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Cameron leads backlash against Archbishop

David Cameron led a Government backlash against the Archbishop of Canterbury's stinging criticism of the Coalition's policy programme yesterday. The outspoken comments from Dr Rowan Williams, in which he protested that ministers were driving through radical policies not put to the voters, infuriated Downing Street.

China dissident wins Nobel peace prize

Imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize today for "his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights" — a prize likely to enrage the Chinese government, which had warned the Nobel committee not to honour him.

Terence Blacker: Standing up for bad language

The much-loved author Alexander McCall Smith is concerned about moral pollution. He believes that swearing blights society, representing "casual aggression" and, under certain circumstances, "a form of sexual intrusion".

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One Minute With: Ruth Rendell, novelist

I'm sitting in my house in London and I'm looking at my emails. I can see my gallery railings with French windows down below. There's an extremely handsome cat walking about in my garden.