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Tim Butcher: 'For a century, people have been getting the first world war wrong'

The author of The Trigger recounts his journey to find the real story of the man who killed Archduke Ferdinand<p>How the first world war began is just too important to get wrong. The millions of deaths, the world order realigned, the unleashing of nationalistic chauvinism, all remain of such cardinal …

Nicola Sturgeon

Royal princess named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

<b>The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, Kensington Palace has said.</b><p>The fourth in line to the throne will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.<p>She was born on Saturday in the Lindo Wing of London's St Mary's Hospital weighing …

Prince Harry

Election 2015: the 10 key marginals that will decide the election

With just under three weeks until Polling Day on May 7, the race between Labour and the Tories has not looked so tight since 1992. Here, Professor John Curtice analyses the key seats to watch<p>Three weeks gone, and just three weeks to go, yet this election still looks as unpredictable and unusual as …

Secret Teacher: I am the new generation and I’m here to stay

Despite all the negative press and more experienced colleagues trying to put me off, I am determined to be a successful teacher for many years to come<p>More from the Secret Teacher<p>This year I was told that, as a new teacher, there’s a two in five chance I’ll leave the job within the next five years. …

Teaching

Hillary Clinton: I'm running for president

Former secretary of state and first lady begins campaign for 2016 White House with launch of new website, ending years of speculation about whether she would make a second attempt at the highest office in the United States<p>Hillary Clinton announced on Sunday that she was running for president of the …

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Arab cartoonists pen their response to Charlie Hebdo affair

Leading caricaturists across the Middle East question the meaning of free speech while attacking Israel and Arab leaders<p>Arab cartoonists are hitting back over the Charlie Hebdo affair with satirical works questioning the meaning of free speech in the west, while attacking their own hypocritical …

Lego wars: How Big Bang Theory beat Dr Who

<b>Birds and the Big Bang Theory have won a decisive battle over Dr Who to become the two newest play sets created by Lego. Fans responsible for the winning concepts explain how it feels to have their dreams immortalised in colourful plastic bricks.</b><p>"It started off as a hobby and then became a little …

Lego

Obama makes legacy play on trade

BRISBANE, Australia — After years of populist rhetoric against banks and Wall Street, repeated calls for raising the minimum wage and withering campaign-trail criticism of corporate America for shipping jobs overseas and dodging taxes, President Barack Obama could leave office with a foreign policy …

Republicans have called him a dictator. So why can’t Obama get his own way?

He should be pushing at an open door on reforms to immigration. But his foes are pushing back<p>A crowd of anti-immigration protesters in Oracle, Arizona, gathered in July to block a bus they’d heard was full of children from Central America who had crossed the border unaccompanied, and possibly …

European Union

Ignorant jihadis 'have bought into fantasy fuelled by social media'

The book aspiring Isis militants most commonly order before taking off to Syria is Islam for Dummies, human rights activist Qanta Ahmed says<p>Young Australians travelling overseas to take up arms with the militant group Islamic State have naively bought into a fictional fantasy fuelled by social …

Humans on Mars by 2035? NASA's sci-fi dream could be reality

<b>(CNN) —</b> We've just landed a dishwasher-sized robot on a comet and NASA's chief scientist has no idea.<p>Dr Ellen Stofan is deep in conversation with a journalist when, unable to contain himself any longer, an adviser with phone triumphantly held aloft blurts out: "Rosetta -- It's landed!"<p>"Wonderful" …

You know when people say a statement but it sounds like a question? That's called upward inflection, high-rising terminal or simply "uptalk"? No-one is sure how it started? http://bbc.in/1uFtWiR Comment below with your theory on how it spread? Tell us when and where you were the first time you heard it?

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The Queen weighs in on the Duchess of Cambridge’s Australia tour wardrobe: http://tgr.ph/1k3TrrU

Ty Burrell: 'Before Modern Family I was always the guy who got killed or fired'

The comedy actor, 46, on waiting for his big break, being a father and kissing lamps…<p><b>The world can make an actor feel overly important.</b> What I do isn't hard work. It's not ditch digging – which I have done, for one summer. Of course there are times when your fuel tank's low, but even on the hardest …

Inferno

• <b>Author:</b> Dan Brown<p><b>In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.</b><p>In the heart of …

Books

Connecting Rooms

• <b>Author:</b> Jayne Ann Krentz<p>Available for the first time as a standalone eBook novella, #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz's <i>Connecting Rooms</i>.<p>Amy Comfort is a real estate agent on Misplaced Island, a quaint, remote town located off the coast of Washington. When she sells an old …

What was it like to live on the world's first nuclear-powered submarine? http://bbc.in/1kV8XHN Twenty thousand people flocked to see the USS Nautilus launched into the Thames River in the US state of Connecticut on 21 January 1954. To mark the 60th anniversary of the Nautilus launch, the BBC's Claire Bowes spoke with a former US Navy sonar operator who served onboard the record-breaking submarine. Photo courtesy of US Navy.

World Cup Year Is Upon Us: How 2014 Will Define Brazilian Identity

Brazil is the most successful nation in the history of international football. The most celebrated in coming as close to creating a “brand” of football as anyone is ever likely to.<p>Since the 1970 World Cup winning side, considered one of, if not the, best team in the history of the sport, Brazilian …

Give up giving up: why I hate Dry January

If you are having a 'Dry January' you're more than halfway through. Why not celebrate with a drink because the whole notion of 'binge sobriety' is a waste of time<p>Getting drunk is lovely. I've done it. Some of the most fun I've had in my life, in fact, has been poured from a dark glass bottle and …

How to fake an opinion about the 2014 Oscar nominations

Based on an unscientific analysis of award-show chatter, here's all you need to know about the 2014 Oscar nominees<p>• 12 Years a Slave must clean up – that doesn't mean it will<p>• Oscar nominations: Steve McQueen on track to make history<p>• Gallery: leading nominees in pictures<p>Each year, Hollywood's …