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Burkina Fasos president Blaise Compaoré resigns after street protests

Compaoré swept from power after 27 years following popular uprising against plans to extend his ruleBurkina Fasos president Blaise Compaoré, one of Africas longest-serving leaders, has been swept from power after 27 years by a violent popular uprising.Compaoré announced his resignation on Friday as hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in protest at plans to extend his rule. Th

Puppy farmer jailed for at least 25 years for double-murder

John Lowe told he will die in prison for shooting dead partner and her daughter on his dog farm in SurreyAn 82-year-old puppy farmer has been jailed for at least 25 years for murdering his partner and her daughter in a double-killing on his dog farm in Surrey.John Lowe was told he would die in prison for shooting dead Christine Lee, 66, and her daughter, Lucy Lee, 40, at Keepers Cottage Stud

Britains contribution to EU has risen by £2.7bn, quadrupling in five years

Figures will fuel Eurosceptic wing of Tories and provide support to PM in his refusal to pay extra £1.7bn demanded by BrusselsBritains contributions to the European Union soared by £2.7bn net last year in a revelation that will pile more pressure on David Cameron not to meet demands on Brussels for extra money.The figures emerged in a publication from the Office for National Statistics, whic

Mexico police questioned over murders of three Americans

In what could be third recent case of alleged abuses by security forces, Hercules unit is implicated in deaths of Erica Alvarado Rivera and her two brothersAuthorities are investigating a possible police connection to the killing of three US citizens visiting their father in Mexico who were found shot to death along with a Mexican friend more than two weeks after going missing.Parents of t

Japanese stimulus drive stock markets higher; eurozone inflation inches up - business live

The Dow Jones industrial average has hit a new record high, as investors cheer the Bank of Japans new stimulus programme*Summary: Markets surge as BoJ boosts stimulus plan 2.27pm GMT Time for a recap, after a rather busier Friday than usual....As the yen nears 112 to the US $ then five members of the Bank of Japan Board can have a celebratory glass of sake http://t.co/LLIKscbjBfTr

Cameron hosted Claudia Schiffer at Chequers and served lunch to Queen

Records detail gifts handed to the prime minister by official visitors as well as naming guests at his country residenceThe model Claudia Schiffer and her film producer husband, Matthew Vaughn, dined with David Cameron at Chequers, his official country residence, according to official records released on Friday.The information also details gifts handed to the prime minister by official guest

Borussia Dortmunds Marco Reus says he is not set for Bayern Munich move

Other people are thinking more about my future than me Another defeat puts Dortmund in the doldrums Klopp: we cant bask in success ... we havent had anyBorussia Dortmunds Marco Reus has sought to play down mounting speculation that he is set for a move to Bayern Munich, saying that other people were thinking more about his future than he was.The German international, whose contract runs to

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Can there be such a thing as a perfect video game?

Players have always argued over the best video games of all time, but could Tetris, Doom or Dark Souls be considered perfect?The nature of perfection is one of those abstracts that, though forever undefinable, well still spend hours bickering over it. At certain times anything can be perfect a cold drink on a hot day, a first kiss, a red shell in second place on the last lap. We may not be ab

Where are the wests female leaders?

Women are gaining more political power in parts of Africa, Asia and Latin America than in Europe. Whats slowing us down?A report this week has exposed how progress towards gender equality is slowing down in the west. The Global Gender Gap Report showed that Europe has undergone the smallest change in terms of closing the gender gap. In terms of political empowerment, from Britain to Austria to

Experience: I swam out of a train

A fountain of water was exploding through the carriage. The back of the train was our only escape, so I waded towards the door that was no longer thereTwenty-one years ago, I spent my summer backpacking across America. I was taking an overnight train called the Sunset Limited, from New Orleans to Tallahassee, about 400 miles away in Florida. I was one of the first to arrive at the station and I

Nicolas Cage almost played a 'psychologically traumatised' Superman for Tim Burton

Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy reveals plot details for Superman Lives, which he wrote for Burton and which focused on the superhero reconciling himself to alien natureTim Burtons legendary abandoned take on Superman, with Nicolas Cage in the famous red underpants, would have seen a man of steel stricken with psychological trauma, according to its screenwriter.Dan Gilroy, currently promot

Government washing its hands of legal aid problem for vulnerable parents

Senior judge Sir James Munby hands down judgment challenging lack of funding for legal representationA senior judge has accused the government of washing its hands of the problem it has created by failing to provide legal aid for vulnerable parents in child custody cases.In what amounts to a confrontation between the judiciary and the executive over who controls spending in the courts, Sir J

USA v All Blacks: who are the US Eagles?

A teacher, a former tennis starlet and plenty of NFL experience all feature in the United Staes squad set to face the All Blacks New Zealand ready to leave USA a lasting legacy in Chicago Interview: US Eagles captain Todd CleverAge 27 Caps 26 Continue reading...

The scariest video game moments of all time chosen by developers

What better way to celebrate Halloween than run around the GameCity festival in Nottingham asking game creators about what terrifies them?Video games have always done horror. From the earliest text-based adventures to the most up-to-date action chillers, designers have used the interactive elements of the medium to scare the bejesus out of us. We have endured the survival horror genre, wit

When the time comes, who will succeed Irans Ayatollah Ali Khamenei?

