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A new Kenyan law aims to quell poaching by increasing the notoriously light penalties for the growing illegal trade

Sony World Photography Awards 2009: The best photographs in the world

From intense close ups of endangered species to the tragedy and horror of war, life in all its diverse forms is celebrated in the Sony World Photography Awards 2009.

Howard Jacobson: I don't believe in the joy of giving. What's wrong with a tangerine and a Toblerone?

Modern children are greedy and need to be resisted for their own future good

Dying call of an endangered species – the 'Standard' vendor

The traditional street-corner cry of 'Staaan-D'd' is being silenced. Matthew Bell reports

Red alert: scientists identify 17,000 endangered species

Conservation groups warn of 'alarming' loss of biodiversity as thousands of animals face imminent extinction

The Plight of the Bumblebee, Radio 4<br/>Ken Bruce, Radio 2

Bumblebees and Beatle widows, two species on the brink

Leading article: Panda power

In a world where there is so much human suffering – the doubly-dispossessed refugees of the Calais "jungle" being but one example – it is no wonder that some complain about the time and money spent on conserving rare animals. The panda is a particular case in point. Even among endangered species, as the BBC nature presenter Chris Packham argued, the panda seems especially undeserving – adored more for its winsome looks than for any claim to viability.

Leading article: Wild at heart

Zoos, as we are all being told in these animal sensitive times, are imprisoning institutions whose main value is to preserve endangered species and provide somewhere to go for separated fathers whose turn is to look after the kids for the weekend.

Cunning stunts: Edinburgh Festival's greatest PR moments

Edinburgh old-timer Mark Borkowski pays tribute to one of the festival's finest art forms: the publicists' tricks that propel certain performers centre stage

Album: Sun People, Nickodemus, ESL / Wonderwheel

Producer/turntablist Nickodemus brings the world to his New York studio on this follow-up to the wellreceived Endangered Species, mixing up a series of spicy pan-cultural crossovers in which East sidles up to West and gives it a playful pinch on the posterior, before both head south to shake a tail with their hedonist Latin cousins.

Mary Dejevsky: Why are the spies of old allowed to retain their romantic sheen?

Sir Anthony Blunt was a traitor. Let me write that again, so you have to read it again: Sir Anthony Blunt was a traitor. A vicar's son, who attained privilege, he enjoyed a charmed life and, it now turns out, a charmed death.

Forget Dolly, there's an easier way to clone &ndash; and it works

Scientists use skin cells to create fertile mice which go on to have their own babies

Leading article: Sea change

Some forms of protection are more effective than others. The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas has proven perfectly useless in conserving stocks of bluefin tuna. By contrast, The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), while certainly not perfect, has been far more effective in safeguarding those animals put under its protection.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Wearing the burqa is neither Islamic nor socially acceptable

To deny face-to-face interaction is to deny our shared humanity

Electric Ink, Radio 4<br>David Attenborough's Life Stories, Radio 4

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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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How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

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
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

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
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘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
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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
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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

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
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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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