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Two PMs and rival police chiefs leave Papua New Guinea in chaos

Papua New Guinea, the resource-rich, volatile Pacific nation to Australia's north, is entering a fourth day of political chaos today, with two men vying to run the police force, two men – each with his own cabinet – claiming to be the prime minister, and a governor-general dumped for taking sides.

Mark Hix photographed in London with his pintade au vin

Mark Hix's pintade au vin

In France, cooking a coq au vin is part of the national heritage – you just walk into your local butcher's and pop a coq in your basket. In this country, the dish doesn't translate so well – apart from anything else it isn't easy to find a cock bird. The point of using a cock bird for coq au vin is that the meat is a bit tougher, tastes better and is perfect for long, slow cooking so that the wine flavour permeates the dish.

Ethnic violence in Papua New Guinea leaves nine dead

Nine people have been killed and hundreds of properties destroyed in three days of ethnic clashes in Lae, the second biggest city in Papua New Guinea (PNG), the volatile Pacific nation which is home to more than 1,000 ethnic groups.

Investment Column: Hamworthy helped by going with the flow

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Kanté Manfila: Pioneering guitarist with the Malian band Les Ambassadeurs

A greatly respected but underrated artist, Kanté Manfila was best known as the leader of Les Ambassadeurs, one of the most popular Malian bands of the 1970s and early 80s.

The world has 8.7 million species (but we've hardly met any of them)

The estimate is based on how species are classed together, using a system developed by Linnaeus in the 18th century

It's Mambo vs Mabo as surf brand rides into aboriginal spat

It is Mambo versus Mabo, and it looks like the Australian surfwear company whose T-shirts feature a cartoon Jesus and farting dogs picked the wrong fight.

Guinean President survives attempt on his life

Guinea's democratically elected President survived an assassination attempt early yesterday when gunmen descended on his home, an attack that throws into doubt the political stability of this country with a history of coups and military rule.

Peter York: It's the old, old story of class

We are mesmerised by the furious email sent by Carolyn Bourne to her step-son’s future wife – it sums up a great national pastime

Medi-tainment: Do TV patients get a bum deal?

'Medi-tainment' shows focusing on embarrassing ailments attract huge ratings. Meg Carter wonders if this is more exploitation than education

England remain sixth in Fifa world rankings

Spain stayed top of the FIFA rankings today as the 10 top places remained unchanged, while Afghanistan reached their highest-ever position.

The Sketch: Chris Huhne takes his opponents' points with surprising nonchalance

That was a week the Libs perfected their decapitation strategy. To kill a political party by taking its head off. They never managed it against the Tories but it's a fine exit strategy for themselves.

Australia condemned over deal to ship refugees to Malaysia

Australia's latest initiative to deter asylum-seekers by sending them to Malaysia was roundly condemned yesterday, with critics noting that Kuala Lumpur has refused to sign the United Nations Refugee Convention and has a record of mistreating refugees.

Australia moves back to reviled 'Pacific Solution' for migrants

The most most reviled policy of Australia's former right-wing prime minister, John Howard was detaining asylum-seekers on remote Pacific islands to deter a threatened flood of them.

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Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

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Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

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French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

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A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

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Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

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Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

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