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Chongjin camp gets 2.8 user rating

Northern Ireland negotiations move closer to agreement

Negotiations over the issues of historical killings, parades and flags were “80 to 90 per cent” completed, the Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt said on Sunday.

The former oil tycoon and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky stands next to a poster of himself, part of the Wall Museum exhibition near the old Berlin Wall

Mikhail Khodorkovsky speaks out: ‘I am not the last political prisoner’

Speaking for the first time since his release, Mikhail Khodorkovsky says he will campaign for fellow inmates in Russia and across the world but will not challenge President Putin’s authority

Vladimir Putin vows to pardon jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Former Yukos Oil tycoon was convicted of tax evasion and embezzlement

‘Detainees are made to dig their own graves’: Former guard speaks out as satellite images show North Korean gulags are growing

Amnesty International report reveals female political prisoners are raped and then made to ‘disappear’

The Yellow Pages publisher's shares were suspended

Hibu shareholders condemn directors for pulling out of a grilling at meeting

Angry shareholders in the Yellow Pages publisher hibu have accused the directors of “deplorable” behaviour and cowardice for pulling out of a special general meeting, where they were set to face a grilling.

Nelson Mandela is said to be doing 'fine' as he recovers at home

Nelson Mandela recovery continues: Former wife Winnie says he is doing 'fine'

Update on health of former anti-apartheid figurehead comes as his foundation is award the US Dole Leadership Prize of $25,000

Burma's return to Miss Universe contest after 50-year break sparks controversy

Burma's decision to compete in the Miss Universe contest for the first time in 50 years has sparked controversy with activists saying the move is being used by the government to try and convince the world that the country has inexorably changed.

Oscar Espinosa Chepe: Dissident economist jailed by Fidel Castro

Oscar Espinosa Chepe was a high-level Cuban economist and diplomat who broke with Fidel Castro's government in the 1990s and was imprisoned for dissident activities. He was one of 75 writers and political activists locked up in 2003 during the "Black Spring", a notorious crackdown on dissent that provoked international criticism and EU sanctions lasting five years.

We will not seek to develop nuclear weapons, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani tells US TV

The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said yesterday that his government would never develop nuclear weapons and that he has full authority to negotiate a nuclear deal with the West.

I was lucky to escape with my life. The massacre of Iranian political prisoners in 1988 must now be investigated

Thousands were executed simply for their support of the PMOI

The News Matrix: Wednesday 24 July 2013

Obama focuses on middle classes

Burma: Political prisoners freed after promise
to release them all

Nearly 70 political prisoners were freed yesterday, days after the Burmese President, Thein Sein, promised to free all who remain behind bars for opposing the government by the year’s end.

Abu Qatada's father, Mahmoud Othman Omar, right, and brothers Mohammad, left, and Ibrahim, centre, wait for his arrival in court in Amman

Abu Qatada will be a free man in Jordan soon, his family predict

On the streets of Amman where Britain’s Public Enemy No 1 grew up, Fernande van Tets discovers a very different view of him

Marine Le Pen, leader of France's National Front

Marine Le Pen may face racial hatred charge after losing MEP immunity

The leader of France’s far-right National Front party, Marine Le Pen, was stripped of her parliamentary immunity, opening the way for charges of inciting racial hatred to be laid against her.

Nelson Mandela: Why the world won't let go

How extraordinary for a man - a stranger to most of us - to engender such warmth and respect that so many grown-ups feel bereft at the thought of his passing

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links