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.

Mongolia set to list vast mineral assets in London

Mongolia, home to potentially some of the world's largest mineral deposits, is set to float some of its state-owned mining assets after receiving proposals from a number of bourses, including the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

My Life In Travel: David Mitchell, novelist

'Places don't seduce you, but moments do'

5,000 flood Mongolia's capital, demand new governemt

More than 5,000 protesters surged through the center of Mongolia's capital to demand that parliament be dissolved and promised aid be handed out.

Terence Blacker: The secrets in your surname

They reveal family origins, as well as insights into one's life and character

Amy Jenkins: The fantasy that is violent women

Making Kick-Ass's main character female is what gives it a twist

Travel Agenda: Chessington World of Adventures; Aer Lingus; Wild Heart Gathering

Today: Experience a Maharaja's Market and Tuk Tuk Turmoil Dodgems by way of Surrey, at the new Wild Asia area at Chessington World of Adventures ( chessington.com ).

Baroness Park: Diplomat and Intelligence Service officer who served in Moscow, Hanoi, Africa and Mongolia

The shade of Daphne Park would not be the least disconcerted or offended – she was a Lady of powerful opinions pungently expressed – by being dubbed "Baroness Spooks".

Mongolian drought turns Beijing orange

Beijing was shrouded in orange dust over the weekend after a sandstorm that has spread over 313,000 square miles blew into the Chinese capital.

Molotov's Magic Lantern, By Rachel Polonsky

In search of a past behind Moscow's closed doors

Sue Montgomery: McCoy to buy Time for Aintree aim

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Mongolia or bust: The appeal of the Mongol Rally

Today 500 'totally unsuitable' vehicles set off for Ulan Bator. Why? Because it's there...

Katy Holland: Glamping - The coolest craze in canvas

Are we there yet? Step away from the tent poles right now – and consider glamping instead

Album: Jah Wobble and the Chinese Orchestra, Chinese Dub, (30 Hertz)

Since his seminal work with Public Image Limited some 30 years ago, no other bass player has left so recognisable a sonic footprint on their work than Mr Wobble.

Sumo wrestling world rocked by allegations

When it comes to the ancient sumo heritage, Japan's traditionalists have never exactly welcomed the influx of foreigners into the ring. Now the newcomers are threatening to blow the lid on the inner workings of the centuries-old sport, with bone-crunching allegations that wrestlers are being paid to dump fights.

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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

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The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

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Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
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Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...