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Like many men, I am a lazy, good-for-nothing, selfish, forgetful, patronising, sex-obsessed bastard who drinks too much. Or so my wife points out. It's strange that I have ended up like this. I tried not to. I really did.

Police held gay rights activists who staged a protest against the Bill, which targets those who promote homosexuality to children

Activists held in protest over ‘gay propaganda’ bill

Russian parliament approves outlawing the promotion of homosexual links

Prince Harry, or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, at the British controlled flight-line in Camp Bastion

Prince Harry might think war is just a game, but as a propaganda tool he has his safety, Afghanistan's future, and the lives of British soldiers at risk

Captain Wales's tales of derring-do might be tactical victories but strategic folly

Prince Harry, or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, at the British controlled flight-line in Camp Bastion

Prince Harry is a tabloid hero - and not just because they're going to plaster him across the front pages

As part of a deal with the media, Buckingham Palace has revealed he served in Afghanistan. Helpfully, they provided some quotes about his affection for The Sun

Leftists displaying banners and portraits of the late Chinese leader

Duel in the newsroom... How paper took on Chinese propaganda chief - and lost

Insider tells how Communist official demanded editorial be printed

Editors at Chinese newspaper call for end to party censorship

Editors of the Southern Weekend newspaper have asked for an end to advance censorship.

Book of a lifetime: Maus by Art Spiegelman

I'm not ashamed to admit it; I do read prose books. However, being a writer and artist of graphic novels, I find myself obliged to choose one in order to champion the form in general.

Communist Party leader Xi Jinping - now has his own fan club

'Fans' fawn over China's new leader

When Communist Party leader Xi Jinping made his first official trip outside the capital last weekend, to the prosperous southern province of Guangdong, his every movement was fawningly chronicled by a mysterious new microblog that seemed always one step - and many days — ahead of the official media.

Sheng Qi: 'Cutting off my finger was my proudest moment'

Chinese artist Sheng Qi committed an act of physical protest during the Tiananmen Square massacre. He tells Emily Jupp it is still his proudest moment

Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest: conquered by Israel

Amid all the coverage of the recent outbreak of violence in Gaza, The New Yorker has zeroed in on the aspect of the conflict which though seemingly insignificant, may have far reaching consequences: Israel's announcement via Twitter of the start of their military campaign and the subsequent spat between the Israel Defense Force's @IDFSpokesperson and @AlqassamBrigade, the official account of Hamas's military arm.

Page 3 Profile: Xi Jinping, Chinese Politician

The new President of China?

Free Tibet: teenage monks and woman in self-immolation protest for congress

Three teenage Tibetan monks and a woman set fire to themselves to protest Chinese rule on the eve of a pivotal Communist Party congress, activists said today.

Can Xi Jinping save China from itself?

If you're interested in the direction of the 21st century, clearly the biggest political event taking place over the next few weeks is happening on November 8th. Not, not the American election. That's November 6th. We're talking about the ascension of Xi Jinping to the position of chief of China's ruling Communist Party, which means that he'll be President of China come March. That's a big deal. In their top leader this week, the super-brains of the Economist - where the average staff age, by the way, is 28 - explain why.

Sir Norman Bettison, West Yorkshire's chief constable, faces call to resign

Bettison 'must go now' over Hillsborough says former police authority head

West Yorkshire Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison should stand down now, according to the man who chaired his police authority until a fortnight ago.

Sex site runs small penis competition

Calling Danish men with small penises, this could be (sort of) your lucky day. An erotic website is hosting a competition to discover the tiniest piece of male genitalia in Denmark - and, in exchange for having their willy plastered across the web, the winner will receive an iPhone.

Vladimir Putin: An exhibition in the President’s honour is called “Putin: The Most Kind-Hearted Man in the World”

Kremlin cranks up the propaganda for Putin's 60th birthday

Kremlin officials like to insist that the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, does not care for big birthday bashes and that he was to spend his 60th birthday yesterday quietly celebrating with close friends and family in his home city, St Petersburg.

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