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Paulos in 2007

Abune Paulos: Religious leader and peace activist

Abune Paulos led the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, which has more than 40 million members, as well as serving on the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches and its Commission on Faith and Order. He was one of seven serving presidents of the WCC. While he was instrumental in interfaith dialogue initiatives, Abune Paulos was vocal in several international platforms, including the World Economic Forum and the World Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders at the United Nations.

Young Tory: Joe Cooke, ex-president of the Oxford University Conservative Club

Harriet Walker on TV: Wonderland: Young, Bright and on the Right

Inside the tiresome world of student politics, delusions of grandeur run riot

The investigation by Thai academics has discovered that 45 per cent of monks are obese while a full 40 per cent of them suffer from congenital diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Many of them also suffer from various allergies.

Enlightenment needed: Thailand's Buddhist monks to get food lessons after study shows nearly half are obese

The Buddhist monks of Thailand are not known to be an especially active bunch. Prayers, chanting and the collecting of alms take up much of their time.

Dalai Lama begins UK tour

The Dalai Lama will begin a national tour of the UK today which will include an appearance alongside comedian Russell Brand.

A policeman stands in front of a Euro 2012 poster during a bomb alert in Kiev yesterday – it turned out to be a false alarm

Ukraine has its problems... but it could be a great trip

The country has been buried by terrible headlines (most of them justified) yet, says Shaun Walker, if you look beyond the issues there are interesting cities, a football-crazy population... and lots of bars

The bulk of the prize money – more than £934,000 – will go to Save the Children in India

Dalai Lama donates £1.1m Templeton Prize money to charity

Dalai Lama gives away prize money but remains silent on self-immolations

Gambling, drinking Buddhist monks shown raising hell in luxury South Korea hotel video footage

Six leaders from South Korea's biggest Buddhist order have quit after secret video footage showed some supposedly serene monks raising hell, playing high-stakes poker, drinking and smoking.

Thousands mark Easter Mass in Jerusalem

Thousands of Christians celebrated Easter Mass in Jerusalem in an array of processions and prayer sessions.

Brooke-Rose: as well as her fiction, she was a formidable critic and scholar

Christine Brooke-Rose: Writer acclaimed for her inventive and playful experimental fiction

Christine Brooke-Rose was a richly innovative novelist and a formidable critic. She moved between languages, countries and identities without securing a fixed place in a literary canon or a national culture, but this mobility, combined with her inventiveness, humour and insight, madeher particularly well-equipped to grasp the contemporary world of signs and simulations.

A Tibetan man set himself on fire and ran shouting through a demonstration in New Delhi yesterday

A life up in flames at Tibetan protest

A Tibetan man set himself on fire and ran shouting through a demonstration in New Delhi yesterday – the latest in a series of self-immolation protests against Chinese rule in Tibet.

A Tibetan exile holds the photographs of Tibetan monks who have self immolated in Tibet protesting Chinese government, during a demonstration to support three fellow Tibetan exile students

Tibetans 'shot dead' in clashes with Chinese forces

Deadly clashes between ethnic Tibetans and Chinese security forces have spread to a second area in southwestern China, the government and an overseas activist group said today.

Archbishop's 'grief' over Catholic school sex abuse

The leader of Catholics in England and Wales is "grief stricken" over incidents of child sexual abuse in Catholic schools, Education Secretary Michael Gove has said.

Clerics in brawl at Bethlehem

A Christmas cleaning of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem descended into violence as scuffles broke out between rival Christian clerics zealously guarding denominational turf at the holy site.

Clerics clash in Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity

A Christmas cleaning of the Church of the Nativity turned into scuffles today between rival Christian clerics zealously guarding denominational turf at the holy site.

Hugh Burnett: Television producer who created the legendary series 'Face to Face'

As the creator of the legendary interview series Face to Face for the BBC in 1959, in which public figures were subjected to a stark interview by the relentless John Freeman, Hugh Burnett's place in television history is secured.

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Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

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Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

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Memphis Barker follows their trail through southern Europe
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French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

The ugly causeway is being dismantled, an elegant connection erected in its place. So everyone’s happy, right?
Frank Mugisha: Uganda's most outspoken gay rights activist on changing people's attitudes, coming out, and the threat of being attacked

Frank Mugisha: 'Coming out was a gradual process '

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David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

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Horst P Horst comes to the V&A

The London's museum has delved into its archives to stage a far-reaching retrospective celebrating the photographer's six decades of creativity
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Mark Hix's summery soups

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Tim Sherwood column

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Eden Hazard: Young, gifted... not yet perfect

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Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

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