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CIA torture report: It didn't work then, it doesn't work now

World View: Its use is always wrong and, despite CIA justifications post 9/11, the information obtained from it is invariably tainted
Many treatable illnesses are becoming increasingly resistant to drugs.

'Millions will die' without new antibiotics

Ten million people around the world will die unnecessarily every year by 2050 unless new antibiotics are created to tackle drug-resistant infections, a study concludes today.

The CIA has hit back at a damning report, which is claims is 'cherry-picked'

CIA 'torture report': China, Iran and North Korea take aim at US over shocking revelations

The nations suggested the US is guilty of hypocrisy

The British Humanist Association caused a stir with their bus poster campaign in 2009

How the right to deny the existence of God is under threat globally

New report also criticises Scotland's religious representatives on education boards

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai attends a press conference on Tuesday at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo ahead of the ceremony to present her with the award

Malala calls on David Cameron to do better on human rights and climate change

Campaigner will accept Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo

The countries which, according to Open Society, participated in the CIA programme

CIA 'torture' report: The 54 countries that will be worried by controversial revelations

World prepares for moment America comes clean on its ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ – with which much of the world is complicit

South Korean protesters carry a mock nuclear missile during an anti-North Korea rally to end North Korea's suspected development of nuclear weapons

Risks of nuclear war rising because of global tensions and insecure stockpiles, warn experts

'Too many nuclear weapons in the world remain ready to launch on short notice,' the military, political and diplomatic figures say

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, 48, was even named Preacher of the Year, out of all the faiths in Britain

Shmuley Boteach: Sex, Sainsbury's, celebrity... and anti-Semitism

The self-proclaimed 'Rabbi of America', says Britain has grown worryingly anti-Israel – and he wants us to listen to him
Boris Johnson cycles through the streets of Jakarta on Car Free Sunday with Indonesian President, Joko Widodo (second left)

Boris Johnson, international statesman? The Mayor of London takes a Far East tour

To become Prime Minister, the Mayor must convince people he can represent Britain abroad. Joseph Watts followed him to see how he measured up

President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani has received assurances of continuing international support

Western leaders reassure Afghanistan of continued funding after withdrawal of coalition forces

President Ashraf Ghani urged to tackle corruption and carry out reforms in return for international assistance

John Kerry claims that air strikes have made a ‘significant impact’ on Isis capabilities

War with Isis: US hails 'significant impact' of bombing raids but Syria's President Assad is not so sure

US Secretary of State John Kerry said that air strikes had already killed key leaders and damaged the group’s capabilities

Meet the micronation builders: Self-appointed leaders have created independent territories, complete with flags, anthems and crowns

It takes more than a strip of land, a made-up currency and a gaudy flag to found your own micronation… doesn't it? The photographer Léo Delafontaine goes in search of frontiers new
Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel at a summit in Dresden; the German Chancellor is said to be losing patience with the Russian President’s actions in Ukraine

Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

In France, the Front National was recently granted a €9m loan by a small financial institution to fund the party’s campaign for next year’s regional elections

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, left, and John Kerry in Vienna

One day to go until Iran nuclear deadline

But German diplomat claims an agreement with Tehran has 'never been closer'
The ScotRail franchise contract has been given to an offshoot of the state-owned Dutch national railways

Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services

Exclusive: ‘Scandal’ of UK citizens’ millions that go to foreign state-owned public services

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Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

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Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
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