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'Deserted States of America'

Man faces prison for leaving water in desert

A US judge has threatened to sentence a man to 25 days in prison for littering after he left out jugs of water for thirsty illegal immigrants in the Arizona desert.

Leading article: Radio star

For Radio 4 yesterday, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. On the one hand, the latest Rajar figures showed the station is attracting its largest audiences for a decade. On the other hand, the day also brought the sad news of the death of Norman Painting, who provided the voice of Philip Archer, on the station's much-loved drama serial, The Archers. Radio 4 has a unique position in our national life. The station is treated like a mildly delinquent child in many homes: cherished and scolded in equal measure.

Briscoe in as luck deserts O'Loughlin

England have called up the 19-year-old Hull winger, Tom Briscoe, for the Four Nations as Sean O'Loughlin's wretched luck at international level continues.

Aborigines: 'I was terrified. I didn't know anything about white fellas'

Until 1964, they had never been in contact with the outside world. Newly discovered footage captures the moment their innocence ended

Album: Les Triaboliques, Rivermudtwilight (World Village)

Ben Mandelson, Lu Edmonds and Justin Adams aren't household names, but these three distinguished strummers of all things stringed have, between them, collaborated with numerous rock and world acts over the past three decades.

Tinariwen: iTunes Festival, The Roundhouse, London

Desert songs of enchantment

Album: Tinariwen, Imidiwan (Independiente)

Recorded deeper in the desert than their previous albums, Imidiwan could be characterised as a return to Tinariwen's roots, had they ever moved that far from them in the first place: certainly, their concerns remain the same, a mixture of revolutionary sermons praising fallen comrades or calling upon their brethren to rise up against oppression, and poetic reflections on life in the desert, such as "Assuf Ag Assuf", in which the land's dark loneliness is offered fellowship as friend rather than foe.

Killing Rommel, By Steven Pressfield

Readers of Steven Pressfield know that his stylish and meticulous novels of battle can rise as far above an often dismal genre as Patrick O'Brian's. After two tales of Alexander the Great, he shifts epochs – without any softening of his flinty, rhythmic and laconic prose – to dramatise an episode of the Desert War in North Africa.

Another minister deserts Brown

Environment minister Jane Kennedy today quit the Government, saying she had been forced to do so because she would not give an assurance of loyalty to Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

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