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Ukraine president heckled at tribute to Kiev protesters as Biden visits

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Understanding Russia’s obsession with mayonnaise

It’s a love affair that began in Imperial times, survived the Soviet Union and continues today. But is it really necessary to have mayonnaise with everything?

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Nearly 1,000 killed during Ukraine ceasefire, says UN

Human rights watchdog says 957 people have died since peace pact was signed in September, with abuses on both sides Continue reading…
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Spain’s eccentric Duchess of Alba dies aged 88

Aristocrat known in Spain as Cayetana became famous around the world in 2011 after marrying civil servant 25 years her junior Continue reading…
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Julian Assange’s appeal to lift arrest warrant is rejected by Swedish court

Ruling means WikiLeaks founder still faces extradition to Sweden if he leaves Ecuador embassy in London Continue reading…
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French Isis fighters filmed burning passports and calling for terror at home

Emergence of video showing four men comes as France reels from the identification of two of its nationals partaking in a mass beheading in Syria

A film released by Islamic State (Isis) shows jihadi fighters burning French passports and calling on others to bring terror to the streets of the European country.

Released by one of Isis’s main media outlets, Al Hayat, the video shows four men who purport to be from France, including three who deliver messages in French to camera.

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Ken Clarke lets rip at David Cameron’s EU reform plans

Former Tory chancellor says free movement of people fundamental to union and championed by Margaret Thatcher

Kenneth Clarke has launched a frontal assault on David Cameron’s EU reform plans, declaring that he was seeking to dismantle one of Margaret Thatcher’s greatest legacies by challenging the free movement of people in the EU.

In a provocative intervention on the eve of the Rochester and Strood byelection, the former Conservative chancellor also accused John Major of encouraging people to vote Ukip, after he floated plans to reform free movement on behalf of No 10.

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Ken Clarke lets rip at David Cameron’s EU reform plans

Former Tory chancellor says free movement of people fundamental to union and championed by Margaret Thatcher

Kenneth Clarke has launched a frontal assault on David Cameron’s EU reform plans, declaring that he was seeking to dismantle one of Margaret Thatcher’s greatest legacies by challenging the free movement of people in the EU.

In a provocative intervention on the eve of the Rochester and Strood byelection, the former Conservative chancellor also accused John Major of encouraging people to vote Ukip, after he floated plans to reform free movement on behalf of No 10.

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Spies, sleepers and hitmen: how the Soviet Union’s KGB never went away

Vladimir Putin’s background as a Soviet spy means there can be little surprise at the blatant resurgence of an aggressive surveillance state in modern Russia

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British embassy in Ukraine tweets guide to Russian tanks

UK officials in Kiev post a graphic of a T-72BM tank and photographs of apparent sightings of them in eastern Ukraine Continue reading…
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