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The most agonising choice many attendees of the World Economic Forum in Davos face is whether to go for a Martini or a smooth Riesling at the countless lavish parties that take place after hours.

UK to recognise Syrian opposition

Britain is to recognise the Syrian opposition as a "legitimate representative" of the country's people, William Hague said today.

Photography: Temporary Architecture Now! By Philip Jodidio

Architecture is traditionally one of the more lasting human endeavours.

Human Chain, By Seamus Heaney

Typically, beautifully, the 12-line title poem of a volume that embodies Heaney's return from illness begins with a "close-up" of aid workers on TV swinging "bags of meal" one to another as soldiers fire.

Aid worker killed in raid may get award

Linda Norgrove has been shortlisted for a posthumous humanitarian award for her "selfless" work in Afghanistan. The 36-year-old aid worker died in a failed rescue attempt by US special forces after being seized by militants in September.

US troops disciplined over grenade death of British aid worker

Members of the US Special Forces have been disciplined after an investigation into the death of Linda Norgrove, a British aid worker in Afghanistan, revealed she was killed by a grenade thrown by her would-be rescuers.

Parents tell of 'nightmare' over aid worker Linda Norgrove's death

The parents of aid worker Linda Norgrove today spoke of their "nightmare" at learning of their daughter's death in Afghanistan.

Insurgents kidnap British aid worker

A British aid worker has been abducted while working in eastern Afghanistan after an ambush by insurgents.

Charities say war has crept up to 'safer' north

Aid agencies in Afghanistan have launched urgent reviews of their security in the wake of the killings of 10 medical workers in the north of the country.

Kidnapped aid worker flies home after trauma of mock executions

Irish aid worker Sharon Commins arrived back in Dublin last night, free at last after three and a half months as a hostage of bandits in the mountains of Darfur, in western Sudan.

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Aid and Other Dirty Business, By Giles Bolton

Something is wrong with a world in which three hundred million Africans live on less than €1 a day, while every cow in the EU receives a daily subsidy of €2.50. Giles Bolton, a diplomat and aid worker, has written a compelling and accessible primer about the West's dealings and intentions towards Africa which lucidly explains what, and blows the whistle alerting us to bad practices and mismanagement within the multi-million-dollar aid business.

'Child smuggling' aid workers are released after presidential pardon

All six French aid workers convicted in December of trying to smuggle over a hundred children out of Chad were freed last night after receiving pardons from Chad's president.

Sharon Stone: This heart of Stone

The actress cries on cue and cares about social injustice, but Gill Pringle still finds it hard to warm to the woman best-known for uncrossing her legs in 'Basic Instinct'

Jan Egeland: Will we be ready when a tsunami strikes again?

Aid resembles a lottery in which few win and most lose. This is unacceptable

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