Donald Macintyre's Sketch: As it is, Ed Miliband’s language fails – another sobering Commons tale

“The press was squared / the middle class was quite prepared.” Hilaire Belloc’s words about another Prime Ministerial hopeful could have been written for Ed Miliband this week. How better to describe his article in the Daily Telegraph, no less, promising to “save the middle class”?

Amritsar massacre: David Cameron launches inquiry into ‘SAS involvement’ in 1984 Golden Temple killings

Previously secret documents indicate Margaret Thatcher knew about possible SAS involvement in 1984 Indian army raid

Free vegetarian food is served at the Sikh temple in Ilford, Essex

Gurdwaras-turned-food banks: Sikh temples are catering for rise in Britain’s hungry

Each week across the UK, around 5,000 vegetarian meals are served to the needy

Mohammad Sarwar was an MP for Glasgow from 1997 to 2010

UK's first Muslim MP Mohammad Sarwar becomes governor of Pakistan's Punjab province

Mr Sarwar was an MP for Glasgow from 1997 to 2010

Raja Harinder Singh Brar

The maharaja, the faked will and a 24-year wait for a £3bn inheritance

It is a fortune fit for a maharaja – the former Maharaja of Faridkot, Harinder Singh Brar, to be exact. And after a two-decade legal battle, a court in northern India has ruled that Brar’s will was forged, allowing his two daughters to inherit his vast £2.86bn legacy.

Three centuries, two world wars and two continents: the amazing life of the world’s oldest woman, who has died at the age of 115

Sant Kaur Bajwa was also officially the world's second oldest person

Ethos of Empire: G A Henty (1832-1902)

Invisible Ink: No 179 - G A Henty

You may only be familiar with GA Henty's name if you walk the dog in London's Brompton Cemetery, where he's buried, but in his time he was very well known indeed. A prolific novelist and special correspondent who reported on the appalling conditions of the Crimean War, he wrote 122 novels by my count, and you'll probably find one or two on the shelves of your local Ukip office, assuming anyone there can read.

Nawaz Sharif has won Pakistan's election, but a patchwork of power is emerging at the regional level

No political party enjoys anything close to consistent support across the four provinces

Omar Waraich: Nawaz Sharif’s election victory inspires new hope for Pakistan

It was one of history’s astonishing turns. In 1999, Nawaz Sharif was overthrown in a military coup. He was thrown behind bars, along with his brother and other ministers.

The death sentence of Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar must not be carried out. It will divide India

After a conviction based solely on shaky evidence, Bhullar's appeal for clemency was rejected by the Indian government on earlier this year and time is running out

Round-Up: Ton for Steven Davies helps Surrey canter home

Steven Davies hit 127 off just 104 balls to give Surrey a nine-wicket win over Hampshire in the Yorkshire Bank Pro 40 yesterday.

Ryan Harris injury increases Aussie woe

Australia's plans for the Ashes were hit last night by the news that pace bowler Ryan Harris will be out of action for up to two months with an Achilles injury.

India v Australia: Opening day of third Test washed out

Australia trail 2-0 in the four-match series

Mickey Arthur (left) with Shane Watson before the Australia vice-captain left the squad

Mickey Arthur reveals Aussie attitude problem

Mickey Arthur, the Australia coach, has warned his players they must raise their game if they want to become the top-ranked Test team once more.

Australia vice-captain Shane Watson has been dropped from the next Test against India

Shane Watson 'considering future' after he and three others are dropped from Australia cricket team for India Test after not doing their homework

James Pattinson, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Johnson join vice-captain in sitting out Mohali test

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