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

Man jailed for Obama death plot

A man from Uzbekistan was sentenced to more than 15 years in a US prison for plotting to kill President Barack Obama.

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The actual tennis of Wimbledon is played in Southfields, two Tube stops away from the famous suburb, but that doesn't stop the world and his tennis partner from descending on the Village like the Assyrians on Jerusalem. What they find to eat when they arrive can be uninspiring. For every good, reliable restaurant (such as San Lorenzo Fuoriporto at the bottom of the hill), there are too many yawn-making gastropubs, chains and iffy spice houses.

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi is fighting critics within her own party

Baroness Warsi camp fights back against long knives of Tory Right

Senior allies claim PM ordered undisclosed foreign trips, which were vital to Afghan mission

Helen Johnston was held captive in an Afghan cave complex

Kidnappers were ready to execute a hostage, telephone calls revealed

Taliban plans forced SAS to bring forward daring rescue mission

Senior officials admitted yesterday that Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov had the UK 'over a barrel', after his country emerged as the favoured route home when British forces are withdrawn from Afghanistan by 2014

A dirty deal: Uzbek dictator 'has UK over a barrel'

Karimov demands official visit in logistics deal over Britain's pull-out from Afghanistan

Fire at Moscow market kills 17 migrant workers

Seventeen migrant workers were killed in a fire today in a market warehouse on Moscow's outskirts where they had been living, Russian emergency officials and media said.

Guilty plea in Obama death plot

A man from Uzbekistan who pleaded guilty to plotting to kill US president Barack Obama with an automatic rifle claimed he was acting at the direction of an Islamic terror group in his home country.

Keothavong beats world No 16

Britain's Anne Keothavong yesterday beat the world No 16, Dominika Cibulkova, 6-4, 6-1 at the Pattaya Open in Thailand.

Kronos Quartet/Trinity Laban Chamber Choir, Hackney Empire/Barbican (4/5, 2/5)

No chamber group has done more to change the musical landscape than the Kronos Quartet, and its short Barbican residency bade fair to reinforce the point.

Andy Murray is congratulated by Marcos Baghdatis

Andy Murray storms into Brisbane International semi-finals

Top seed Andy Murray showed no mercy to doubles partner Marcos Baghdatis today as he cruised to a 6-2 6-2 victory in the quarter-finals of the ATP Brisbane International.

West turning blind eye to torture in Uzbekistan, says report

The West is turning a blind eye to a worsening human rights situation in one of the world's most repressive dictatorships, according to a report released yesterday.

Album: Sevara Nazarkhan, Tortadur (Severamusic.com)

What makes this so heart-warming is the fact that this young Uzbek singer has turned her back on global pop and returned to her musical roots.

Lord Bell:

Bell Pottinger head launches investigation over lobbyists

The chairman of Bell Pottinger's parent group has launched an internal investigation after this week's controversy about the lobbying company.

Lord Bell, the chairman of Bell Pottinger's parent group

Belarus Links: Lord Bell questions money claims of senior colleague

Lord Bell last night sought to answer questions about Bell Pottinger's audit trail for the company's work in Belarus, after one of his most senior executives cast doubt on who had been paying for its work in Europe's last dictatorship.

Young cotton pickers working in Uzbekistan

Exposed: How lobbyists put positive spin on child labour (video)

Bell Pottinger suggested that a minimum age for child labour could improve Uzbekistan's reputation

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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

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The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
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New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

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Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
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Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
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The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
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11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

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Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
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Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker