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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.  

Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif at the World Economic Forum in Davos

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's focus on foreign affairs attracts criticism at home

Supporters fear that in securing Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s consent over a nuclear deal with the West in exchange for some relief from sanctions, he is left with no political capital for domestic reforms

Xu Zhiyong is charged with ‘gathering a crowd to disturb order’, and could face five years in prison

Xu Zhiyong trial: Chinese activist and lawyer make ‘silent protest’ in court

Mr Xu is charged with 'gathering a crowd to disturb public order', punishable by up to five years in prison

Bernard Randall appears in the Entebbe Chief Magistrates Court on 18 November, on charges of 'trafficking obscene publications'. He was cleared of the charges on Wednesday, and it is thought he will be deported to Britain on Thursday.

Briton charged with breaking Uganda's anti-gay laws after intimate images of him appeared in a newspaper is to be deported to the UK

Magistrate orders that the charges be dropped and that the former computer analyst be deported from the east African country on the basis that his visa has expired

BT boss Gavin Patterson: 'Customers can't expect total privacy'

Davos has kicked off with a controversial warning from BT chief executive Gavin Patterson that telecoms customers cannot expect total privacy.

Tommy Tiernan: Stray Sod, comedy review

Soho Theatre, London

Supreme Court Justices leave the Supreme Court to in London, where a ruling against HS2 objectors was made on Wednesday

HS2: Supreme Court rejects legal challenge by opponents of high-speed rail line

The seven Supreme Court Justices voted unanimously against the claims

Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, after their wedding on April 29, 2011. Royal wedding protesters lost their court appeal on Wednesday 22 January after they accused the Metropolitan Police of

Royal wedding protesters lose court appeal against Metropolitan Police

The 20 individuals had accused the Metropolitan Police of Prince "suppressing anti-monarchist sentiment"

A rights tussle: Peter Tatchell attempts to arrest Robert Mugabe in 1999, in London

How to make a citizen's arrest

The latest attempt to make a citizen's arrest on Tony Blair is saluted by campaigner Peter Tatchell, who was beaten unconscious in his attempt to apprehend President Mugabe

Three of the protesters, Bryn Hoskins, Beth Stratford and Robbie Gillett, outside court

Drax campaigners have convictions quashed as authorities failed to reveal an undercover policeman had driven them to environmental protest

Lawyers could have argued that the demonstration might never have happened if it had not been for officer Mark Kennedy, who infiltrated environmental groups for seven years

Rebekah Brooks arriving at the Old Bailey last week

Hacking trial: Rebekah Brooks ‘had list of alleged victims’

A notebook containing the names of alleged phone-hacking victims was found by police at the London home of Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charles, the Old Bailey heard.

Short-termism in the welfare debate is shortchanging our society

Making access to benefits tougher for young people could be counter-productive

Kris Marshall and Sara Martins in 'Death in Paradise'

What to watch on TV tonight - Death in Paradise, The Naked Rambler

TV picks, Tuesday 21 January

Candy Crush Saga creator King gets greedy and trademarks the word 'candy'

King has reportedly begun using their trademark to issue takedown notices

Salil Shetty, the head of Amnesty International

'Politics before people': EU leaders have no credibility to pressure other nations on human rights, says Amnesty International head Salil Shetty

Syrian refugees are languishing unwelcome on its borders, migrants are dying at sea, and the Roma face unacceptable discrimination, he says

Mining tycoon scores a win in corruption battle

The controversial mining tycoon Beny Steinmetz has won what he claimed to be a major victory involving corruption allegations in the troubled west African state of Guinea.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor