Joan Smith: Lord Carey's nostalgia for a country that never existed

Those fearful of population growth should call for more birth control

Pro-Mugabe bishop locks out faithful

Anglicans forced to pray in the street as Zimbabwe cleric refuses to accept sacking

More Irish bishops quit over abuse scandal

Catholics across Ireland were attending Christmas Day Mass today as two more bishops resigned in the wake of a devastating clerical child abuse inquiry.

Archbishop condemns Ugandan anti-gay debate

The Archbishop of York spoke out today against anti-homosexual laws being debated in Uganda.

Gordon Brown: Small number of countries held Copenhagen talks to ransom

Efforts to secure a legally-binding climate change deal failed last week because talks were "held to ransom" by a small number of countries, Gordon Brown said today.

Johann Hari: It's the protesters who offer the best hope for our planet

They've ensured the corporate lobbyists punching holes in the deal are shamed

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Christians shouldn't be blaming others

It's not PC enforcers who are guilty of neglecting to keep up the spirit of Christmas

PM's mystery phone claim girl talk

The mystery over a series of lengthy late-night phone calls revealed on the Prime Minister's expenses claims has been solved.

Government treats believers as 'oddities', says Archbishop

The Archbishop of Canterbury has attacked the Government for treating religious believers as "oddities", it was revealed today.

Archbishop lends support to Teesside Corus workers

The Archbishop of York will visit workers at the doomed Corus steelworks on Teesside today

The greenest show on Earth

For the next two weeks, events in Copenhagen will dominate the headlines. Cahal Milmo explains what all the fuss is about

Will England get a pot of gold at end of Rainbow Nation's finals?

Theron wore red, Beckham wore a beard, and Capello wore a smile as draw favoured his team

Dublin Archbishops colluded over abuse

Catholic Church apologises as report reveals how senior clerics protected priests from scandal despite 'perversion of power and trust visited on helpless and innocent children'

Church had immunity to conceal sex abuse, says report

The Catholic hierarchy in Ireland was granted immunity to cover up child sex abuse among paedophile priests in Dublin, a damning report revealed today.

Tom Sutcliffe: Should we pay double to save the bookshop?

A civilized city without bookshops – or without enough bookshops – struck me as a contradiction in terms
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In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

Robert Fisk on our crisis with Iran
The young are the new poor: A third of young people pushed into poverty

The young are the new poor

Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty
Greens on the march: ‘We could be on the edge of something very big’

Greens on the march

‘We could be on the edge of something very big’
Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby - through the stories of his accusers

Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby

Through the stories of his accusers
Why are words like 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?

The Meaning of Mongol

Why are the words 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?
Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible