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Revealed: the $2bn offshore trail that leads to Vladimir Putin

A massive leak of documents shines new light on the fabulous fortunes of the Russian president’s inner circle<p>A network of secret offshore deals and vast loans worth $2bn has laid a trail to Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin.<p>An unprecedented leak of documents shows how this money has made members …

Early Fiction in England – the roots of our literature

From the tall tales of Geoffrey of Monmouth to Chaucer’s romances, these extracts from the middle ages tell a surprising and entertaining story<p>We’re all, are we not, familiar with the story of King Arthur? How, with the help of his magical sword, Caliburnus, he conquered Norway and Denmark in a …

Queen Elizabeth Becomes Britain’s Longest Reigning Monarch

Prince Charles

Refugee crisis: east and west split as leaders resent Germany for waiving rules

Central European nations pin blame on the EU – but their unilateral actions are a hindrance to a solution<p>Europe’s meltdown in the face of its biggest post-1945 immigration emergency is generating the worst east-west split since the Iraq war, when Donald Rumsfeld divided it into “new Europe and old …

Where is the north of England? Don't ask the government

James Wharton, the new minister for the ‘northern powerhouse’, admits the government has yet to decide where the north actually is<p>The government has been forced to admit it has yet to define the geographical location of George Osborne’s much-heralded “northern powerhouse” economic growth zone.<p>Nick …

George Osborne

Treason! Magna Carta barons face trial 800 years on

The Barons and Bishops who forced King John to sign Magna Carta, enshrining key rights such as rule of law and protection of property, are to face 'charges of treason' - 800 years after the historic document was written<p>They have long been credited with helping to lay the foundations of the British …

Pharma

A very British business

THEY are known, quaintly, as “public schools”, though they are certainly not open to just anyone. Their names—Eton, Winchester, Harrow, …

Education

Rare Supertide Turns Ancient Abbey Into Isolated Island

A supertide turned France's famed Mont Saint-Michel into an island on Saturday and then retreated out of sight, delighting thousands of visitors who came to see the rare phenomenon.<p>The so-called "tide of the century" actually happens every 18 years. Although the tide rushes in and out along the …

France

The death of Queen Elizabeth will be the most disruptive event in Britain in the last 70 years

UPDATE: A new, revised, and expanded version of this story was published on December 27, 2016. Click here to read it »<p>Queen Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of this Realm and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, is not going to live …

10 iconic 'British' brands that aren't even British anymore

With the news that the Yanks have been messing with our Cadbury Creme Eggs, we thought it might be interesting to take a look at other iconic British …

Prague at Dusk

Prague Has Never Looked So Beautiful All Covered In Snow

We all know Prague is stunning. Really. It's been on our list of places to hit up for-basically-ever.<p>And now it went and got even prettier thanks to this week's snow storm. Just look at how awesome the already awesome city looks covered in white powder.<p>Seriously majestic.<p>There's lots to see while …

Affordable Family-Friendly Hotels in Paris

(Photo Credit: Hotel Ares Tour Eiffel)<p><b>Hotel Ares Tour Eiffel</b><p>A quick walk away from the Eiffel Tower and the Champ de Mars, this stylish boutique hotel is ideally located to visit Paris' main attractions. The fashion conscious will appreciate the sleek modern bathrooms with their Versace tiling and …

The Battle of Agincourt, October 25, 1415

A.H. Burne analyses the key factors that led to what would be a major victory in the Hundred Years' War.<p>The rival armies went to rest, but few to …

'Endies': Employed with No Disposable Income are struggling in London

If for London the 1980s was the decade of yuppies, now the capital finds itself home to the "endies" – Employed but with No Disposable Income or Savings.<p>Feeling unloved, overworked and ignored, endies are becoming disillusioned with their lot, according to a report from the Centre for London that …

Wake-up call for Brits as Germans refuse to take towel jibes lying down

They are the most loathed figures on holiday, the stealthy shadows creeping through the dawn light, armed with little more than a tell-tale swathe of fabric over one arm, heading inexorably towards the line of poolside sunloungers.<p>Every British holidaymaker is convinced the culprits are the …

The complicated culture of Bosnian coffee

Centuries of Ottoman rule may have left the Bosnians in an identity crisis, but one thing’s for certain – you can never call their coffee Turkish.<p>Even today, 136 years after the Ottomans ceded it to Austria-Hungary, Bosnia-Hercegovina shows many signs of its nearly four centuries of Turkish rule: …

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How Edin Džeko united Bosnia

The floodwaters that engulfed the village of Topcic Polje in central Bosnia-Herzegovina have finally retreated, as they have done across thousands of other villages in Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia. Three months of rain fell in three days – the worst floods for 120 years, killing 35 people and causing …

Sex, drugs and GDP

THE announcement on May 22nd by Istat, Italy’s statistical body, that from October it would include drug trafficking, prostitution, and …

Economics

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26 Castles That Have Reached Fairytale Status

Castles are already pretty spectacular but put one on top of a mountain or hanging over the edge of a cliff and they get elevated to fairytale status.<p>From Scotland to Syria, the amazing architecture and jaw-dropping views are sure to impress any traveler.<p><b>Swallow's Nest, Gaspra, Crimea</b><p><b>Aragonese</b> …

Elevador da Bica, Lisbon | Portugal (by Fábio Eusébio)

<b>Elevador da Bica, Lisbon | Portugal</b> (by Fábio Eusébio)

Never walk alone

THE rivalry between Manchester United and Liverpool Football Club is among the oldest and fiercest in football. The teams first met in 1894, when …

Have They All Gone Crazy

Sometimes, I ask myself whether it is possible to be right though it means dismissing everybody else's opinion. Or whether one must surrender to the idea that unanimity must prevail. However, in the light of what is happening at the moment in Ukraine, I feel reinforced in my initial intuition, …

This Italian Town Looks Like It's Out Of A Fairytale

Welcome to Alberobello! This little Italian <i>comune</i> is located in the Bari province of Puglia, Italy.<p>Alberobello is known for its trulli -- limestone dwellings with domed, conical or pyramidal roofs -- which are on the UNESCO world heritage list. The structures look like they're straight out of a …