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.

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BBC bosses did not tell Professor Brian Cox he could not attempt to listen to a newly discovered planet on TV show Stargazing Live in case aliens breached the corporation's editorial guidelines, despite the presenters claims.

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Grameen was founded in Bangladesh in the 1980s

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The global micro-finance phenomenon known as Grameen will arrive in Scotland early next year. Its aim is simple: to offer financial support for aspiring entrepreneurs in deprived areas.

Nobel Peace Prize nominee survives assassination attempt

A doctor from the Democratic Republic of Congo, whose work treating thousands of rape victims earned him a Nobel Peace Prize nomination, has survived an assassination attempt.

Forget the Booker, the prize every author really wants is academic validation

There's so many prizes today's writers aren't bothered about who wins. The purpose awards serve now is to tell readers what to read.

Two Americans win Nobel economics prize

Americans Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapley have won the Nobel economics prize for research that helps explain the market processes when doctors are assigned to hospitals, students to schools and human organs for transplant to recipients.

Vince Cable warned yesterday Europe could be plunged into war if the euro collapsed

Cable warns of war in Europe if euro collapses

The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, warned yesterday Europe could be plunged into war if the euro collapsed.

Nobel winner Mo urges China dissident's freedom

China's newly named Nobel laureate for literature expressed hope Friday that an imprisoned Chinese winner of the Nobel Peace Prize will be freed, putting a dent in the ruling Communist Party's attempts to burnish its credentials with the latest prize.

China propaganda chief congratulates Nobel winner Mo Yan

The Chinese Communist Party's propaganda chief issued congratulations today to Mo Yan, the first Chinese citizen to be awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, saying the award shows the country's rising influence.

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The Swedish Academy has a dismal record on Chinese literature. Absurdly, the first writer on China to win a Nobel Prize in Literature was the American author of peasant epics Pearl Buck in 1938.

Ai Weiwei brands Nobel Prize for Literature decision an 'insult to humanity' as China's Mo Yan named winner

One of the “grand old men” of Chinese literature, who has chronicled the changing landscape of the country in the 20th century, was yesterday awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Yet the news sparked fury from dissident artist Ai Weiwei, who called it an “insult to humanity and to literature”.

Two American scientists win Nobel chemistry prize for understanding how the billions of cells within the human body communicate with the outside world

Robert Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka won the prize for their pioneering roles in revealing the inner workings of an important family of protein molecules called the G-protein-coupled receptors

Serge Haroche and David Wineland awarded Nobel Prize in Physics

Two scientists who independently discovered how to manipulate individual atoms and particles of light have won this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics for their research into the weird world of quantum mechanics, where something can exist in two different states at the same time.

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