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And now, almost unmentioned in the media, their holy places are also being desecrated

Republic of Ireland have options in attacks says Giovanni Trapattoni

Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni could head into next month's Euro 2012 play-offs without first-choice striker pairing Robbie Keane and Kevin Doyle.

Album: The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble, Music of Georges I (ECM)

The music for piano written in the 1920s by the exotic guru-figure Gurdjieff and his pupil, the Russian modernist-composer Thomas de Hartmann is returned to the east from whence it came in these startling new arrangements for an orchestra of folk instruments by fellow Armenian Levon Eskenian.

Album: Various artists, The Rough Guide to World Lullabies (World Music Network)

This makes for a very pleasant hour: lullabies are the most universal of art forms, and the wishes expressed by these mothers are both multifarious and significant.

Safe havens in a hostile world – for 60 years

A 1951 UN convention has saved 50 million from torture, death or war.

Armenian tomato and aubergine salad

Serves 4-6

Elena Bonner: Soviet dissident and human rights activist who campaigned alongside her husband, Andrei Sakharov

Born in Merv, Central Asia, in 1923, a wartime nurse and physician by profession, Elena Bonner was known internationally as a human rights activist in the Soviet Union in the 1970s and the wife of Andrei Sakharov, the most prestigious and influential of dissidents.

Hand of friendship is withdrawn as Turkey and Armenia squabble

A monument built to celebrate friendship between Turkey and Armenia is being dismantled, in a gesture that shows how much an attempted rapprochement between the two nations has stalled.

Flowers laid in honour of Armenian victims

Hundreds of thousands of Armenians laid flowers yesterday at a monument to the victims of mass killings by Ottoman Turks.

Letters: Burka ban is an attack on Muslim religion

The decision by the French government to ban the burka is extremely disturbing as it is a clear attack on religious expression (leading article, 11 April). Although moderate Muslim leaders have co-operated with the French government to reduce any possible confrontation, whether the ban is the most appropriate way of integrating France's Muslim community into France's secular society must be questioned. The ban appeals to the far right and marginalises those who are not politically engaged.

Granny cuts off Georgia's internet during scrap hunt

Usually when there are internet problems in former Soviet countries, people suspect nefarious government interference. This time, though, it was a granny on the hunt for scrap metal who damaged fibre-optic cables leading from Georgia to Armenia and knocked the entire country's internet out for several hours.

More than one in 10 nuclear power plants at risk from earthquakes

Many stations are in countries that would be less able than Japan to cope with disasters

Ten top...City Spring Breaks

1 Liverpool

The Beatles-themed Hard Days Night Hotel (harddaysnighthotel .com) is offering double rooms from £105 per night this spring.

Bar Balto, By Faïza Guène, trans. Sarah Ardizzone

One frequently-used metaphor for translation describes it as a sophisticated kind of ventriloquism – fooling you into thinking you're hearing one person's voice, while it's the voice of some invisible other. For a superlative example of translator-as-ventriloquist, discover Sarah Ardizzone and her work on the young French writer Faïza Guène. In this, their third collaboration, Ardizzone isn't merely performing the usual translator's trick of standing in the shadows and rendering an English-language voice – she's throwing 11 voices at once.

My Secret Life: Ranulph Fiennes, explorer, 66

My parents were... I had a wonderful mother for over 60 years – I was with her when she died, in her nineties. My father, who has been my life-long hero, was killed in the war four months before I was born.

World's oldest winery unearthed in Armenia

Archaeologists have unearthed the oldest wine-making facility ever found, using biochemical techniques to identify a dry red vintage made about 6,000 years ago in what is now southern Armenia.

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