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

Alan Watkins: Let the PM answer questions, Mr Speaker

Gordon Brown seems to enjoy special Commons protection, but his fellow Scot should remember he has a duty to the whole House

Alan Watkins: Green shoots, Mr Brown? I don't see them

As Mr Hain heads for the back benches, the Prime Minister's hope of regaining public trust for New Labour seems forlorn

The Year in Review: People

You asked the questions and they answered...

I don't believe in God, says Clegg

Nick Clegg revealed that he does not believe in God as he sketched out his policy priorities on his first full day as leader of the Liberal Democrats. Asked: "Do you believe in God?" during a BBC Radio Five interview, Mr Clegg replied simply: "No." Later he issued a statement in an attempt to ensure that his answer did not offend people with religious beliefs.

Clegg named leader of the Lib Dems

Nick Clegg was today elected the new leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Tory plans backfire as Lib Dems ridicule call for 'progressive alliance'

David Cameron has been rebuffed by the Liberal Democrats after appealing for a "progressive alliance" to be formed to challenge Gordon Brown.

Alan Watkins: The Lib Dem leader must keep his counsel

Clegg or Huhne will inherit a party in good order, thanks to Vince Cable, but will do well avoid talking about pacts

Athletics: Powell preparing to set record straight against Gatlin

As Michael Johnson would have expected, Asafa Powell had little to say for himself when he arrived in London yesterday. Other than the fact that he is capable of running 9.70 seconds for the 100 metres, 0.07sec faster than the world record he shares with Justin Gatlin. And that all those athletes who cheat with drugs should be banned for life, if not given jail sentences. Oh, and that he believes Gatlin's version of the record, set last month, was probably invalid.

Country life, Madeira style

Fuddy-duddy? Not this island. Its bars are buzzing, its clubbers party till dawn. And the latest place to stay is in one of its grand country mansions which have been given a stylish makeover. Katy Guest reports.

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Freddie's dream: Arsenal's casting as dangerous outsiders suits the destiny man

Day of atonement beckons as Ljungberg relishes European chance of a lifetime
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee