News Cameron promised to pull the Conservatives out of the European People's Party because it is too pro-EU

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.

Yeltsin and Jiang solve border crisis

The Russian President, Boris Yeltsin, and the Chinese head of state, Jiang Zemin, yesterday ended a long-running border dispute that exploded into armed clashes in the 1960s.

fishing lines; Real trouble and strife

This was going to be a column about fishing in Mongolia. I had intended to tell you about our quest for taimen, the rarest fish in the northern hemisphere; the six-hour flight in a biplane that hadn't changed since Amy Johnson set her world record; what it's like living in a ger. But I can't any more.

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Fishing Lines: A land teeming with taimen

Well, that's got it down to 72lb. The trouble is, with temperatures plummeting at night to 30 degrees, I suppose a sleeping bag could be useful.

Unionists are split over seat at peace table

The Unionist population may be split down the middle on the question of whether the leader of the Ulster Unionist's, David Trimble should sit at the table with Sinn Fein when talks open in Belfast on Monday.

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Fishing Lines: Lured by a taimen in outer Mongolia

Do any readers know the Mongolian for: "I think a pinch of cardomon would spruce up that boiled camel nicely," or "Do you have anything bigger than a labrador for me to ride on?" or "The snow is falling through a hole in the yurt roof on to my sleeping bag"?


The third national Museums Week gets underway today (to 25 May) at venues around the UK. The annual celebration of Britain's cultural heritage has helped to kick into touch any lingering images of ancient displays lurking in dusty cases, with the emphasis now being very much on hands-on experiences. With this in mind, one of this year's themes is "Behind the Scenes" (three venues to head for are the

Dinosaur with brains and maternal instinct

Could the 80-million-year-old "egg thief" found beneath the sands of the Gobi Desert, and from Sunday on display at the Natural History Museum in London, be the most intelligent of all dinosaurs and the forebear of birds?

Fields of dreams we don't want to share

More people than ever are visiting the country, but they want to keep it to themselves

Trouble in Mongolia? Call the Godfather

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