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As ambitions go, Lee Humphries’ is an unusual, if lofty, one – to ascend the highest points of 100 different countries. As he crests the halfway mark in his quest, he explains all to Julian Shea.

Imagine a town studded with watchtowers like San Gimignano in Tuscany, but set high on a plateau, 100 miles from the nearest centre of population.

If Theresa May had made her “citizens of nowhere” speech a few years earlier, she would probably have received a letter of stern rebuke marked Kardamyli, Greece.

Vodka – The clean, clear spirit is an essential ingredient in many a classic cocktail.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un are playing a very dangerous game of nuclear poker, argues Paul Connew. But does either leader have the cards that could avoid destruction?

There is a rare chance of peace in Syria. But, Hamish De Bretton-Gordon writes, Brexit is getting in the way of the UK and the EU playing the role we should.

The decline of democracy in Hungary is an ominous sign for Europe.

Brexiteers have deluded themselves with a belief in the native pluck of the British which will eventually win the day.

A new theatre production telling the story of the arrest and imprisonment of feminist collective Pussy Riot shows why they are more relevant now than ever.

Vlad the Lad is the supreme master of the macho man holiday snap...

Long considered a lodestar of go-it-alone globalisation, Singapore now needs its neighbours more than ever

Safe choices and repetition have put lampooning comedy on its knees

As tensions in the Korean peninsula have risen, various apocalyptic scenarios for how a potential conflict might unfold have emerged.

Trump, with his appetite for diversionary tactics, could see a pre-emptive strike against North Korea as the ultimate diversion from his domestic problems

When the political season resumes with the party conferences, we had better have got our act together. All of us. Or else this thing is happening

From the outrageously expensive flops to big budget blockbusters, we pick four of the riskiest cinema spends

Oil-rich Venezuela’s dream of fashioning a better society through a third way between communism and capitalism has turned into a nightmare with riots on the streets.

It is 50 years since a huge breakthrough for gay rights in the UK – the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality

The US is stumbling towards an autocracy, as it emerges Donald Trump is exploring ways to pardon himself even before any accusations have been made.

‘The Will Of The People ... Once upon a time, I would have thought the phrase absurdly un-British’

There are encouraging signs for bears across Europe. But for one subspecies – numbering only around 50 – the situation is particularly perilous. Efforts are being made to find out more about this isolated population right in the heart of Italy.

The haunting image of a ruined city is nothing new. Here we examine the horrors of urban warfare from Stalingrad to Mosul

The British media has always failed in its coverage of European affairs.

Emmanuel Macron has been lucky. But also courageous. Here’s how the combination has led to a remarkable turnaround in previously gloomy nation

Really Theresa May? Consensus? With the “saboteurs”, the “enemies of the people”?

The shadows of impeachment hanging over the White House have darkened massively… thanks to the New York Times which might yet end up emulating the Washington Post in bringing down a disgraced president.

There are encouraging signs for bears across Europe. But for one subspecies – numbering only around 50 – the situation is particularly perilous. Efforts are being made to find out more about this isolated population right in the heart of Italy.

An ice cold San Miguel on a Spanish beach, or a glass of a Bordeaux in a Paris restaurant might seem like the ultimate in European drinks, but these ten classics are underrated examples of the continent’s cocktails, cordials and concentrates.

In this column’s unflinching commitment to finding fragments of silver lining in the debris that has been the Year of Brexit it is torn between Emmanuel Macron and Dominic Cummings.

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