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Cutbacks have left the UK without a single warship specifically tasked with protecting the country's shores for the past month, the Ministry of Defence confirmed today.

A police officer stands outside the targeted nightclub in Nairobi

Somali invasion backed by West, says Kenya

Grenade attack on Nairobi nightclub blamed on backlash by Somali militants

Spy suspect to be freed by Egypt

A dual US-Israeli citizen imprisoned in Egypt on spy suspicions since June will be released soon, Israel announced yesterday.

People gather near the site of an explosion in Sirte yesterday

Bodies of 53 'executed' Gaddafi loyalists discovered

Corpses dumped in hotel garden in Sirte lead to calls for inquiry into human rights abuses

Leading article: Tunisia and Libya – two faces of the Arab Spring

Born in blood, the new Libya could find its path to statehood more problematic

Roger Middleton: The emphasis must be on a short campaign with clear objectives

After decades of instability just across its border, Kenya has sent columns of troops, with air support, into Somalia to clear out the Islamist organisation al-Shabaab. It is not clear how far they aim to go or for how long they intend to stay.

Damascus recalls envoy to Washington

Diplomatic relations between the US and Syria deteriorated as Damascus recalled its envoy to Washington yesterday.

Wales in form to face England

Wales had a comfortable preparation for their formidable task against England in the Four Nations as they beat Ireland 30-6 in Neath.

Huge turnout as Tunisia rejoices at first free election

Minutes away from the polling station where Haytham Agrouti voted is the Tunis square on which he, like thousands of others, took part in the protests that brought down a hated regime earlier this year. "Things have changed so much," said the 22-year-old student at Tunis University. "I never imagined back then that I would be voting today."

Gunmen kidnap three aid workers at refugee camp

Gunmen kidnapped three foreign aid workers – two Spaniards and an Italian – from a refugee camp yesterday. Spanish media reported that one of the workers and a guard were wounded in the attack.

Gebrselassie in comeback win

Haile Gebrselassie returned to form with an easy victory at the Great Birmingham Run yesterday after dropping out of last month's Berlin Marathon with breathing problems. The Ethiopian broke clear to prevail in a time of 1hr 1min 29sec.

Rivalries erupt as Libyans celebrate Liberation Day

Islamists in eastern city criticise secular rivals in Tripoli as crowds flock to see Gaddafi's corpse

Kenyan troops move closer to militants' base

Kenyan and Somali government troops edged closer yesterday to a town in southern Somalia where Islamist militants linked to al-Qa'ida have grouped, hoping to strike a quick blow against them.

Alive or dead, the Gaddafis divide their enemies

Kim Sengupta, in Misrata, reports on the wrangling over the fate of the former leader's body, while Jane Merrick looks at the potential threat posed by the only missing family member

What now for the Arab awakening?

The desperate fight for freedom goes on, but there are fearsome and unpredictable struggles ahead

Gaddafi's dream capital for Africa pulverised into a ruin

The price of liberation is plain to see on every street in the late dictator's home town of Sirte. The place intended be the showplace of a continent is destroyed

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

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Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

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
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

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
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

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
11 best sonic skincare brushes

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

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
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

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

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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Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
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