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Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and President Francois Hollande

François Hollande faces growing pressure to sack PM Marc Ayrault

The French president has been left with little room for manoeuvre by collapsing poll ratings

Wikileaks, Bitcoin and Raspberry Pi named by UK trust for promoting 'inspiring social change'

Projects covered a range of areas including "social exclusion", "access to knowledge" and "civic empowerment"

Wrong words: Senator Rand Paul has been castigated for using unattributed material

As somebody else once said... Kentucky senator Rand Paul exposed for plagiarism

Out of America: He has been nailed for using in a book of his a passage taken from Forbes magazine – but only in America could it threaten his promising career

The house in Fitzroy Square Google rented for two days

Master of the house: Google's 'home of the future' is an on-message eye-opener

Cooking using your voice, watching films with a dongle and improving snaps with an app...Simon Usborne visits the house in London that the company has chosen as a showcase for the way it wants to run your life

Jack Wilshere has taken to Twitter to defend his comments on whether foreign players should be able to play for England

Comment: Playing for England should be for people who feel English

I have lived in England for 13 years - but I do not feel English

Ritz raises valuation as interest from would-be buyers continues

The Barclay brothers have received "several unsolicited approaches" to buy The Ritz in London's Piccadilly, according to the luxury hotel's latest accounts.

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US shutdown hits holidaymakers

The aim is to ensure that not a single breeding pair of rats survive to repopulate the island

Dutch police recruit rats to sniff out criminals

The Dutch police are pioneering a new approach to catching criminals, recruiting rats to sniff out crime.

Thames Duck boat fire: Passengers jump overboard to escape blaze on London Duck Tours vessel

Latest blaze compounds safety fears over craft after two similar incidents earlier this year

Once bitten, twice shy for Dixons as it vows to shun the internet

Sebastian James, the boss of Currys and PC World owner Dixons, has vowed to stick to the High Street in the future after the sale of its loss-making online-only business Pixmania came a step closer.

Republicans divided over spending and Obamacare legislation support

As the conflicts over Obamacare and the raising of the debt ceiling continue in the US Congress, it is becoming clear that those battles are not merely Republican versus Democrat, but also Republican versus Republican.

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NANA: A café for nanas, run by nanas, seeks crowd-funding

NANA Comfort Food and Craft Café takes to KickStarter to raise money for toilet conversion in east London

Coroner rules that elderly woman did not die from tea spilled on her in care home accident

Nursing home inquest: Tea scalding ruled out as causing death of Margaret Young

Coroner rules that wound was caused by cellulitis infection, not hot drink, and that there was no evidence 73-year-old would have survived if different action was taken

Steve Smith and Brad Haddin

Ashes 2013: England's hopes of 4-0 win dashed by smashing Steve Smith

Hosts end the day 32/0 in reply to Australia's 492/9 declared

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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