Customs checks aimed at thwarting drug and gun smuggling have been overlooked since border security staff came under pressure to cut passenger queues

Security comprised as customs checks for drugs and guns cut to reduce queues at borders

Customs checks aimed at thwarting drug and gun smuggling have been overlooked since border security staff came under pressure to cut passenger queues during the London 2012 Olympics, the public spending watchdog has warned.

Germany is to become the first country in Europe to start giving parents the option of a third, 'indeterminate' gender description on the birth certificates for their newborns, in addition to standard choices of male or female

Germany to introduce 'indeterminate' gender to birth certificates

In what has been hailed as a legal revolution, Germany is to become the first country in Europe to start giving parents the option of a third, “indeterminate” gender description on the birth certificates for their newborns, in addition to standard choices of male or female.

Witty, lucid, sharp: Andrew Marr’s back – and it’s bad news for Alex Salmond

Matthew Bell witnesses a tour de force by the convalescing TV presenter in Edinburgh

Gallery reveals 25 pictures of ID theft suspects – that they apparently submitted themselves

Crimestoppers publishes line-up of pictures used with stolen personal details to apply for official documents

That's an A-list passport! Celebrity photos reveal not everybody struggles with the fickle photobooth

Passports include those of Marilyn Monroe, Jacqueline Kennedy and Katherine Hepburn, with each capturing the star in full Hollywood mode

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's father considers FBI request for him to visit son in Moscow

Lonnie Snowden has told Russian TV that he needs to know what the FBI want him to do before flying out to see his son

Dubai rape case: Norwegian woman receives 'pardon' after being jailed

Norwegian Marte Deborah Dalelv's sentencing to 16 months last week caused outrage in the West

Meshael Alayban: She was freed on $5m bail and fitted with a tracking device

Saudi princess living in the US charged with human trafficking

Meshael Alayban was arrested in California and charged with allegedly holding a Kenyan maid against her will. She could face up to 12 years in prison

Target people for their travel patterns, not their ethnicity

Twelve days after the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, I boarded a Pan Am jet at Frankfurt airport. But two Middle Eastern men did not. They were very publicly taken off the flight to Berlin, apparently because of their appearance and ethnicity. But if someone on that flight were to be denied boarding, it should have been me.

Jihadists from many countries – these are from Iraq – are travelling to Syria

Theresa May urges action on 'jihad tourism'

Home Secretary leads EU discussions on how to tackle terror threat from extremists returning from combat in Syria

A TV screen shows Edward Snowden appearing on the news, at a restaurant in Hong Kong

US authorities got NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's middle name wrong on extradition request, says Hong Kong

US complains Hong Kong was 'simply trying to create a pretext for not acting on the provisional arrest request'

10. You think Prince William is heir to the throne

Are you as young as you feel or as old as you look?

Few thirtysomethings get taken for 17-year-olds, but it's not just appearances that hold the clues to youth

French actor Gerard Depardieu fined €4,000 and banned from driving

French actor Gerard Depardieu fined €4,000 and banned from driving

The actor was found to be three times over the legal drinking limit when driving his scooter last November

Within the EU a passport can be used to travel up to the last valid day

EasyJet admits bungle after barring passenger with two months left on his passport

Questions remain about budget airline's initial intransigence over the issue

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General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
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Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
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Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
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How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

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Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

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The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
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London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

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