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Ralph Fiennes premieres his directing debut, an adaptation of the Bard's Coriolanus, at the Berlin Film Festival next week. Making the precarious leap from actor to director, Fiennes headed to Belgrade, Serbia in early 2010 to shoot the film, in which he takes the lead alongside Gerard Butler and Brian Cox.

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You're a Scot living "dahn saff". You work in England. Many of your chums are English. Maybe even your children think they're English, except the nice middle one who occasionally wears her dark blue shirt to ingratiate herself with her old dad. Football's your game, but you take your victories where you can find them. Curling at the Winter Olympics, for example. Elephant polo. George Galloway travelling to the States and sticking it up the Senate. Desperate? Maybe.

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Clegg: peers are holding Government hostage

Nick Clegg faces a fresh crisis after his plans for sweeping reform of the House of Lords were savaged in a heated private meeting yesterday with peers.

Rupert Cornwell: The Senate really is the land where time stands still

Out of America: Democratic leader Harry Reid is using the age-old filibuster to strike a deal with the Republicans

Obama urges end to 'symbolic battles' in Congress

President Barack Obama urged newly empowered Republicans today not to wage "symbolic battles" against him but to instead work together to help spur job growth and economic recovery.

Rupert Cornwell: Deletions that cut the potential for vital debate

The sanitised version of Huckleberry Finn soon to be issued by an Alabama-based publisher is further proof that on matters of race at least, Thomas Bowdler is alive and well and living in the United States.

Republicans vow to repeal Obama's healthcare plan

The new Republican majority in the House of Representatives took power yesterday vowing to open a legislative battle with Barack Obama over the size of government and how much it spends.

Students bring university occupation to a close

A group of students brought their four-week long occupation of a university building to a close today as part of a protest at rises in tuition fees and education cuts.

Republicans set for fresh assault on Obama's healthcare reforms

Riding back into town as the new majority party in the House of Representatives, gleeful Republicans will this week waste no time in asserting their agenda on Capitol Hill, introducing as a first step a bill to repeal the most hard-fought achievement of President Barack Obama in his first two years in office: the healthcare reform law.

Obama's New Year's resolution? Fix the economy

President Barack Obama has set his New Year's resolution high for 2011: repair the struggling US economy.

Protesting students call on archbishop



The Archbishop of Canterbury has been called on to help end a dispute between a university and students who are continuing an occupation in protest at rises in tuition fees.

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'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

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Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

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