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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

The Italian Ambassador Daniele Mancini arrives on 12 March 2013 at India's Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi, India

India extends travel ban on ambassador as stand-off escalates over Italian marines charged with shooting 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.

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom allowed to sue New Zealand spy agency over illegal surveillance

Entrepreneur is seeking damages from the country's government over a raid at his home last year

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag promises Caribbean pirate adventures

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag: details revealed

New game slated for October release, and promises Caribbean pirate adventures

Israel’s Palestinian-only buses prompt apartheid comparisons

Israel will open new “Palestinian bus routes” in the West Bank tomorrow after bowing to pressure from settlers who argue that sharing transportation is a  security risk.

EDF launches £5m civil claim against group of activists who shut down power station

The energy company EDF has launched a civil claim for £5m in damages against a group of activists who shut down one of its gas-fired power stations in a week-long protest last year.

The group was abducted while on a visit to Waza National Park

French special forces in Cameroon to search for seized family

French special forces have arrived in Cameroon in a bid to track down four children and three adults from the same family who have been kidnapped by Islamist militants. The four children, who were seized on Tuesday, have been separated from their parents according to the Cameroon government.

Footballs

Two hundred thousand counterfeit footballs found in Brazil

The balls included imitations of the Jabulani and Cafusa models

Album: Various artists, Son of Rogue's Gallery (Anti-Company)

A second volume of "pirate ballads, sea songs and chanteys" from the production house of Hal Willner. And this one's starrier than the first.

Sergio Parisse and his side are confident they can build on beating France

Scots braced for Sergio Parisse's history men

Italy look for first ever back-to-back wins in a Six Nations campaign against Johnson's side

Alex Thomson on record-breaking Vendée Globe course

British solo sailor Alex Thomson has set a new national record for sailing from the equator and back to the equator of 68d 14hr 53min. That is nearly three weeks quicker than the old record set by Mike Golding.

TV review: Borgen, Battle Ready

Tom Leece is Film and TV editor at Fourth & Main

Google Nexus 4

Bytesize: Google Nexus 4 review

It is not only the most powerful flagship smartphone on the market, but also the most affordable. After living with it for a month, Alex Masters reviews Google’s latest Nexus handset

Bytesize: Top 10 tech moments of 2012

2012 has offered some highs and lows, we've laughed, we've cried and here are our ten favourite moments

League Two preview: Prepare for Bristol Rovers Gas explosion

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