News Office politics: Mr Ortikov’s troubles began as a British embassy employee

Guard who refused to be a spy says UK turned its back on him

Queen's Birthday Honours: Gay marriage opponent Edward Leigh knighted

Edward Leigh, a right-wing Tory MP and opponent of gay marriage, has been knighted. His opposition to David Cameron’s line on gay marriage is only the latest of a series of public disagreements he has had with successive party leaders from John Major onwards.

EU referendum: A rabbit from a hat... or is it just a dead duck?

The Prime Minister’s aggressive European gambit has prompted a furious debate about Britain’s future. Here, influential figures tell The Independent whether he’s done the right thing...

If the bald look is a boon in business, why doesn’t it work in politics?

The bald head apparently now represents potency and decisiveness, but shiny-headed men are still on the sidelines

MPs including Sir Menzies Campbell and Richard Drax will attend the Games as VIP escorts

Politicians prepare to mix business with pleasure at London Olympics

It is a tough job but, as they say, somebody has to do it. More than 60 ministers and MPs have been drafted in to act as escorts for foreign VIPs coming to watch the Olympics, The Independent has learnt.

Olympic tickets may be cancelled in black market touting scandal

Allegations of black market touting by foreign Olympic committees could see thousands of tickets cancelled, but an inquiry into the scandal may not be completed before the Games begin.

Heywood: said he felt safe

David Cameron 'likely' to raise Neil Heywood case at Li Changchun meeting

Prime Minister David Cameron is "likely" to raise the death of British businessman Neil Heywood when he meets a senior Chinese Communist Party official in Downing Street tomorrow, aides said today.

Nick Clegg urges 'no' to Scottish independence

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has urged Scots to say "No" to independence before working to achieve more devolved power within the United Kingdom.

Ed Davey who has replaced Chris Huhne as Energy Secretary

Ed Davey takes over as Energy Secretary

Ed Davey has replaced Chris Huhne as Energy Secretary, Downing Street announced today.

Richard O'Dwyer faces being sent to the US for trial

Clegg is silent over computer student facing deportation to US

In opposition, he condemned 'lopsided' extradition laws. But he has said nothing to help this Sheffield programmer

Blair attacks Cameron's reaction to looting

Tony Blair made a rare return to domestic politics yesterday to dispute David Cameron's claim that we live in a broken society, as cracks in the Coalition showed over human-rights law.

After 17-year fight for justice, families of Chinook pilots win MoD apology

Insufficient evidence led the inquiry to determine it was impossible to find that the pilots had been negligent

Southern Cross collapse leaves elderly care in limbo

The grim truth about the demise of care home company Southern Cross was confirmed to its shareholders yesterday in an extraordinary meeting which followed news of its closure on Monday.

UK 'should review relations with Rwanda'

The British Government faces demands to review its close relationship with Rwanda, following the revelation that Rwandan expats living in the UK have been warned that they are the target of assassins sent by the African government.

James Corrigan: With all his troubles does Woods need a coach who thinks he can save the world?

Nobody should doubt the sincerity of this Robin Hood in a Nike-sponsored visor; least of all a cynical Brit. But what can be queried is Tiger's need for all this

William Hague dismisses resignation claims

William Hague has dismissed claims he has lost his "mojo" and is ready to resign as Foreign Secretary.

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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London