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From slaves to the sidewalk: Bill Cosby's African art collection – in pictures

The standup comedian and sitcom star has amassed a remarkable collection of African art, from Senegalese sculpture to Ghanaian collage and South African street photography. It goes on show in the exhibition Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue, held at the National …

Landscape Photographer of the Year 2014

How Animals Hacked The Rainbow And Got Stumped On Blue

Until about 600 million years ago, seeing colors didn't matter so much to Earth's inhabitants — nobody had eyes.<p>"Before the eye evolved, you just wouldn't have seen what was there," says Andrew Parker, a biologist at London's Natural History Museum who studies the evolution of color.<p>Simple animals …

THE SHOT: Robyn's Odyssey

In 1977, I was given the ultimate National Geographic assignment: track down a mysterious and stunningly beautiful young woman named Robyn Davidson who crossed 2000 miles of treacherous Australian outback alone with four camels and her dog Diggity. I photographed her five times during her nine …

Boris Johnson: Winston Churchill would not use ground troops against Isis

Late British prime minister would favour air power, says London mayor Author of biography praises Churchill’s role in creation of Israel<p>Boris Johnson appeared on CNN in New York on Saturday, to discuss how Winston Churchill – the subject of his new book – would have dealt with the threat posed by …

Scandal forgotten, Cherie calls on her friends in high places

Thirteen years after the Hinduja passport affair gave Tony Blair one of his worst crises in government, his wife, Cherie, has shown there remain strong links between the two families by hiring a Hinduja as an adviser to her new legal firm.<p>Thirteen years after the Hinduja passport affair gave Tony …

Aliko Dangote

'Hotel Sharia' Says It WILL Accept Gay Guests After Daily Mail Claims It Follows Strict Islamic Law

A top London hotel which is reported to have "introduced Sharia Law" has told The Huffington Post UK it will continue to accept same-sex couples.<p>The …

You're better off with me, insists Cameron, as Ukip declare victory in Rochester

Prime Minister says middle-class earners will be £400 a year better off under the Tories, as Ukip prepare to overtake Lib Dems as third party<p>Middle class earners will pay almost £2,000 less income tax under a Conservative government, David Cameron has said, ahead of a widely-expected defeat in the …

UKIP

Sir John Major: Ukip is 'profoundly un-British'

The former Conservative prime minister attacks Ukip as "anti-everything" and said the popularity of Nigel Farage's party will "fade" as the economy continues to improve<p>The UK Independence Party is “profoundly un-British in every way”, Sir John Major has said.<p>In an extraordinary attack on Nigel …

Isis Banner Hangs Close To Ancient 5,000-Year-Old City Being Excavated In Turkey

An ancient city dating back to 5,000 years is revealing its secrets not far from Islamic State- controlled territory in Syria.<p>As US aircraft flew …

Opinion

Letters to the Editor<p>On this day

Men banned from becoming Queen as 700 years of law redrafted ahead of gay marriage

Words such as “widow” removed from statutes while medieval treason laws and even rules on royal titles amended ahead of gay marriage<p>Men are to be banned from becoming Queen or Princess of Wales as part of an unprecedented effort to rewrite more than 700 years of law to prevent unintended …

Mehdi's Morning Memo: It's The Oil, Stupid

<i>Here are the five things you need to know on Sunday 22 February 2014...</i><p><b>1) IT'S THE OIL, STUPID</b><p>It's all kicking off in the debate over Scotland, …

Ed Miliband: Politicians look like misbehaving children at PMQs

Ed Miliband says that Prime Minister's Questions "subtracts from the reputation of politics" as he calls for reform of the weekly Commons encounter between the two main party leaders.<p>Politicians look like misbehaving children when they shout insults at each other during Prime Minister's Questions, …

Who’s afraid of Scottish independence?

<b>The last month has seen the ‘Yes Scotland’ independence campaign take a battering.</b><p>First, Mark Carney raised doubts about Alex Salmond’s plans for a …

Miliband pessimistic over PMQs reform prospects

Ed Miliband has refused to rule out attempting to reform prime minister's questions – but admitted doing so would be "incredibly hard".<p>The Labour …

LibLink: Danny Alexander: Scotland can’t go it alone and keep the pound. That’s not bullying, it’s reality

Danny Alexander has taken to the pages of this week’s Mail on Sunday to write about the Scottish independence referendum.<p>He tackled the hostile …

Plans to relax building regulations in our national parks will spell disaster

A proposal to make building in our national parks easier threatens the landscape and a fragile rural economy<p>A seismic change may be about to rock our national parks and other areas of outstanding natural beauty; and it is concealed within the technicalities of a proposal to grant landowners …

How should PMQs be reformed?

Prime Minister’s Questions, the half-hour weekly pantomime that transfixes Westminster and the SW1 media, got a deserved pasting from the Hansard …

Independent Scotland 'would find it extremely difficult to join EU'

European commission president says new country emerging from current member would struggle to win unanimous approval<p>It would be "difficult, if not impossible" for an independent Scotland to join the EU, the European commission president, José Manuel Barroso, said on Sunday.<p>The statement will dent …

Riding my broken bike is like working with the Lib Dems

Mistaking a pothole for a puddle put paid to an old friend, but there is an upside to my mishap<p>At first, I couldn’t believe it. No, I said when they told me of the death of my bike. Get away, I said; and then they made me look at the appalling wound, and it was only when I had run my fingers round …

Stop wasting aid budget on wealthy countries, ministers told

Ministers told spending on projects including climate change schemes for wealthy countries could undermine public support for overseas aid<p>Ministers have been ordered to stop squandering British aid on wasteful projects, including climate change schemes in wealthy countries, the Telegraph has learnt.<p>…

Environment: News & features

Scotland could join EU 18 months after independence vote, says Sturgeon

Deputy first minister says EU will not deny Scotland its right to membership as to do so would be 'enormously disruptive'<p>Scotland can become legally independent from the UK and join the European Union by March 2016 – within 18 months of voting for independence – the deputy first minister, Nicola …

Will China dominate the 21st century? – Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

If we’re not sending troops or giving aid, we sometimes find it hard to think about bilateral foreign policy. So how about this for a game: which …

Too crazy for UKIP … but Cambridge Tory boys lap up Godfrey Bloom

Godfrey Bloom’s <b>brand of sexism and xenophobia</b> may have rendered him unwelcome in the European Parliament group meetings of his own party — but …

World Trade Organisation Warns UK Against Leaving European Union

Britain would risk losing influence in trade negotiations if it leaves the European Union, the head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has …

Union apologises for censoring atheist 'Spaghetti Monster' poster

London Southbank University student union has unreservedly apologised after staff censored an atheist society's 'Flying Spaghetti Monster' …

A brave and bold approach to decentralisation – Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

It is welcome that the next Labour government will radically redistribute powers away from London to where it is most needed to ensure sustainable …

Boris: We could get rid of Danny Alexander

Boris Johnson openly contemplated a forced removal of Danny Alexander from the Treasury today, as he pressed Downing Street into dropping the top …