Priests should be allowed to marry and have sex, says Britain's top Catholic

Cardinal Keith O'Brien says new Pope could consider changing rules on priestly celibacy

The monopoly over the global food supply is harming African farmers

Monopoly of grain trade has forced millions into starvation, say charities

Campaign targets multinationals who control 90 per cent of produce

Why we have to stay and help in this war-torn country

Now that fighting here in the Central African Republic is forcing thousands of families to flee their homes, Unicef's role is more important than ever.

Exclusive: Rise in number of couples seeking 'wombs for hire' abroad

Increase in British couples turning to poor foreign surrogate mothers to have their babies 

The final day of the Global Climate Change conference in Doha

UN Global warming talks bog down in debate on $100bn aid

United Nations global-warming talks bogged down as envoys from more than 190 nations worked into a third night in Doha to settle differences on climate aid and fossil-fuel emissions that would pave the way to a new treaty by 2015.

Clashes over Internet regulation during UN talks

Concerns raised by tech giants that new rules could be used by China and Russia to justify further online monitoring

Africans who harvest their nations’ resources receive little back

Where is Africa's share of the spoils?

The continent sees little of the vast profits made from its natural resources

Climate change: International differences are ahead

China rules out new climate 'regime', setting up US conflict

China, India, South Africa and Brazil say a climate agreement expected to take effect in 2020 won't be a "new regime," potentially setting up a confrontation with the United States, which is seeking to eliminate a firewall in negotiations between developed and developing nations.

Government pledges £1bn to family planning in developing world

The Government will today pledge to donate more than £1 billion to help family planning services in the developing world.

The Immigration Minister, Damian Green, insists all airport desks will be staffed for the Games

One line for the rich, another for the poor: minister's solution to border control crisis

Claims of discrimination over Green's plan for a two-tier system to end delays at Heathrow

Anthony Hilton: World jobs divide puts skills at a premium

People were cheered up when the unemployment numbers came out midweek and with good reason.

Leading article: Rio+20 - limited hopes are still better than none

In the 20 years since the first Earth Summit, there has been sadly little progress

Population growth and over-consumption could have 'potentially catastrophic implications for human wellbeing'

On the eve of the Rio+20 conference, the world’s 105 science academies have warned international leaders that a failure to act now on population growth and over-consumption will have “potentially catastrophic implications for human wellbeing”.

An open-air school in Africa: Companies are avoiding taxes that could ease deprivation

Tax-avoidance could backfire on companies

Firms which find ways to dodge paying tax are facing a PR disaster which could hit their shares.

George Osborne: Accused of creating for multinationals

ActionAid says tax loophole will cheat poor countries out of £4 billion

George Osborne has been accused of depriving poor countries of up to £4bn a year by changing the tax rules for multi-national companies.

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