News On Wednesday the moon will appear to be 4 per cent smaller than usual as it reaches its apogee

The moon will reach its apogee three hours after it rises

Morales' peasant revolution in the balance as Bolivians vote

Bolivia's socialist leader, Evo Morales, was hoping last night that the desperate gamble of a referendum on his leadership will finally kick-start his attempt to redistribute wealth and land in the bitterly divided nation.

Indian tribe loses fight to stop UK firm building mine on sacred land

India's highest court has ignored the pleas of tribal people fighting to protect a sacred mountain by allowing a British company to establish a bauxite mine across a vast swathe of the area.

Baby Mama (12A)

Tina Fey, who wrote a terrific comedy in Mean Girls, is also proving a pretty good comic actress, in 30 Rock.

Conor Oberst - songs of love and death

Conor Oberst is hailed by Michael Stipe and Lou Reed. James McNair meets a modern minstrel

Sitting Bull's tribe to regain control of southern Badlands

Nearly 120 years after the last massacre of Native Americans by the United States cavalry at Wounded Knee, some of the lands confiscated from their descendants are to be returned to the Oglala Sioux.

Louise Erdrich: Secrets in the Indian file

Her acclaimed fiction remembers the drama and tragedy of the Native American past. Louise Erdrich's latest novel, she tells John Freeman, is about memory itself

Obama quits church amid controversy over sermons

It being Sunday, Barack Obama might have been kneeling in the pews of Trinity United Church in Chicago yesterday, the black congregation swelling with pride at the fact that he is on the cusp of becoming the Democratic presidential nominee. Instead, Mr Obama had turned his back on the church where he has worshipped for two decades.

Crofters fight for rights of indigenous people

Australia has Aborigines, New Zealand has Maoris and the US has Native Americans. Now Scotland could soon have its own group of indigenous people, in the shape of its crofters.

West Virginia: The Quiet Life

West Virginia has rugged beauty and a simple, 'what you see is what you get' sort of charm, discovers Katherine Doyle

DNA found in Oregon rewrites the book on the first native Americans

Textbook accounts of how the Americas were first populated may have to be re-written following the discovery of the oldest DNA of prehistoric humans who lived 14,300 years ago in what is now Oregon.

Chato's Land

Directed by Michael Winner

Flight, By Sherman Alexie

A time-travelling teenager traces the Native American experience

Suzanne Pleshette: Actress whose roles included being pecked to death in Hitchcock's 'The Birds'

Suzanne Pleshette, actress: born New York 31 January 1937; married 1964 Troy Donahue (marriage dissolved 1964), 1968 Tom Gallagher (died 2000), 2001 Tom Poston (died 2007); died Los Angeles 19 January 2008

Philip Hensher: The art of breaking down barriers

Really, he is issuing an invitation to a gatecrasher who is already in the room
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there