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There is a certain pleasure (however smug) in being ahead of the curve when spotting a particularly gifted writer, and a certain regret when the masses catch up with your discovery. The latter, of course, is the state desired by author and publisher, and Peter May has now made the transition from connoisseurs’ taste to popular bestseller.

Acute malnourishment threatens Niger’s children

Millions are facing severe food shortages in the West African country of Niger after poor rains and harvests in 2009.

Starved Khyra's death was 'preventable'

A seven-year-old girl who was starved to death by her parents could have been saved were it not for a catalogue of “missed opportunities” by social services and health professionals.

Criticised Birmingham City Council sacks six social workers

Six social workers at a city council criticised over the death from starvation of a seven-year-old girl have been sacked, it emerged today.

Couple jailed for starving child

The mother and stepfather of a seven-year-old girl who was starved to death were jailed for her manslaughter yesterday by a judge who called their treatment of the child "chilling in its harshness and cruelty".

Mother jailed for 15 years for starving Khyra Ishaq

The mother and stepfather of seven-year-old starvation victim Khyra Ishaq were jailed today for her manslaughter.

Suzanne Franks: You can't take the politics out of humanitarian aid

It shouldn’t be a surprise that some aid to Ethiopia went to the military

Malnutrition in hospitals more rife than believed

Almost 50,000 patients are dying each year in NHS hospitals in a state of malnutrition which may have hastened their end, according to a report commissioned by ministers.

Mother of Khyra Ishaq who starved to death cleared of murder

A mother was found guilty today of starving her daughter to death in a flat with a well-stocked kitchen and despite visits from social services who failed to notice that the child was being abused.

Tories fear 50,000 hospital patients dying from malnutrition

Almost 50,000 people could be dying with malnutrition in English hospitals, the Tories claimed today.

Starvation looms as UN suspends Somalia food aid

Up to a million people are facing starvation in southern Somalia after the World Food Programme was forced to suspend operations yesterday following threats and attempted extortion by armed militants.

Not a waste: 5,000 Londoners to feast on left-over food

Up to 5,000 passers-by in central London are to be served hot soups made from "ugly" vegetables, freshly-made sandwiches and fruit smoothies in a free feast of "Biblical proportions".

Book Of A Lifetime: If This is a Man/The Truce, By Primo Levi

I can't remember how old I was when I read Primo Levi's If This is a Man, and The Truce (two interlinked books in one volume), but it wasn't my youth and impressionability which gave it such power.

The Well and the Mine, By Gina Phillips

"After she threw the baby in, nobody believed me for the longest time. But I kept hearing that splash." So opens Gina Phillip's debut novel about life in a small Alabama coal-mining town in the Great Depression.

Scientists find lifesaver for India – rice that doesn't have to be cooked

It sounds too good to be true. But if Indian scientists are correct, hundreds of millions of people across the subcontinent could benefit from a specially-developed strain of rice that "cooks" simply by being soaked in water.

Leading article: Twenty-five years after Band Aid

A quarter of a century on from the famine that mobilised Band Aid, Ethiopia faces another food crisis. There will be those who will seize on our report today to say: "See! Nothing can be done; foreign aid is a waste of money." The Independent on Sunday takes the opposite view.

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