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French First Lady Valérie Trierweiler turns against President's ex Ségolène Royal

France's First Lady, Valérie Trierweiler, provoked a political and conjugal storm yesterday by publicly supporting a rebel candidate against Ségolène Royal, President François Hollande's former partner.

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Golden Dawn party's Ilias Kasidiaris sues Greek TV channel

The spokesman of Greece's extreme-right Golden Dawn party, who caused uproar last week by hitting one politician and throwing a glass of water over another during a live TV news programme, is suing the two candidates and the channel that hosted the show.

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Burma's President declared a state of emergency yesterday in a western state where tensions between Buddhists and Muslims have unleashed deadly violence.

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Ed Miliband widens Scottish independence debate

Labour leader Ed Miliband will argue today that the whole of the United Kingdom needs to be involved in the debate over Scotland's potential independence.

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Sad news for time-wasters everywhere, after Eduard Khil, aka Mr Trololo, and the star of one of the internet's most enduring viral videos, died aged 77.

Mubarak has health crisis after sentence

Egypt's state media say Hosni Mubarak has suffered a "health crisis" while on his way to a Cairo prison hospital after being convicted and sentenced to life in prison for failing to stop the killing of protesters during last year's uprising.

Couple land windfall from mobile apps firm Mobile IQ

Shaun and Elaine Barriball, the husband and wife team who run Mobile IQ, landed a major windfall yesterday as they sold their mobile app firm to the giant publishing software company Quark.

DVD/Blu-ray: Grandma's House: Series 2 (15)

"Do you need more acting lessons?" Rebecca Front's fame-hungry mum asks her struggling son (Simon Amstell).

Suicide car bomb kills two policeman and injures 16 in Turkey

A car bomb driven by two suspected suicide attackers exploded outside a police station in central Turkey, killing two policemen and wounding 16 people, the interior minister said. The two attackers were also killed.

BBC Worldwide and National Film and Television School announce game design scholarships

BBC Worldwide to contribute funding towards four scholarships.

Rise of Netflix means Competition Commission reprieve for BSkyB

BSkyB was handed a reprieve by the competition watchdog today after a ruling over the broadcaster's stranglehold on pay-TV movies was reversed.

'Inbetweeners' film boosts Channel 4's profits

Channel 4's annual results tomorrow are expected to show it has received a major boost from The Inbetweeners Movie.

Paddington bear to star in new film by Harry Potter producer David Heyman

Paddington Bear is swapping darkest Peru for the bright lights of Hollywood after plans were announced to bring the character to the big screen.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
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Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
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Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

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How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
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Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

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The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

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