Voices

To buy a ticket for a hotly tipped play, within seconds of booking opening, requires perseverance and nerve as websites falter, payments vanish and a confirmation finally limps through. The goal is to see a top cast, whose fluency and fluidity is testament to years of determination – getting to drama school, being noticed at the end-of-year shows, getting an audition, getting a part and nailing it.  

Pete Seeger talked the talk and walked the walk. Who comes close today?

Maybe young people in the West just aren't that angry any more

Mikaeel Kular mother appears in court on murder charge

Rosdeep Kular appeared in an Edinburgh court for the second time today

The BBC has been criticised by the National Audit Office (NAO) for failing to keep a tighter rein on a failed digital system

Suspended BBC tech chief who oversaw wasted £100m digital media project will sue his former employer

National Audit Office says BBC Executive failed to assess system to see whether it was 'technically sound'

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon (centre) welcomes delegates hoping to bring an end to Syria’s civil war to the Montreux Palace Hotel in Switzerland

Geneva talks: Give Syrians a voice

The peace talks are offering a way out of a vicious cycle, and it is one of the very few hopes for the vast majority of Syrians who reject extremism

Judge Ross Duggan ordered a woman to stop an online 'campaign' against a court’s decision to take her two-year-old granddaughter into care.

Woman ordered to stop posting images of two-year-old granddaughter in Facebook 'campaign' after she was taken into care

Judge rules grandmother’s actions were undermining the child’s right to privacy

A lethal injection chamber

Louisiana switches to lethal drug used on Dennis McGuire to execute convicted killer Christopher Sepulvado

Sepulvado is due to be put to death on 5 February

Maisha Najeeb: Girl to receive multimillion-pound payout from hospital after accidental injection of glue into brain

Family of Maisha, who was 10 at the time, say they hope ‘lessons will have been learned’ from horrific case

Nigella, Benefits Street, and drugs charges: evidence of class war, or a system that protects the vulnerable?

On the surface it might seem unjust. But there's so much more to consider

Stuart Broad is hoping for a strong finish to the tour of Australia with victory in the Twenty20 series

Twenty20 series: Stuart Broad wants a strong finish to a disappointing tour of Australia for England

England have lost the Ashes Test series 5-0 and the ODI series 4-1 in one of their worst tour's in recent history

Over a thousand protesters drove gathered to show their dissatisfaction with Manila administrator's decisions

Thousands of bikers protest in Manila

Local government legislation is seeking to curtail many of the rights enjoyed by motorcyclists

Coronation Street actor William Roache arrives at Preston Crown Court.

William Roache Trial: Coronation Street actor cleared of one indecent assault charge

The jury returned a not guilty verdict on a single account of indecent assault dating back to 1965

London Mayor Boris Johnson is to face a High Court probe over allegations he banned an advert to boost his election campaign.

Boris Johnson 'gay cure' bus advert ban to be investigated by High Court

The Chritsian group The Core Issues Trust has accused Boris Johnson of banning the advert for political gain

Christians march in the streets in 2012, calling for reforms of the country's blasphemy laws. Muhammad Asghar, a British pensioner who has been sentenced to death for blasphemy, has been denied legal independent legal advice

Mohammed Asghar case: Hopes rise that mentally ill British pensioner may escape death sentence in Pakistan

Hopes are rising that a blasphemy death sentence imposed on a mentally ill British pensioner could be overturned on appeal, after the Pakistan High Commission said the case was being “thoroughly investigated so an innocent person does not become victim of misplaced judicial process”.

Mata doesn't take naturally do Mourinho's pressing tactics

Transfer news: Juan Mata arrival can lift the entire Manchester United squad and fill them with confidence, claims Gary Neville

Neville admits David Moyes' side have been flat this season but feels Mata's addition could boost their confidence and return them to where they were six months ago

Scarlett Johansson hits back at Oxfam after charity criticises ambassador over Israeli campaign deal with SodaStream

The charity, of which Johannson has been an ambassador since 2007, blasted her new campaign with SodaStream International Ltd

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