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A recently constructed wall of flood defences is seen surrounding houses next to the river Thames in Staines-Upon-Thames in England. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

  Parts of southern England are threatened by further flooding despite dry weather over much of the weekend because so much water is ru(...)

Black columns of smoke rise from heavy shelling in the Jobar neighborhood, east of Damascus, Syria yesterday. Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP

The increasingly bellicose statements on Syria coming from London and Washington will sharpen the focus of today’s meeting of top US, British, French (...)

An Afghan security personnel keeps watch at the site of a suicide attack in Panjshir province today. The British authorities say detainees at Camp Bastion are suspected of being involved with planting improvised explosive devices. Photograph: Mohammad Ishaq/Reuters

As many as 90 Afghan nationals are being detained in a holding facility at Camp Bastion, the main British military base in the country, the British De(...)

 Alan Buribayev launches the NSO season with a free concert today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Oftentimes the things that matter most are not the ones that are talked about the most. Think of practices in the medical profession that can c(...)

Former Tory leadership contender David Davis: “It would be very interesting for the Liberals – and indeed the Labour Party – to vote against giving the public a say on this matter.” Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

David Cameron was last night under pressure to defy his Liberal Democrat coalition partners and stage a referendum on Europe before the next ge(...)

British Conservative MP Nigel Evans speaking to journalists in Pendleton, northern England yesterday. Mr Evans, who was arrested at the weekend on suspicion of rape and sexual assault, said the allegations against him were “completely false”. Photograph: Reuters/Nigel Roddis

British Conservative MP Nigel Evans is to stand aside on a temporary basis as deputy speaker of the House of Commons as he fights “completely f(...)

Free Syrian Army fighters prepare a mortar in Sidi Meqdad area in the suburbs of Damascus, this week. The US government is rethinking its opposition to armingSyrian rebels, President Barack Obama’s defence chief has said. Photograph: Ward Al-Keswani/Reuters

The United States is rethinking its opposition to arming the Syrian rebels, President Barack Obama’s defence chief has said, even as Mr Obama h(...)

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