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A man protects himself from dust following a reported barrel bomb attack by Syrian pro-government forces in Aleppo

Robert Fisk: Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

It amazes me that all these warriors of the air don’t regularly crash into each other

Election catch-up: I’m not saying the Ed stone is bad – it is so terrible I am lost for words

Plus the latest dim-sum prediction and everything else you need for your bank holiday election reading

Election 2015: The SNP and an SMC (Salmond-Murdoch Conspiracy)

Plus Cameron’s dose of (Red) Bull and Balls’ bouncing cheques

A voter placing a ballot paper in the box at a polling station
Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and David Cameron appeal to the audience during the Question Time special

Not voting in the general election makes you responsible for the worst that follows

Not voting is a choice, a serious choice. Couch potatoes who can’t be bothered need to realise what that means

Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge show their newly-born daughter, their second child, to the media outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on 2 May 2015.

The birth of a royal baby will not top the news for long

The Independent has historically been largely uninterested in the shenanigans of the monarch and her family

Mosul falls: Talk of Iraq retaking the town, held by IS since June, is unconvincing

Isis on the run? The US portrayal is very far from the truth

The map issued by the Pentagon to prove that Isis had lost territory shows how false optimism dominates the actions of the outside powers towards the Middle East

Ed Miliband:

Ed Miliband: I pledge to make Britain a more just and equal country

The Conservatives prefer to put the wealthy and powerful first, rather than Britain’s working people

David Cameron:

David Cameron: Britain is now the success story of Europe

There is only one way to deliver the things that matter – and that’s with a strong economy

Photo match: Nicola Sturgeon on the balance beam on 27 April. Just like that other overnight sensation, Russian Olympian Olga Korbut, in 1972

Election catch-up: SNP surge, Ed Balls’s giraffe noises, and Cameron’s gaffe

Cameron said this was a 'career-defining election' when he addressed Asda employees in Leeds - he was talking about jobs and plainly wasn’t referring to himself

If Miliband is PM, it is expected that Cameron will stand down as party leader quickly

General Election 2015: You’re welcome to join us on the campaign's final straight

Thank you for sticking with us. Not only this week, for turning past the unusually lengthy run of.....

John Rentoul met Ed Miliband aged 23, remarking he was “bright, and put up a good fight for the utilities tax, but I was unconvinced.”

General Election 2015: Win or lose, Ed Miliband is not ready to govern

I do not believe that the Labour Party, with the exception of Ed Balls, is ready to govern

Joyce Carol Oates is among 150 writers to protest that the award decision was ‘neither clear nor inarguable’

Charlie Hebdo's PEN Freedom of Expression Courage Award is well deserved

Those who oppose the award have fallen for a false narrative of universal Muslim victimhood

Harvey Proctor's home was raided by the Met under a warrant investigating historical child sexual abuse

Harvey Proctor: A gay sex ring in Westminster? I don't believe it

The police say that I am not a suspect in the historic sexual abuse inquiry, yet they destroy my reputation

Win or lose: Weight Watchers founder Jean Nidetch, who died last week aged 91

Jean Nidetch: As we mourn death of Weight Watchers founder, have we learned lessons on keeping weight down?

The diet pioneer who died last week exhorted Americans to ‘drop the damn fork’, but the nation is still getting fatter

The state of the global economy has a greater impact than the actions of any individual government

General Election 2015: Whoever wins, these are my predictions for the next five years

The state of the global economy has a greater impact than the actions of any individual government

Up and away: hot air balloons in Warstein, Germany

Hot air balloons: Try to avoid screaming like a baby as you soar up to 3,000ft

I arrived in Italy in the rather peculiar situation of being the owner of a hot-air balloon but never having been in one

Dave, Nick and Ed have been flirting desperately with the voting public

General Election 2015: With so much disillusionment, who can mend our broken hearts?

We’ve fallen in love three times since the Seventies – with Maggie, Tony and (briefly) with Nick – but it always ended in tears

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Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living