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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.

Girl, 7, 'was imprisoned and starved to death'

Murder trial of mother and partner begins

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Just what the doctor ordered: Could Cornwall be leading a revolution in hospital food?

After a patient complained about a sandwich, three Cornish hospitals found a way to serve fresh, locally sourced food – all within the NHS budget. Why can't other health trusts follow suit?

Power sharing comes 'too late' for Zimbabwe

A unity government will at last be formed, but can it rescue the country from starvation and collapse?

UN forced to cut food aid to Zimbabwe's starving people

Half a million will go without emergency handouts this month, and more will be hungry in January. Meanwhile, Gordon Brown says it's time to tell Mugabe 'enough is enough'

One million will starve, says Tsvangirai

Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai issued a stark warning to regional heads of government yesterday, telling them that one million of his countrymen would “starve to death” unless a new government was formed immediately.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/openhouse/2008/10/in-zimbabwe-cho.html">Raymond Whitaker: In Zimbabwe, cholera and starvation may soon take hold</a>

As if things could not get any worse in Zimbabwe, the country has a worsening cholera epidemic.

Daniel Howden: Hope for Africa lies in political reforms

There is already famine in Africa but it is not the fault of the Soil Association or British organic food markets. Up to 14 million people in the Horn of Africa are at risk of starvation and this has little to do with Western-imposed attitudes to organic farming. Millions more are suffering in Zimbabwe, and food riots have flared from Egypt to Mozambique. The root of the problem in almost every case is political, not scientific.

Child malnutrition crisis in rural Zimbabwe, say aid agencies

Aid agencies which have been allowed to resume work in Zimbabwe have reported a dramatic increase in malnutrition in rural provinces which were at the heart of the recent election violence, even as President Robert Mugabe hands out cash to the country's medal-winning Olympians.

Two face murder charge over 'starved' girl

The mother and stepfather of a seven-year-old girl who allegedly starved to death are to be charged with her murder, the Crown Prosecution Service said today.

Mother jailed for daughter's neglect death

A mother who left her three-year-old daughter to die from malnutrition in her bedroom and did not find her body until two days after her death was jailed for 12 years today.

Stalin's Children, by Owen Matthews

Simple people performing miracles without irony

US ambassador warns of &lsquo;massive starvation&rsquo;

The US ambassador to Zimbabwe has attacked President Robert Mugabe's regime, saying a lorry carrying American aid destined forchildren was ''hijacked'' by the authorities and the food handed out to pro-government supporters.

Vote Mugabe or starve &ndash; the latest ploy from a regime clinging on to power

The spectre of massive enforced starvation is looming over Zimbabwe as President Robert Mugabe's regime unleashes a sinister new tactic to help him cling to power in the presidential run-off vote in less than three weeks' time.

Social services called to account as girl, 7, starves to death

Eight years after Victoria Climbié died, the lessons of that terrible case seem not to have been learned
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