Racism gets a reality check

The abuse of Shilpa Shetty on 'Celebrity Big Brother' has prompted more than 21,000 protests. <br />Effigies of contestants are burnt in Patna as India reacts angrily to her treatment. <br />Tony Blair's spokesman says any perception Britain tolerates racism 'has to be regretted'. <br />The broadcaster defends programme against criticism but enjoys boost in ratings.

It's Winter (12A)

If the title It's Winter ended in an exclamation mark, you'd be right to be wary. But this is one seasonal film you can see without fear of encountering tap-dancing penguins or Jude Law in a cosy sweater. Rafi Pitts's film is somewhat more austere - but don't let the A-word put you off, either. Please don't overlook It's Winter in the festive rush; in any season, this Iranian gem would stand out as a terrific discovery.

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Critics say it's not the station's job to promote the Scissor Sisters

Four kidnapped during attack on Italian oil terminal in Nigeria

Gunmen attacked an oil terminal in southern Nigeria belonging to a subsidiary of Italy's Eni SpA yesterday, killing one person and taking four foreigners hostage. Italy's Foreign Ministry said that three Italians and one Lebanese national were kidnapped.

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Obesity epidemic 'will drive cancer cases to 12,000 a year'

Fat Britons are more likely to get cancer, experts warn. The obesity epidemic is set to drive up cancer rates, causing 1,500 extra cases a year by 2010, the charity Cancer Research UK says.

Wonderful tour... shame about the cricket: Flintoff's side in line of fire Down Under

The scenery is spectacular, the food and drink magnificent but for England cricketers the main experience of touring Australia is facing a barrage of hostility from the moment they step off the plane, writes Angus Fraser

Deutsche quits Hertz float after e-mail gaffe

Deutsche Bank has been forced to withdraw as an underwriter to one of the biggest US flotations of the year, after sending inappropriate e-mails about the deal to its institutional investor clients.

Carbon monoxide exposure: silent killer

The gas that poisoned a family on holiday in Corfu is present in all homes. So why do doctors often miss signs of carbon monoxide exposure? Dr Ed Walker reports

All the King's Men (12A)

You're a lame duck, governor

Come on, Clare! MPs urge Short to join 'naughty club'

Politicians are not known for their trend-setting prowess. There does, however, seem to be an emerging vogue in Westminster for MPs to flash two fingers at the big political parties (mainly at Labour).

John Walsh: Tales of the City

'Is the Kremlin, that off-puttingly bleak and spiky fortress, really anyone's idea of something wonderful?'

Why coffee is just what a premature baby needs

The shot of caffeine that peps up adults at the start of the day does the same for premature babies, doctors have found.

It's enough to make you weep

There's a lovely passage in David Thomson's latest book The Whole Equation in which the author sheepishly confesses to having a crush on Nicole Kidman. Actually, I'm not sure that "sheepish" quite does justice to his tone - which is a good deal more analytical than that might suggest - but Thomson is uncomfortably aware that such a feeling could be taken as undermining his professional standing as a writer on film. "In one obvious way it is an admission that could rule the critic out of order," he says. On the other hand, he wants to argue that such feelings are absolutely central to the spell that cinema exerts over us. This raises the uncomfortable question of what we mean when we say we "love" an actress or actor - and how it might colour and corrupt our more intimate uses of the word.
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