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Nosratollah Tajik: 'Somebody should have to accept responsibility for the deterioration of my health'

Nosratollah Tajik: The Home Secretary destroyed my life

For six years the former Iranian ambassador battled accusations he was an arms dealer. Now, he tells Paul Peachey that the political brinkmanship by the UK and the US over his extradition cost him his health

Review of 2012: Our writers and tweeters look back at a year's news from space to the jungle

Did it change the world, or just distract us for a day or two? Richard Askwith introduces our look-back at the past 12 months.

Julian Assange at the embassy last night

O come, let us adore him! Faithful break into song for Julian Assange

After six months inside, the WikiLeaks founder gives speech on embassy balcony

Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens 'to star in Wikileaks film'

The British star of the small screen will reportedly join Benedict Cumberbatch in the DreamWorks movie about Julian Assange

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning

Manning was treated like an 'animal' attorney says

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning's defence attorney argued Tuesday that the soldier's former jailers at the Marine Corps brig at Quantico, Virginia, mistreated him to protect themselves from recriminations over their high-profile prisoner.

Gyles Brandreth, the society’s patron and a celebrity polymath who has a book out about the Royal Family

How the very civil marriage between Cameron and Clegg brought out Gyles Brandreth's inner luvvie

Our diarist reports some deeply felt remarks by the former Tory MP

Pfc. Bradley Manning is brought into the court

Judge accepts deal in Wikileaks case against army private

A military judge on Thursday accepted the terms under which the young Army private charged in one of the largest leaks of classified material in US history would plead guilty to lesser charges, a move that raises questions about whether the government will proceed with its most serious charges.

James McAvoy drops out of the Wikileaks movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch

Daniel Bruhl from Inglorious Basterds to step in

We've lost £30m in donations, says Assange

WikiLeaks has missed out on about £30m in donations from supporters because of a financial blockade set up by right wing politicians in America, the organisation's founder Julian Assange claimed yesterday.

Financial blockage of Wikileaks is an ‘economic death sentence’ that has cost £30million, says Julian Assange

Blockade set up by right wing politicians in America is seriously damaging Wikileaks’ funding

Payment block costs Wikileaks £30m

A block on processing donations by credit card companies to WikiLeaks has cost the whistle-blowing website over £30 million, with staff having to take a 40-per-cent pay cut as a result, its founder said today.

I can live with jibes about my Big Brother antics, but not this misrepresentation of Respect

George Galloway MP offers his response to Rob Marchant's criticisms of the Respect party and its members

Court could reject Bradley Manning guilty plea - the US soldier said to have passed thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks

Bradley Manning, the US soldier said to have passed thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks, is ready to admit several offences his lawyer has revealed.

Julian Assange: The Ecuadorian Embassy imprisonment is like 'living on a space station'

Julian Assange has compared his self-imposed imprisonment inside the Ecuadorean Embassy to being an astronaut orbiting the Earth due to the limits placed on his everyday life.

In the latest indication of the changes sweeping through Burma, Chelsea Football Club has agreed what it says is a ground-breaking sponsorship deal with one of the country's leading producers of whiskey.

Chelsea Football Club agrees 'ground-breaking' sponsorship deal with Burmese whisky firm

In the latest indication of the changes sweeping through Burma, Chelsea Football Club has agreed what it says is a ground-breaking sponsorship deal with one of the country's leading producers of whiskey.

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Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
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Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
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The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
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Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

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For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
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The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

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