News Office politics: Mr Ortikov’s troubles began as a British embassy employee

Guard who refused to be a spy says UK turned its back on him

Blue wonder: Andy Murray is hot favourite to follow up his win against Feliciano Lopez and reach the quarter-finals

Australian Open 2014: Dostoyevsky fan Stéphane Robert books tie with Andy Murray

On his day, he can be as cultured on court as he is off it so Briton needs to beware 

Turkey named as worst country for jailing journalists – again

More journalists have been jailed in Turkey than in any other country for the second consecutive year, followed closely by Iran and China, according to a media watchdog.

Ambassadors starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb

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The producers of Ambassadors on BBC Two were given access to diplomats

Palace’s Kagisho Dikgacoi stands an outside chance of reaching the World Cup with South Africa

World Cup qualifiers: Crunch time for 87 teams dreaming of Rio glory

As World Cup qualifying comes to a climax, some surprising names are still in the hat

Black Death returns: Herder dies of bubonic plague in Kyrgyzstan after being bitten by infected flea

Death of Temir Issakunov is the first case of bubonic plague in the country for over 30 years

Mohira Ortikova's letter to Prime Minister David Cameron

To the Honorable David Cameron, Prime Minister of Great Britain

Exit road: Britain will use Uzbekistan to extract military equipment from Afghanistan

'Uzbeks tortured me,' says British Embassy man

Former Foreign Office employee says he has been abandoned, despite refusing to spy on UK

Mohira Ortikova's letter to Prime Minister David Cameron

To the Honorable David Cameron, Prime Minister of Great Britain

Iran and South Korea qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

South Korea lost but still progressed to next summer's tournament

Alisher Usmanov, Britain's richest man

Page 3 Profile: Alisher Usmanov, Britain's richest man

It’s alright for some, isn’t it?

Qatar targets historic feats on the pitch too

Qatar are not just looking to 2022, they retain an interest in Brazil 2014.

Russian soldier 'missing in action' for 30 years found in Afghanistan

A former Soviet soldier who went missing more than three decades ago during Moscow’s ill-fated invasion of Afghanistan has been found alive and well near the city of Herat.

Staying power: Stan Kroenke has resisted offers to sell his US holdings

Middle East group set to offer £1.5bn for Arsenal

Owner Kroenke to be tempted with £350m profit on his shares but is likely to stand firm

Gerard Depardieu wears a Soviet-style ushanka in Grozny, where he was welcomed by the Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov

Chechen despot Ramzan Kadyrov greets new best friend Gérard Depardieu with pies, songs and dance

Torture allegations no problem to the French-born, newly Russian actor as he cosies up to Kadyrov

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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
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Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
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