News Obama and Cameron cosy up for ‘inappropriate’ selfie with Danish PM at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service

The Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt has defended her now infamous ‘selfie’ with Barack Obama and David Cameron, claiming the snap that sparked debate across the world was just a “bit of fun”.

A selfie? On Cameron and Obama's part, this memorial snap was just plain shabby

Self-indulgence is typical of today's youth, but shouldn't be for our world leaders

PMQs: Inspired by Mandela, Cameron wanted to forgive his opponents

The Prime Minister was more good-natured than usual after his trip to South Africa

Labour Conference Sketch: Ed exorcises demons as Damian McBride spreads havoc in party’s scary movie

While Ed Miliband was lamenting to Andrew Marr on Sunday the falling living standards “so many people are facing…” the capsules behind him of the Brighton Wheel started slowly to move downwards as if to illustrate his point. So mesmerising was the sight that you wondered for a second if Damian McBride would leap down from one of them and advance on the studio, machete in hand.

Union support helped Ed Miliband defeat brother David, pictured in 2010

Nothing that Ed Miliband says on union influence on Labour will be enough to silence his many critics - on both sides

Sometimes leaders are trapped without an obvious escape route, as Miliband is now

Mersey beat: Ken Grant captured the spirit of Liverpool as it coped with two decades of distress

The photographer chronicled the turmoil in the north west in the 1980s and 1990s.

If the law had been enforced properly, there would be no hacking scandal, Leveson Inquiry, or change in regulation. So why do we need new laws?

Our Letters Editor applies common sense and rationality to Leveson's findings

Eminent Elizabethans, By Piers Brendon. Jonathan Cape £17.99

Lytton Strachey's Eminent Victorians (1918) pioneered a revolution in modern biography. In four short satirical essays he knocked some revered monuments of the previous generation – Cardinal Manning, Thomas Arnold, Florence Nightingale, General Gordon – off their pedestals, making it impossible for historians ever again to treat national heroes with fawning discretion. In 1979, Piers Brendon published a sort of sequel, Eminent Edwardians, in which he gave the same deflating treatment to another four icons.

Ed Miliband watched Durham Miners head to their Gala yesterday with his son, Daniel

Miliband brings Miners' Gala in from the cold

He's the first Labour leader to speak at Durham's union spree for decades, sparking cries of 'Red Ed'

Glaxo is fined £1.9bn in healthcare fraud scandal

GlaxoSmithKline was last night facing calls to be prosecuted in Britain after the drugmaking giant pleaded guilty to criminal charges and paid a $3bn (£1.9bn) fine to settle what US government officials called the largest case of healthcare fraud in American history.

£1.9bn fraud fine for Glaxo in US sparks calls for UK prosecution

GlaxoSmithKline was last night facing calls to be prosecuted in Britain after the drugmaking giant pleaded guilty to criminal charges and paid a $3bn (£1.9bn) fine to settle what US government officials called the largest case of healthcare fraud in American history.

Andrew Grice: It was love at first bite for Rupert Murdoch and Tony Blair

It was love at first bite. That is, when the executives from Rupert Murdoch’s Sunday Times newspaper invited a fresh-faced Labour frontbencher called Tony Blair to dinner.

Geraint Bowen: Archdruid of Wales who campaigned against nuclear dumping and championed Welsh-language television

As Archdruid of Wales from 1979 to 1981, Geraint Bowen was renowned for his hard-hitting speeches from the Logan Stone in the ceremonies of the Assembly of Bards of the Isle of Britain (the Gorsedd). Not only did he speak out against the Anglicisation of Wales and in defence of the Welsh language, as Archdruids are expected to do, but also lent his authority to the campaign for a fourth television channel broadcasting in Welsh and against the burying of nuclear waste. In this he ran the risk of upsetting some of the more pusillanimous officers of the National Eisteddfod, to which the Gorsedd is closely affiliated.

Leading article: Atrocities that we cannot hide away from

The terrible events that led to a court judgment against the British Government yesterday took place so long ago that it was before most of us were born. The Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya was one of the last violent dramas of the British Empire. The four Kenyans who were granted leave yesterday to sue the Government were young then but are in their seventies or eighties now.

Miliband says Murdoch's men are as bad as expenses MPs

Ed Miliband will mount a new attack on the Murdoch empire today, bracketing its executives with expenses fiddling MPs and reckless bankers as examples of a "responsibility deficit". The Labour leader will also call for a tougher Press Complaints Commission in a speech at the KMPG office.

50 years of PMQs

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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

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From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

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