major economic revival. But how has this prosperity benefited the nomads or the environment?

China wants to give minorities a higher standard of living. What's so tyrannical about that?

The 'tyrant China strikes again' line isn't always applicable. We need more perspective when looking at China's policies in the autonomous region of Inner Mongolia

Eric Prokopi and his family pose under a dinosaur skeleton

Fossils dealer smuggled Tyrannosaurus skeleton worth $1m

Eric Prokopi is accused of acquiring the ancient remains from Mongolia between 2010 and 2012

New maroon: faux-fur coat £80, asos.com

Like a fine wine

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DVD & Blu-ray: Ping Pong (E) Hugh and Anson Hartford DVD/Blu-ray (80mins)

"It's not how hard you play, it's where you put it," maintains Lisa Modlich, a fiercely competitive octogenarian and former French resistance fighter. She's one of the eight OAPs from around the world tracked in Hugh Hartford's lovely documentary about the Over-80s Table Tennis Championships, held in Inner

The last bronze statue of Vladimir Lenin was dismantled in the capital, Ulan Bator

Ulan Bator says goodbye, Lenin

The last bronze statue of Vladimir Lenin was dismantled in the Mongolian capital, Ulan Bator, yesterday. The monument was hoisted off its plinth in a park and dropped on to a flat-bed lorry at a ceremony attended by the Mayor, Bat-Uul Erdene.

Nazi statue made from intergalactic space dust

In 1938 a team of Nazi scientists, funded by Heinrich Himmler went looting in Tibet, where Himmler believed the Aryan race originated.

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