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Where are you now and what can you see? I am at home on a winter morning. It is still dark and the ferry has its lights on as it comes across the water.

Isabella Sorley, 23, and John Nimmo, 25, arrive at Westminster Magistrates Court, London

Two guilty of sending 'menacing' tweets to Caroline Criado-Perez

Two people have pleaded guilty to sending "menacing" tweets to a feminist campaigner following her successful campaign to ensure a woman features on British banknotes.

5 more important ways that Nick Griffin is bankrupt

The leader of the BNP Nick Griffin was yesterday declared bankrupt. He doesn't own a house, and has run out of money. But there are some other, probably more important things that the far-right politician lacks...

News from Berlin, By Otto de Kat (Translated by Ina Rilke) - Review

It’s wartime, 1941. Dutch diplomat Oscar Verschuur’s family are dispersed throughout Europe. He is posted in Switzerland, his wife Kate volunteers in a London hospital and his daughter Emma is married to Carl, a “good” German, and is based in Berlin.

Money alert: Plastic fivers and tenners

The Bank of England has confirmed that the next £5 and £10 banknotes will be printed on polymer, a thin flexible plastic film, rather than on the cotton paper currently used.

An audience with the Pope: a who's who of British politics attend an address by Pope Benedict XVI at Westminster Hall, in 2010

Onward cabinet soldiers!

The Tory Minister for Faith, Baroness Warsi, has scant proof to support her claim that religion has been ushered back into Whitehall by Coalition 'Do Godders'

Book review: The Blunders of our Governments, By Anthony King and Ivor Crewe

The Blunders of our Governments would have been a compelling if uncomfortable read at any moment (and for any governing party) during the past half century or so. But Professor Anthony King and Sir Ivor Crewe’s analysis of the persistent incompetence of our ruling classes is especially pertinent right now. Indeed, in their postscript, they suggest that David Cameron’s administration, far from learning from his predecessors, “may turn out to be the most blunder-prone government of modern times”.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Up close and personal: Evans’ resignation speech was tough on everyone

Even crusty journalists have displayed a heart which I have never before witnessed

Nigel Evans makes a personal statement to MPs in the House of Commons

'I will see this through to the end': MP Nigel Evans protests his innocence over rape and sex charges

Alleged offences span a period of a decade and are said to have taken place in London and Lancashire

James Moore: A new note – in more ways than one

Outlook Forget the gold standard. Britain's currency is about to go plastic. No, the Bank of England is not suggesting linking sterling to the price of plastic, if there were such a thing.

MoD to sell old War Office building

The Ministry of Defence is to sell one of its historic Whitehall buildings as part of a money-saving drive.

The News Matrix: Thursday 15 August 2013

Cameron’s Cabinet to meet in Scotland

Chris Bryant is the kind of clever-clever type that people long to see taking a pratfall

Andy McSmith's Sketch: Some will see only the pratfall, but Chris Bryant has got hold of the agenda

Sketch: When attacking an organisation that big, it is not a bad idea to be in command of your facts

Stop touching Churchill or Thatcher, MPs told (their statues, that is)

Touching statues of the former prime ministers is a gesture believed to bring good luck but is causing wear and tear

English novelist Jane Austen from an original family portrait

Jane Austen emerges as front-runner to replace Charles Darwin on £10 note

Announcement follows row over choice of Sir Winston Churchill to appear on £5 notes in place of one of only two women selected since historical figures were introduced in 1970

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

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Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

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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
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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