News Edward Snowden speaking during his dinner with a group of four retired US ex-intelligence workers and activists at a luxurious room in an unidentified location.

Former government contractor could join President Obama, Henry Kissinger and Nelson Mandela in historic list

According to two young students from California, 'Ain't nobody fresher than Watson and Crick'

An unlikely meeting of science and rap as YouTube music video engages young minds

Teachers are transforming lessons by having pupils turn historical showdowns into rap battles

Barack Obama has once again thrown a barb at Kanye West

Obama vs Kimye: Mr President faces Kris Jenner's wrath for disparaging remarks about Kanye West and Kim Kardashian

According to reality TV's famous matriarch, her daughter is 'the hardest-working young lady in the world' and West 'doesn't go on holiday, ever'

Google Doodle honours quantum physicist Erwin Schrödinger (and his theoretical cat)

Nobel prize-winning Austrian quantum physicist perhaps most famous for the mind experiment known as Schrödinger’s Cat

Nelson Mandela 'to be discharged from hospital' claims former South African president Thabo Mbeki

Former President Thabo Mbeki says Mandela’s doctors will soon send him to recuperate at home

ElBaradei: lacks political experience

Mohamed ElBaradei: 'Egypt is a wreck just waiting to happen'

His critics say he lacks the political experience to lead Egypt, so 71-year-old Mohamed ElBaradei will need to draw on a past of international diplomacy, largely made up of advising the UN on nuclear weapons.

“Please, please, please may we think not only of ourselves. It’s almost like spitting in Madiba’s face,” Tutu said in a statement released by his foundation

Desmond Tutu calls for resolution to Nelson Mandela graves feud

The family feud over the graves of the children of Nelson Mandela drew a sharp rebuke yesterday from Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Army soldiers take their positions in front of protesters

The army is built from both sides of Egypt’s divide – yet must now keep them apart

Both sides may wave the Egyptian flag, which is red, white and black. The colour of khaki is no substitute

Ernests Gulbis enjoys himself during his victory

Wimbledon 2013: Greedy Ernests Gulbis is quick to exploit Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's weakness

Slams should be five sets, blood, fight, all the way until someone is dead

A selected history of Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway was one of the most-celebrated writers of the twentieth century, possessing a straightforward prose style, which often leaned towards understatement.

Professor Robert Fogel: Economic historian vilified for his research on slave plantations

Professor Robert Fogel: Economic historian vilified for his research on slave plantations

As a student at Cornell he was a leader in the youth wing of the Communist Party of the USA

Picture of a frail Nelson Mandela in hospital on an earlier stay

Nelson Mandela back in hospital with 'serious' lung infection

Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital in a “serious but stable” condition as a result of a lung infection.

Chilean poet Pablo Neruda in Capri, Italy

Was Pablo Neruda killed by Pinochet?

When the great poet died 40 years ago in Chile, it was said to be from cancer. Now, lawyers say it was murder

During World War Two military doctors from Hamberg to München were handing out Pervitin pills which contained the highly-addictive Class A drug crystal meth, the report claims

Letters show Hitler's troops stayed alert during WWII by taking crystal meth tablets

Heinrich Böll, who went on to become one of Germany's most significant postwar writers wrote to his family in hope of topping up on the drug

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has breached 400ppm for the first time in 5 million years

The climate change sceptics are winning - and the environmental lobby only has itself to blame

For all the Nobel prizes and predictions of global apocalypse and preaching to the converted, climate change remains a niche issue

Aung San Suu Kyi has criticised plans by authorities in western Burma to revive a two-child limit on Muslim Rohingya families

Aung San Suu Kyi opposes Burma plan for two-child limit

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has criticised plans by authorities in western Burma to revive a two-child limit on Muslim Rohingya families, a policy that does not apply to Buddhists and comes amid accusations of ethnic cleansing.

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