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Miliband has decided that five-year parliaments might give him the chance to make “long-term decisions in the national interest”

Now Ed Miliband joins the five-year bandwagon

Osborne had a light-bulb moment, he leaned in, crossed out "four" and wrote "five"

People hold placards as they protest against Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan after the government blocked access to Twitter

Erdogan's Twitter ban is just the latest in a series of restrictive measures

The Turkish MP has missed the chance to become a contributor to democracy

Man About Town: The world's most expensive mulled wine

How much better could it really be than regular Glühwein?

Street fighter: A youth with an AK-47 in the Kurdish district of Aleppo

Syria makes the Commons grow up

The threat of military escalation prompts that parliamentary rarity – a straight answer to a straight question

It may be possible for the Prime Minister to come to some agreement with Angela Merkel over the EU that could be presented as a diplomatic triumph back home

Offer voters the EU pizza and they'll spit it out

Trying to work out what the public doesn't like about the European Union is hard

David Cameron pays respect but over-plays his hand in India

David Cameron, Britain’s prime minister, has ended his rather over-done public relations blitz in.....

Rahul Gandhi’s inevitable and incredible appointment as Congress No 2

There was an inevitability and incredibility about the announcement last night that Rahul Gandhi has.....

Gang rape case reveals the real India, and the glimmers of change

DELHI: Friends abroad have emailed me in the past few days horrified that India could be such a crue.....

Narendra Modi challenges the Gandhis’ Idea of India

It is beginning to look as if the next general election could turn into a battle over the “idea of I.....

Pakistan minister fuels a bad relationship with India

NEW DELHI: “I cannot understand the time, energy and cost spent in maintaining a bad relationship”, .....

In India the place that matters this week is Gujarat

There has been a lot of heat and tension in India’s parliament over past week as the government has .....
Bradley Wiggins: Wants to win next year’s Giro d’Italia and to complete the treble with the Vuelta, but his current acheivements do not need an additional marker.

Why should we have to watch our Olympic heroes squirming in penguin suits?

Who actually cares about the Sports Personality of the Year shortlist? Sport hardly needs another layer of competition

Did India betray democracy in Burma?

The Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi flew into India this week, her first visit for almost.....

Mikhail Saakashvili’s Smash Hits: 10 choice Caucasian cuts from the recent past of Georgia

Our writer, a Georgian citizen, scours YouTube for post-Soviet video gold

The Law’s cyber drug war. Is it time to hold peace talks with internet suppliers of ‘legal highs’?

Like alcohol, can these chemicals not be taken in the right way, at the right dose?

Why Republican governor of New Jersey Chris Christie is President Obama's new best friend

President Obama was out on the campaign trail yesterday with his new friend, Governor Chris Chris.....

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'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there