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

Surely the whole point of a quiz is its essential uselessness

Complaints have been made to the BBC that Barry Simmons shouldn’t be allowed to enter another quiz show because he is a ‘professional’

The Blagger's Guide To: Literature prizes

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Mid-Ulster by-election: campaign eerily quiet as IRA murder victim's son faces alleged killer in polls

Most assumed it would be a by-election as bitter as any seen in Northern Ireland, not least because one candidate has been accused of involvement in the murder of the father of another.

'Dubious' care of the sick, 'questionable' politics and 'suspicious' finances: University claims Mother Teresa may not have been so saintly

Albanian-born nun was beatified by the Catholic Church in 2003, leaving her just one miracle away from sainthood

Biophysicist Francis Crick was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1962

Family of scientist who discovered double-helix to sell his Nobel Prize

Six decades after Francis Crick helped identify the structure of DNA, the Nobel Prize he received for the discovery is going under the hammer. 

Album: Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet, Wislawa (ECM)

The familiar soulful meditations of Polish trumpeter Stanko lift this collaboration with three younger US musicians, including star drummer Gerald Cleaver.

Postcard from... Milan

Ask any Italian to name the most mafiosa city in Italy, and there’s a good chance they’ll say not Palermo or Naples … but Venice.

Postcard from... Beijing

Hong Kong’s most famous film star, the martial arts and comedy legend Jackie Chan, has been named a member of the Chinese government’s senior political advisory body.

My Secret Life: Kathy Lette, 54, novelist

'I regret turning Clooney down'

Manchester University awarded €1 billion to exploit discovery of 'wonder material' graphene

Researchers at Manchester University have been awarded €1 billion to exploit their discovery of the “wonder material” graphene.

Tombstone: The Untold Story of Mao's Great Famine, By Yang Jisheng, trans. Stacy Mosher and Guo Jian

This epic work of testimony and investigation lays bare a Communist crime of the century

Vladimir Sorokin, the Russian novelist and dramatist. His work was initially banned, though he is now very popular in Russia

Banned at home, lauded abroad: Vladimir Sorokin and Yan Lianke make Man Booker shortlist

Two authors who have had books banned in their own countries have been named on the shortlist of the Man Booker International Prize.

Levi-Montalcini: she attributed her success partly to ‘the habit of underestimating obstacles’

Rita Levi-Montalcini: Neuroscientist honoured for her work on cell development

Her experience of women’s subordinate role, she said, told her 'I was not cut out to be a wife'

15-year-old girl with missing moniker set to sue Icelandic government in fight to legally use her name

Parents who don't want to take a name from a government list have to apply to a special committee that has the power to say yes or no to the chosen name

Ready to kick butt: Dame Ann Leslie

The Week in Radio: Firecrackers, fur coats and some good news at last

"Are you looking for a job?" James Naughtie asked Dame Ann Leslie on Radio 4's Today, a note of panic in his voice. Now there's an idea. As one of the programme's guest editors, Leslie, the veteran foreign correspondent who famously went to war in a fur coat, arrived like a blast of cold air in a sticky sauna. You can imagine plenty of previous guests proffering feature ideas cobbled together by their agents, but not Leslie. She was first in the office, her sleeves rolled up and ready to kick some serious butt.

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Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

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Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
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London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

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