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Stellar showings summarise the new spirit of modernity that’s revitalising the stuffy world of haute couture, says Alexander Fury

Bad newts for some as shopping centre is delayed

Construction on a major new £90m shopping centre in York has been delayed due to a rapidly increasing population of breeding newts.

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Breeding newts delay £90m project

Construction work on a £90m shopping centre has been delayed by a rapidly increasing population of breeding newts.

Despite reforms, harassment from authorities continues

Just a few weeks ago, Ashin Gambira was seated in the front row of a Rangoon university hall as President Barack Obama gave a cautious welcome to reform in Burma.

Boris Johnson mistaken for 'The King of England' and Boris Becker as he embarks on first trade trip

Mayor of London, who is set to meet with Indian business leaders and officials, said London should be the “number one choice” for investors

IoS book review: Citadel, By Kate Mosse

When two times go to war

Obama is set to visit Burma - but will he help the tormented Rohingya people?

Evidence is mounting that attacks on the Rohingya are not just skirmishes but an organised pogrom

From elegant theory to infernal practice: ruins of the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, after the atomic bomb of 6 August 1945

Inside the Centre: The Life of J Robert Oppenheimer, By Ray Monk

He was a poet, mystic, progressive - and the scientist who opened the gate of nuclear hell

Exiled Tibetans protest in Dharamsala, India, on Thursday

Tibet crackdown fear as China protests escalate

Rights groups accused China of tightening security in restive Tibetan areas after a wave of self-immolation protests cast a shadow over the Communist Party congress in Beijing. Despite growing international calls for an independent inquiry, China said it would refuse to allow foreign observers into Tibet to investigate human rights abuses.

Free Tibet: teenage monks and woman in self-immolation protest for congress

Three teenage Tibetan monks and a woman set fire to themselves to protest Chinese rule on the eve of a pivotal Communist Party congress, activists said today.

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Is it safe to go to Dahab?

Every day our travel guru answers your travel questions

The acting Coptic Pope, Bishop Pachomius, blindfolds Bishoy Massad, the eight-year-old selected to draw the name of the next patriarch at St Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo

Egypt's ancient Coptic Christian church chooses a new pope in elaborate ceremony

Altar boy Bishoy Massad looked a little awestruck as he stepped up to the podium at the front of the Coptic Orthodox cathedral in Cairo today.

Ambitious time-line: Kate Mosse

Citadel, By Kate Mosse

This final act in a captivating trilogy combines period thrills with supernatural chills

Muslim children from the Rohingya ethnic group at a refugee camp in the state capital

Outbreak of ethnic violence claims 100 lives in Burma's west

Aung San Suu Kyi and others accused of failing to speak out against persecution

Postcard from... China

The network of caves in Dunhuang in the far west of China rank among the wonders of the world. The 800 grottoes are home to frescoes a millennium old and more, placed there by devout Buddhist merchants about to embark on the treacherous Silk Road through the Gobi Desert.

Rohingya Muslims at a refugee camp in Sittwe, western Burma

No end in sight to the sufferings of 'the world's most persecuted minority' - Burma's Rohingya Muslims

Nearly 75,000 of those made homeless during inter-communal conflict in June and transferred to temporary camps are living in conditions “worse than animals”, according to the Rohingya Human Rights Association in Bangkok

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