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Review into the quantity of guns sent to help UK firms after fears that some will end up in the wrong hands

Baidu, Taobao, QQ - three Chinese internet giants

Why isn't there an Asian Google?

New Economist report details why Asia trails the West when it comes to internet giants

How to make money from China, Taiwanese-style

Firms were quick to seize their chances when China finally opened up

Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis were partners for 14 years

‘The last couple of years have been a bit bumpy,’ admits Johnny Depp after break-up with partner Vanessa Paradis

Johnny Depp has spoken publicly for the first time about his break-up with partner, the French actress and singer Vanessa Paradis.

The Rolling Stones (top) will go head-to-head with The Beatles Bootleg (bottom) at Glastonbury

The great Beatles Vs The Rolling Stones rivalry reignited at Glastonbury 2013

Tribute band The Bootleg Beatles will go head-to-head with Sir Mick Jagger and co during the Somerset festival in two weeks' time

The LulzSec logo and Ackroyd (top-left), Al-Bassam (top right), Davis (bottom left) and Cleary

LulzSec hackers sentenced for sophisticated global cyber-attacks

Two jailed, another sent to young offenders unit and fourth handed suspended sentence

Amelia Andersdotter has been in the UK for a piracy debate

Amelia Andersdotter: Internet copyright laws? They can walk the plank, says Pirate Party politician

Ian Burrell talk to the Swedish MEP who wants free music and movie downloads to stop internet users being criminalised

Prime Minister David Cameron shakes hands with Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud

British military team will be sent to Somalia to train troops and help combat human rights abuses

UK will also contribute to a £50 million international fund for the state

Mondadori in Milan

Real Inferno for Dan Brown translators who toil in underground bunker to decode his latest book

Even Dante could not have conjured quite such a hellish punishment: for almost two months, 11 people were confined to an underground bunker in Italy and forced to read the new novel by Dan Brown – all day, every day. Brown's Inferno, which reportedly makes repeated reference to Dante's Inferno, is due for publication on 14 May.

Game over: Developers Patrick (left) and Daniel Klug

The pair making online pirates pay

In a bid to stop people downloading their new title for free, the Klug brothers created a version of their Game Dev Tycoon game that would virtually bankrupt anyone who tried it. Jamie Merrill reports

Consensual sex and rape – it’s really very simple

If you do something to someone’s intimate bits which you know s/he has not consented to or is unable to consent to, you are committing sexual assault or rape

Volvo round the world race delays decision on how to deal with threat of pirate attacks

Eight boats, all built to the new 65-foot design, are expected to leave Alicante, Spain

China girl: Mary Bevan (Lila) in Hull Truck’s The Firework Maker’s Daughter

Classical review: The Firework Maker's Daughter - Brace yourself for an explosive yarn

Add magnesium to strontium, and prepare yourself for fireworks

George Petherbridge: Swashbuckling footballer loved for his work rate and flair

Glance at a photograph of George Petherbridge in his 1950s Bristol Rovers heyday and he appears old before his time. The expression is watchful, almost anxious, and when seen taking to the pitch in the flesh at Eastville – Rovers' much-missed former headquarters, now the site of a vast convenience furniture store – the 5ft 4in Devon-born winger might have seemed a vulnerable figure, especially in comparison to the full-backs charged with marking him, often muscular hulks who appeared capable of eating him alive.

Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi resigned after Italy sent two marines to India to face trial for killing two fishermen

Italian minister quits after marines are sent back to India to face trial for killing two fishermen

The Italian Foreign Minister quit today after his government returned two marines to India to face trial for killing two fishermen.

Italian ambassador to India, Daniele Mancini, has had his travel ban extended 'until further notice'

India extends travel ban on Italian ambassador Daniele Mancini over missing marines who shot fishermen

The Indian Supreme Court today extended a travel ban on the Italian ambassador Daniele Mancini “until further notice,” escalating the diplomatic stand-off between the two countries.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there