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.

Beijing, we have lift-off

After the Olympics, China's first space walk marks another milestone in the rise of a new superpower

Album: Hanggai, Introducing Hanggai (World Music Network)

This is music from the Mongolian grasslands, yet it emanates from the hutongs of Beijing, where Hanggai are spearheading a Mongolian folk revival.

Calm returns to Mongolia after protest against election results

Troops pulled back from the streets of the Mongolian capital yesterday and political leaders called for calm as authorities lifted emergency rule declared this week after rioting over alleged election fraud.

Mongol - the Rise to Power of Genghis Khan (15)

An epic biopic minus the meaty bits seems a bit like a Ghengis con

Mongol (15)

According to this account of the early life of Genghis Khan, he was less the brute of legend than a noble-souled warrior who observed Mongol law and became, what's more, a devoted husband.

Wolf Totem, By Jiang Rongtrs Howard Goldblatt

A rich new novel, set in the grasslands of Inner Mongolia, pays homage to a lost way of life

Jiang Rong: The hour of the wolf

The Chinese author has been jailed, denounced and barely escaped the death penalty. In Beijing, he tells Justin Hill why his epic novel has sold in its millions

Five Best: Wildlife retreats

Not enjoying your journalism work experience? Head for Shanghai!

Breaking into the British media has never been easy. Now, budding journalists are heading off around the world for valuable work experience.

Cave of the Yellow Dog (U)

The Third Leader: High old time

Despite all the bad stuff, it's impossible not to be insistently impressed by the extremely potent blend of adventure, ingenuity and determination that has brought humanity thus far. And so it is today with our report that last year's ban on magic mushrooms has stimulated a search and demand for legal alternatives that is, well, mushrooming.

TRAIL OF THE UNEXPECTED: SUMO SUSTENANCE: `The average wrestler weighs in at 28 stone'

IN A COUNTRY of slim, trim people it seems remarkable that there is a band of hefty heroes whose abilities are largely dependent on their girth. The average sumo wrestler weighs in at around 28 stone, while some have been known to top a whopping 45 stone. So what on earth do they eat?
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee