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The UK Council for Child Internet Safety will draw up a list of approved sites offering advice about topics such as sex and drugs

Terence Blacker: Censorship is in the ascendant

The reaction across the political spectrum to the South Park saga has added to its grim comedy. As a culture, we increasingly prefer to play safe and to avoid trouble

A Question of Belief, By Donna Leon

Donna Leon's elegant crime novels enjoy great success in various translations throughout the world. But, ironically, there is one country where they are not rendered into the native tongue: Italy, the stamping ground of her wily Commissario Brunetti. The reason? Italy is also the adopted country of Leon herself, an American expat who feels that the endemic corruption her copper encounters would seem provocative from an incomer.

John Kampfner: For once, a court decision that gladdens the heart

Once in a while, in these days of antagonism towards the political-legal establishment, something happens that gladdens the heart. The ruling yesterday by three of the UK's most senior judges in the long-running defamation case against the science writer Simon Singh was one such moment.

Beijing denounces Google decision to quit

Internet users redirected to Hong Kong website after two-month censorship row

Google set to pull out of China over censorship

Decision highlights US concern at communist state's online activities

Clegg backs porn director for Commons seat

An award-winning female porn director who has been appointed as a parliamentary hopeful for the Liberal Democrats will be a passionate campaigner for her local area, party leader Nick Clegg said today.

Porn director to fight for Westminster seat

An award-winning female porn director has been appointed as a parliamentary hopeful for the Liberal Democrats, it was disclosed today.

The Patience Stone, By Atiq Rahimi trans Polly McLean

We are in an unnamed city in Afghanistan, trapped in a room with a jihadist soldier lying in a coma. Shot during a brawl, the man lies on the cusp of life and death, passive, mute, but seemingly indestructible. His wife, a beautiful woman in her late twenties, tends to him, fixes the drip that feeds him, moistens his eyes, bathes him.

Google: China scrap could be resolved in weeks

Google's top lawyer says the global search giant's dispute with China over internet censorship will probably be resolved in weeks, but it could take months.

The Google war: China calls US an 'information imperialist'

Speech by Hillary Clinton on internet freedom provokes angry response

Internet censorship 'the new Berlin Wall'

The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has called for an unfettered internet and urged global condemnation of those who conduct cyber attacks, as China sought to contain tension with the US over the hacking and censorship of Google.

China denies Google hacking claims

Communist regime defiant after US company threatens to withdraw from country

Chinese plead with Google not to quit

Web users risk wrath of state with floral tribute outside internet giant's Beijing HQ

Obama hits out at China's censorship

Chinese students draw President into subtle attack on internet restrictions and the 'Great Firewall of China'

Leading article: Clones, cons and censorship

The great cons have always worked because they give people what they want to believe. And there is nothing that the scientific community and the public at large have wanted as much a breakthrough in cloning that would progress the search for a cure for diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

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A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
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The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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