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.

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Diplomat and spy who served in Hanoi during the Vietnam War

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Scotland's cashmere factories shrug off trade war fears for record year

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Are you naturally bow-legged? Have you always wanted to be a cowboy, or girl? Is your idea of the perfect holiday galloping through Ghana, rodeoing in Rajasthan or saddling up in Spain? If you're horse-crazy, you'll know a riding holiday no longer means a wet weekend in Wales. If you grew up with Thelwell but want more sophisticated horse-play, Lucy Gillmore gives you some ideas

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Books: A phantom menace that stalks the earth

Lawrence Norfolk applauds the globe-trotting, shape-shifting ambitions of an astonishing fictional debut; Ghostwritten by David Mitchell Sceptre, pounds 10, 436pp

The Broader Picture: Fiddler on the hoof

THIS IS DAGIRANZ, a retired Mongolian superstar, playing his horse- headed fiddle to a gathering of camels. Dagiranz was discovered in a local talent competition in his early forties, and duly became the country's most celebrated singer - their homegrown Bing Crosby. His career was long and distinguished: he starred in many films and had a large, faithful following, but when he reached the age of 70 he decided to retire. After living for 26 years in Ulan Bataar, the capital of Mongolia, he made the journey back to the region on the edge of the Gobi Desert where his family had lived for generations, and where he had grown up.

I am drunk, he is blotto, they are bladdered...

IN A country famous for its pubs it should come as no surprise that the British have so many words for getting drunk.
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