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The letter comes ahead of military exercises between the US and South Korea that the North sees as provocative

100-year sentences deny perpetrators the chance of change - and allow us to forget their humanity

Much as we should be disgusted by their crimes, locking people up for a century will not make our country a safer place

Anti-government protesters jump over a concrete barricade as they get closer to the Government House in Bangkok today

For the sake of a better Thailand, we must put our differences aside

The country and its people have a long way to go in the democratic process

Shining example: Dan Carter sports the cap he received for making his 100th Test appearance

Before Dylan Hartley departed England worked out what it takes to make the Kiwis blink

His eye an egg, Chris Robshaw convinced as the vanquished captain, but looking around the pitch at the close, having briefly led the best team in the world, there was vindication as well as the scars.

Milos Zeman (left) thanked Israel's Shimon Peres for referring to his country as Czechia

What's in a name? Czech Republic mulls shock rebranding as Czechia

Support is growing for a national name change. But would ‘Czechia’ really do the trick?

Emeritus professor at the University of Edinburgh, British Peter Higgs is seen inside the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) tunnel in Geneva. Higgs is best known for his theory explaining the origin of mass of elementary particles in general and the Higgs Boson in particular. It is anticipated that the LHC, the largest scientific instrument ever made, will determine the existence of the Higgs Boson.

Peter Higgs: There could be no more gracious or deserving winner of a Nobel Prize

The lectures he gave at university were as inspiring as what has happened today

Erna Solberg (left), leader of the Conservative Party, and Progress Party leader Siv Jensen after signing the coalition agreement

Anti-immigrant party gains power after Norway drifts to the right

Progress Party in government for first time since 1973 in Conservative coalition

James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave in Much Ado About Nothing

Theatre review: Much Ado About Nothing

James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave fail to sparkle

The Progress Party appears on course to enter government, despite its past links to Anders Breivik

Norway election results: Anti-immigrant party with links to mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik set to enter government under Conservative leader Erna Solberg

Utoya mass murderer Breivik was a member of the populist right-wing Progress party, which is set to join three centre-right parties in a coalition

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Attacks on disabled people still rife - one year on from Paralympics triumph

Success of GB athletes fails to alter attitudes, as poll shows widespread verbal and physical abuse

Ben Chu: Bank of England boss, Mark Carney, may have to wield the big stick of QE if he is to win City support

"Don't fight the Fed" is one of a traditional axiom of bond traders. It means that if the US central bank wants interest rates to move in a certain direction, they ultimately will, so you'd better not get in the way. But "don't fight the Bank of England" does not have the same folk-wisdom status on trading floors. And that's the nub of the problem facing Mark Carney and his policy of forward guidance.

Mugabe, centre left, with his wife Grace; he made the comments at the Heroes' Day rally in Harare

Robert Mugabe tells opponents who dispute Zimbabwe election results to 'go hang... commit suicide'

President dismisses Movement for Democratic Change as Western stooges

Education Secretary Michael Gove

‘Jingoistic and illegal’ – what teachers think of Michael Gove's national curriculum reforms

Over 100 historians claim Education Secretary’s plan ‘lacks balance and promotes political views’

Ben Chu: Why isn't a global tax on multinational profits on the agenda for G8?

Outlook Big Brother watched you. And Google? Google just loves you. The internet search leviathan's boss Eric Schmidt told us so this week. "Google will continue to invest in the UK no matter what you guys do," he told the audience at the company's annual Big Tent shindig this week. "We love you guys too much".

Prize-winning author Alice Walker gives support to David Icke on Desert Island Discs

When asked which book she would take were she to be an isolated castaway, the author of The Color Purple chose Icke’s Human Race Get Off Your Knees

The Sketch: Will Nicholas Soames be remembered as the new Horatius?

Rising to his feet, Nicholas Soames, the larger than life – in every sense – Tory MP for Mid-Sussex spread a frisson of anticipation among MPs assembled for day three of the Queen’s Speech debate.

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