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Francis has already used the symbolic power of his office to change attitudes

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One of London’s oldest car dealerships today urged shareholders to reject a £32.5 million offer for the business from Malaysian billionaire and owner of Premier League football club Cardiff City Vincent Tan.

Register as an organ donor and ensure life after death - ancient Egyptian-style

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Bjorn Hansen lifts Stena Match Cup trophy for the third time

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From Uncle Tom to Uncle Sam: a jubilant Democrat delegate, dressed
head-to-foot in the Stars and Stripes

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Gordon Brown's activist sister-in-law Clare Rewcastle Brown denied entry to Malaysian state

Clare Rewcastle Brown has spear-headed a campaign against corruption in the state of Sarawak

Alexander Lebedev trial: A fittingly bizarre end to court case that felt like a farce

The final day of hearings in the trial of Alexander Lebedev was a fittingly bizarre end to a case that has rarely seemed to conform to normal ideas of justice.

Mobile phone revolution begins in Burma

Burma has granted licences to Norway’s Telenor and Qatar’s Ooredoo to set up the country’s first foreign-owned mobile phone networks.

The Indonesian President has apologised for the record-setting pollution caused by forest fires in his country

Indonesian President says sorry to Singapore for fires that have bathed city in toxic fog

The Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has apologised to Singapore and Malaysia for the record-setting pollution caused by forest fires in his country.

Singapore officials consider legal action against forest fire companies over the heaviest smog to ever cover the city

Officials in Singapore are considering whether to take legal action against two companies in connection with the severe smog that has clouded the city following forest fires in Indonesia.

Alexander Lebedev

Martial arts experts give evidence in Lebedev trial

The court trying Alexander Lebedev on charges of “hooliganism motivated by political hatred” heard testimony from martial arts experts today, in another surreal twist in a case that has often bordered on farce. Mr Lebedev, Russian businessman and financial backer of The Independent, is on trial for punching fellow tycoon Sergei Polonsky on a 2011 television programme and could be jailed for up to five years in jail if convicted.

Arsenal match in Vietnam in doubt after stadium owners hike fees

The Gunners are due to become the first Premier League to play in the country

Cambodia passes law making denial of Khmer Rouge genocide illegal

New law threatens to reopen old wounds in the country, where 1.7m died at the hands of the rebel group

Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi talks to reporters during a news conference at the World Economic Forum

Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi 'honest' about desire to become the country's president

Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has underlined her desire to become the country’s president, saying to pretend otherwise would be dishonest. She also said that if everyone in the country benefited from democratic reforms it would be harder for them to be rolled back.

The BA link-up with Bangkok Airways will give BA customers access to Phuket, Koh Samui and Chiang Mai

BA links up with Bangkok Airways for access to Phuket, Koh Samui and Chiang Mai

British Airways passengers will be able to fly to popular Thailand hotspots thanks to a new airline link-up.

Rebecca Leighton, 29, spent six weeks in custody after being charged in July 2011

Nurse cleared in Stepping Hill Hospital poisoning investigation to sue police

A nurse who was arrested and then later freed over the alleged poisoning deaths of hospital patients is to sue the police.

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