His succession is taboo in Iran, but when he dies his countrys political trajectory will change at home and on the world stageIn a closely guarded compound in central Tehran, often referred to simply as _Beyt_ (the house), lives a 75-year-old man whose tenure as Irans supreme leader will expire only on the day he dies. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, one-time revolutionary, has maintained his job-for-l

Ozone hole layer remains size of North America, Nasa data shows

Antarctic hole in protective layer of gas stands around same level as 2010, 2012 and 2013, but scientists say recovery is on trackThe Antarctic ozone hole, which was expected to reduce in size swiftly when manmade chlorine emissions were outlawed 27 years ago, is stubbornly remaining the size of North America, new data from Nasa suggests.The hole in the thin layer of gas, which helps shiel

Tacloban: a year after typhoon Haiyan

What happens when your community is destroyed and your family lost? Last November, one of the strongest storms in history hit Tacloban in the Philippines. Kate Hodal visits one year on The first images that appear here were taken after the storm hit. Click on them to see how they look eight months laterThey spent the first few weeks after the typhoon hunting for food and their two small chi

Prime minister backs Fiona Woolf to head child abuse inquiry

Despite concern over personal links to Lord Brittan, David Cameron says Woolf can do the job with impartialityDavid Cameron wants Fiona Woolf to get on with it as the head of the governments child abuse inquiry despite calls from victims groups for her to step down over her personal links to Leon Brittan, the former home secretary.Despite suggestions some survivors of child abuse could boyco

Kristin Scott Thomas to star as the Queen in return of The Audience

New version of Peter Morgans play to open in London as Helen Mirren, lauded for portrayal of Elizabeth II, stars in Broadway runKristin Scott Thomas will play the role of the Queen in a new version of Peter Morgans West End hit The Audience next year.The role was originally played by Helen Mirren at the Gielgud Theatre in 2013 and won her an Olivier award for best actress. Scott Thomass vers

Muslim community must address issue of street grooming, says Nazir Afzal

Crown Prosecution Services lead on child sexual abuse urges community to report suspected cases of child sexual exploitation by Asian and Pakistani men and says dont walk byThe Muslim community must accept and address the fact that Asian and Pakistani men are disproportionately involved in localised, street grooming of vulnerable girls, one of the UKs most senior prosecutors has said.Nazir A

Allen Jones: I think of myself as a feminist

From his women-as-furniture artworks to Kate Moss in a gold breastplate, Allen Jones has always provoked controversy. Ahead of a major retrospective, he tells Nicholas Wroe about his fascination with fakery and fetish and why hes not a misogynistIn 1969 Allen Jones, already well known as a pop art painter, produced a series of sculptures. _Hatstand_, _Table_ and _Chair_ comprise near life-siz

Why were the most loyal Irish fans denied tickets for the Scotland game?

Republic of Ireland travel to Glasgow next month for a Euro 2016 qualifier without many of the fans who have supported them in Georgia, Kazakhstan and the Faroe Islands in recent years because their football association failed to reward their loyaltyLast Friday hundreds of the Republic of Irelands most dedicated supporters, some who havent missed a game home or away in several years, found ou

France 4 invites nation to descend into television Anarchy

Interactive TV show for the internet age Anarchy will create an alternative political reality featuring Hollande and Le PenFrance is in chaos after President François Hollande pulls his country, mired in record debt, out of the euro and brings back the franc. While the new currency is being minted, the population has to survive on 40 a week each.What happens next? In Anarchy, a groundbreakin

Bank of Japan to inject 80 trillion yen into its economy

Japanese policymakers announce plan to increase stimulus through expansion of its quantitative easing programmeJapanese policymakers have revealed surprise plans to pump more stimulus into the economy, triggering widespread cheer among international investors.The Bank of Japan will inject ¥80tn (£447bn) a year into the financial system, mainly through the purchase of government bonds, in a b

John Lydon: My family values

The former Sex Pistols singer on not knowing the truth about his birth and the sustaining love of his long-time wife NoraA picture from my parents wedding has always fascinated me because in the far right-hand corner Auntie Agnes is holding a baby. The most likely explanation is that the baby is me and Im illegitimate, but I have no birth certificate and never could get honest answers out of my

Stereo Kicks: when bands have too many members

The X Factor group are an unwieldy eight members strong, but thats nothing compared to Japans AKB48Youd think that being in a band with umpteen members would be a right old gas. I get to work with my best friends, every day! youd cheer, before realising you all make about 0.002p each from every download sale. Look how funny we all look in our matching outfits, youd enthuse, only to have to ta

New Zealand ready to leave USA a lasting legacy in Chicago

The prospect of a sell-out crowd watching a rugby match at Soldier Field would have been unheard of two decades ago Interview with USA captain Todd CleverIn the run-up to Saturdays historic Test between the USA and New Zealand at Soldier Field, the All Blacks have been in Chicago for a week. The citys 2.7 million residents have thus had genuine world champions in their midst. However, many of

Stevan Jovetic: I am ready to make my mark against Manchester United

The Montenegrins time at Manchester City has been blighted by injuries and, he believes, a lack of opportunitiesStevan Jovetic smiles and pulls up the left sleeve of his T-shirt and begins pointing to the tattoos he had done recently. There are several and they reach down towards his wrist to make a vibrant, colourful mosaic. I did these like four or five months ago. Each has meaning, Jovetic s

A Roman knows: a recipe for perfect meatballs

Romans have strong opinions about what goes in to a meatball. Rachel Roddy serves hers two ways: a solitary sphere atop pasta, with the rest accompanied by buttery mash the next dayIt wasnt exactly a tut; more a click of the tongue. I heard it after I asked my Roman butcher at Testaccio market if he would put a sausage through the mincer with the beef, as I was making meatballs. I know the so


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