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Andy McSmith's Diary: You don’t need to rise too early to catch Justine Greening out on geography

When hundreds of thousands of people have been rendered homeless and desperate by one of the most ferocious storms on record, it is an occasion for the Secretary of State for International Development to move into action.

Classical review: Reich/Currie/Glass, Royal Festival Hall

The penultimate weekend of the Rest Is Noise festival highlighted the best and worst of American ‘minimalism’: with a piano recital in which Andrew Zolinsky showed what spells Cage and Feldman could weave through the suggestive use of silence, and with rare personal appearances by the movement’s high priests, Steve Reich and Philip Glass. 

My life in travel: Jeff Stelling

'I defy anyone not to fall in love with the orang-utans of Borneo after seeing them'

Robert Mugabe redistributed land from 6,000 white farmers to 245,000 black farmers

Thank you, Mr Mugabe: Zimbabwe’s forced land redistribution led to huge controversy - but it has transformed the lives of thousands of small farmers

The tobacco industry is no longer marked by the pattern of large, white-owned farms, which have been seized and resettled

Vehicles damaged by falling debris after an earthquake struck Cebu city

Philippines earthquake: Death toll rises in tourist islands Bohol and Cebu

Markets and buildings collapsed in Bohol and in the nearby Cebu province when the 7.2 magnitude quake struck

World Cup qualifiers: Australia sack Holger Osieck after Socceroos humiliated again – this time by France

The thinking behind Australia’s switch in football federations from Oceania to Asia in 2006 was that it would raise standards in both their domestic and international sides. It has not quite worked out like that so far.

Pope Francis wants to tackle endemic corruption at the Vatican

Pope signals start of new war on Vatican corruption

Special audience with whistleblower seen as signalling bold crackdown on cronyism and graft in the Holy See

Climate Action: A consensus of the sensible can beat polluters' PR

Six steps the world should take to fight climate change

Unprecedented shift in temperature will begin to hit tropics in less than a decade

Areas with highest densities of wildlife and most vulnerable human populations will be  hardest hit, says study

Vladimir Putin, seen here at a press conference on the last day of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Indonesia, has demanded an apology from the Netherlands over the arrest of a Russian diplomat

Netherlands apologises to furious Vladimir Putin after Russian diplomat ‘beaten and detained’ in The Hague

The Russian embassy’s second-most senior diplomat says he was ‘defending his children’ from unidentified masked assailants

James Moore: Robin Hood in reverse – poor are set to suffer as Royal Mail floats

Outlook: Critics of the planned listing reckon valuation could be £1.2bn light

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to boycott Commonwealth summit over Sri Lanka human rights records

The Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, says he will boycott next month’s Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka because of human rights concerns. He is also threatening to cut off funding to the organisation over the decision to host the meeting there.

Boys play on debris from damaged buildings in the Duma neighbourhood in Damascus

Syria's chemical weapons: The deadly serious challenge begins

UN-sanctioned inspectors have already begun to destroy Syria’s arsenal. But with as much as 1,000 tonnes of sarin, mustard gas and other neurotoxic agents spread across dozens of different locations, the task remaining is huge

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The moon appeared bigger and brighter at the weekend
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A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany, says Patrick Cockburn
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First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
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You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial...

Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
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Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

Blackest is the new black

Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
Meet the Quantified Selfers: From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor

Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
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Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

When it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish – among others – know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor