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

Mubarak moved from prison ward to army hospital

Egypt's ousted President Hosni Mubarak has been moved to an army hospital from his prison clinic.

Nelson Mandela misses grandson's initiation as former South Africa leader spends 10th day in hospital

Mandela has a history of lung problems, after falling ill with tuberculosis in 1988

Page 3 Profile: Stephen Hawking, physicist

Another scientific discovery?

Nelson Mandela in 2008

Nelson Mandela's 'sparkle is fading' as he receives treatment for lung infection

Former wife says it is painful to see him 'ageing'

A protester crosses a barbed wire fence near the presidential palace in Cairo yesterday

Signs of retreat by Morsi after thousands protest against vote

Both sides have been accused of using firearms during protests that left six dead

Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo pictured in the Nobel Peace Center

Chinese activist's wife describes his imprisonment

After more than two years of house arrest and government-imposed silence, the wife of China's imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo on Thursday talked to reporters who snuck in to see her during an apparent lunch break by the guards watching her apartment.

Influential modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer dies aged 104

He was a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of contemporary Brazil

Egyptian President's supporters clash with rioters in Cairo

Clashes pitted Egyptian against Egyptian and were the most serious since Morsi's election

Between the Covers 02/12/2012

Your weekly guide to what's really going on inside the world of books

Man who called for Blair to be arrested for war crimes fined £100

A protestor who interrupted Tony Blair’s evidence at the Leveson Inquiry in May has been fined £100.

Philip Roth said Nemesis will be his last novel

There's another Bridget Jones in the diary, but no more Philip Roth

Roth captures Jewish experience in a way few others can manage, and the world is a poorer place without another novel of his to anticipate

I’m done with writing, says Philip Roth, chronicler of the American-Jewish experience

In his own words, “he's done”. Philip Roth, for half a century a towering figure of US literature and the author of 31 books including Goodbye Columbus, Portnoy's Complaint and The Plot Against America, will write no more.

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

You're on, Professor Brian Cox: George Osborne pledges to make Britain world leader in science

The Chancellor George Osborne said that he is up to the challenge of astronomer Brian Cox to make Britain the best place in the world to do science as he promised to make scientific innovation central to the country’s industrial strategy.

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Thousands call for Nobel Peace Prize for Malala Yousafzai

Thousands of people have called for a Nobel Peace Prize for Malala Yousafzai, who was shot fighting for education in Pakistan.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
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The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
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Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links