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UN sees off bid to halt Kenyatta’s crimes against humanity trial

So the International Criminal Court can fight on in its struggle to bring tyrants to justice.

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No freedom of information law includes private communications between leaders

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The election that is currently occupying the minds of MPs more than any other is for the post of Deputy Speaker, to replace Nigel Evans, who stood aside while he faces criminal charges.

All change - Labour’s reshuffle was the more interesting

Meanwhile, the serious business was done in the Conservative part of the reshuffle, which saw the unspectacular advance of several women

Bridget Jones is single again, thank God. We need you more than ever

By the time Bridget had migrated to global bestseller lists and film stardom she’d become just a slapstick rom-com caricature

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They're chin demand – who’s got 2013’s best beard?

The Beard Liberation Front has named its Hirsute Personalities of the Year

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The Select Committees are stronger than ever and the post-2010, post-expenses scandal, intake is less deferential, especially on the Tory side

Don’t use the veto. It’s a devalued currency...

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Osborne plans to soften the blow of child benefit cut for richer families

Plans to soften the blow from withdrawing child benefit from higher-rate taxpayers will be announced in the Budget later this month.

Mitt Romney goes into tomorrow’s “Super Tuesday” boosted by his wins in Michigan and Arizona last week

Romney aims to regain aura of inevitablity as 'Super Tuesday' electoral contest looms

Exasperated with a primary process as protracted as it has been vicious, Republican Party grandees are looking to see if Mitt Romney can at last regain an aura of inevitability in tomorrow's "Super Tuesday" contests across 10 states.

Wladimir Putin won Russia's presidential election and addresses supporters in Kremlin, Moscow

Putin wins 'tainted' election

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin rolled to victory in Russia's presidential election today, according to exit polls cited by state television, but the vote was tainted by claims of violations, including "carousel voting" in which voters were bused around to cast several ballots.

Politics in Russia are no longer wholly predictable

Ever since 24 September last year, we have known the name of the winner of today's Russian presidential vote. That was the day when Vladimir Putin ended long-running speculation and instead of allowing his protégé, Dmitry Medvedev, a second term in the Kremlin, announced to Russia and the world that he would return himself.

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Final farewell to comedian Frank Carson

The funeral of the comedian Frank Carson took place yesterday in his home city of Belfast. Showbusiness figures from Britain and Ireland attended the requiem mass at St Patrick's Church.

John Rentoul: The wackiness has gone from No 10

David Cameron protests too much when he suggests that the departure of his adviser Steve Hilton will change nothing
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It has been a black week for Nicolas Sarkozy. At a pivotal time in the presidential election campaign, he has suffered what one French newspaper described as “une semaine horribilis”.

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