It is a plaster that cannot heal the region's perpetual turmoil

Olympics chief: I respect Spielberg's boycott decision

The leader of the International Olympic Committee has said he respects Steven Spielberg's decision to abort his involvement in this year's Games because of China's reluctance to urge Sudan to act over the humanitarian crisis in Darfur.

Jacques Rogge

In some editions of yesterday's print edition (14 February) the list of signatories of the letter sent by Nobel laureates and others to the Chinese President urging action on Darfur mistakenly included the name of Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee. He was not in fact a signatory of the letter but an intended recipient. Our apologies for this error.

Minister: Olympic boycott would serve no purpose

Olympics minister Tessa Jowell said that calling for a boycott of this summer's Games over the Darfur crisis does not serve any purpose.

China says ulterior motives behind Darfur criticism

China said today day that "ulterior" motives were behind some criticism of its actions in Sudan, and that the problems there should not be linked with this summer's Olympics in Beijing.

In Olympic year, China urged to use its influence in Darfur

China has been called upon to abandon its support for Sudan by a coalition of Nobel Prize-winners and international athletes, who demanded that this year's Olympic hosts cease to trade with a regime which is held responsible by the world for the carnage in Darfur.

Mia Farrow: It's time to end the genocide

This is a critical moment for Darfur. China must do all in its power to persuade Khartoum to stop the aerial bombardment and ground attacks on civilian populations and to immediately admit peacekeepers, as outlined in the latest UN resolution, to protect civilians and humanitarians in Darfur. We also ask that China support UN sanctions against Khartoum.

Johann Hari: Spielberg has taken a stand. We must too

Steven Spielberg has finally decided he does not want to be part of a holocaust stamped "Made in China". It's an overdue decision – but one that could now begin an Olympic chain reaction to save the starved survivors in Darfur.

Spielberg snubs Beijing Olympics over Darfur crisis

The film director Steven Spielberg has pulled out of his role as an "artistic adviser" to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing over the Chinese government's refusal to pressurise Sudan into ending the humanitarian crisis in Darfur.

Chad threatens to kick out Darfur refugees for bringing 'insecurity'

Chad has threatened to expel any more refugees from Sudan's Darfur region, saying their presence is triggering insecurity, and called on the international community to take them away.

Police halt Mia Farrow's genocide protest

The Hollywood actress Mia Farrow has been prevented from holding a rally at a former Khmer Rouge prison where thousands of Cambodians were held and tortured before being dispatched to their deaths at nearby "killing fields".

Return of Rooney closes door on Defoe's World Cup

Not all the disappointment surrounding Wayne Rooney's return to Germany will have been confined to Manchester United. For Jermain Defoe, the sight of the smiling England No 9 waltzing through the doors of the team hotel on Wednesday night was confirmation that his World Cup was over.

The Changeling, Barbican, London

The first shock is that the Barbican Theatre has been reoccupied and reduced. An audience of only 400 people sits on the stage in uncomfortable seats. So much for the grand vision of the purpose-built RSC home in London. This is the start of Cheek by Jowl's three-year residency, and it looks like an admission of defeat.

Nathalie Civet: 'The people in Darfur are in a humanitarian limbo'

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