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My tally is in my head rather than on my laptop. Not being a high-flying politician, I guess my enemies are fewer and easier to remember than hers are.

US senator John McCain calls for talks with former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi

John McCain, the US senator, has urged Egypt’s military-backed government to release detained members of the Muslim Brotherhood before starting negotiations.

Like Al Capone, tax proves the downfall for Silvio Berlusconi, the 'man who never dies'

His vanity and his delusions of being an international statesman have taken a knock from which they’ll never recover

US senators question banks’ role in commodities

A US Senate hearing turned the spotlight on the role of big banks in the trading of key commodities yesterday, with one lawmaker questioning the extent to which lenders engage in the market for physical commodities.

Corporate tax avoiders face global crackdown

New global rules to force tax avoiders to “pay their fair share” will be introduced under a 15-point action plan launched by the OECD yesterday.

Immigration Minister Cecile Kyenge

Defamation case opened against racist Italian senator Roberto Calderoli as abuse of black minister continues

Local councillor receives suspended sentence for 'should be raped' comments and immigration minister Cecile Kyenge is met with noose protests

Former US Vice-President Dick Cheney with daughter Liz

Is the US Senate ready for another Cheney: Liz follows her father’s political path

Elder daughter of former vice president to challenge sitting Republican Senator Mike Enzi next year

Senator Wendy Davis delivered a 10-hour speech in the Texan state capitol to delay the vote on the bill on Tuesday

Texas passes abortion bill that bans most terminations after 20 weeks of pregnancy despite Wendy Davis' filibuster

Republican Governor Rick Perry certain to sign, disregarding historic 11-hour speech by Senator Wendy Davis

Rick Perry's 'Strong' and the 5 funniest US campaign videos

On Monday Texas Governor Rick Perry announced that he is retiring at the end of his term. Perry’s is most famous internationally for his hopeless run to be the Republican Presidential candidate in 2011-2012.

El Mundo yesterday printed a picture of a ledger purporting to show Mariano Rajoy received €42,000 in 1997

Allegations of slush fund cash payments hit Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was allegedly paid from a slush fund operated by the governing People’s Party (PP) when he was a minister in the 1990s, according to documents published in the newspaper El Mundo. The accusations drew denials from the PP and calls for Mr Rajoy’s resignation, from opposition parties weary of austerity measures and an economy mired in recession.

Immigration, crime, benefits: Everything you know about the state of the nation is wrong

The world we think we live in simply does not exist, and the media and politicians share the blame

New Australian PM Kevin Rudd

New Australian PM to launch crackdown on asylum seekers

Kevin Rudd signals tougher measures to stop illegal immigrants feigning refugee status

Senator Wendy Davis delivered a 10-hour speech in the Texan state capitol to delay the vote on the bill on Tuesday

Senator Wendy Davis vows to fight abortion bill again after marathon filibuster

Texas governor Rick Perry calls special legislative session to force through controversial bill to ban abortions in his state

Disgraced French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn

‘Animal instincts exist’: DSK makes comeback in Paris with appearance at Senate committee on tax evasion

Former IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, delivers confident lecture two years after claims he sexually assaulted maid

Wendy Davis' 10-hour speech propels her into the filibuster super league. She's in varied company

The rules for speaking in the Texas Senate are strict, so Davis' speech blocking an anti-abortion bill is a historical achievement - even if she missed her self-imposed target

Wendy Davis talked her way to a vital victory for US women last night

Let's hope the senator fights Texas' abortion bill a second time round

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there