Afghan president Hamid Karzai tells ministers to cut costs while staying at Claridge"s with 40 officials

Afghan president tells his ministers to cut costs while staying at Claridge's (suite 7,000 a night) with entourage of 40, and you pick up the bill Hamid Karzai issued decree telling officials to cut back on expensive tripsSame day he checks into exclusive London hotel costing up to 7k a nightAfghan premier was in UK for peace talks with Pakistan president Zardari By Jason Groves PUBLISHED: 10:21 GMT, 8 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:04 GMT, 9 February 2013 His war-torn country is one of the poorest in the world. But Afghan President Hamid Karzai showed he has a taste for the finer things in life this week – by asking the British taxpayer to put him and his 40-strong entourage up at Claridge’s during a stay in London

Queen misses Sunday service at church on Sandringham estate as she suffers from a cold but other Royals are out if force

Philip goes solo: Queen misses church after catching a cold as Royals descend on Sandringham for Christmas celebrations The monarch missed the service for the first time in living memoryOther members of the Royal Family were led to church by Prince PhilipSpokesman describes The Queen's illness as the 'tail end of a cold'Prince Andrew joined daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess EugeniePrince Edward, Sophie Wessex and Lady Louise Windsor also attended | UPDATED: 17:20 GMT, 23 December 2012 The Queen missed church today after being hit by a nasty bug, but insists she will be well enough to celebrate Christmas. The 86-year-old monarch has been laid low by a illness which a spokesman described yesterday as 'the tail end of a heavy cold'