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

Britain's Sir John Gurdon wins Nobel prize in medicine for his pioneering work in cloning and stem cells

The 79-year-old was the first person to clone an animal from a single cell

Editorial: Too soon for Professor Higgs

Whatever else, there can be little sentimentality in science. Never mind, then, that Peter Higgs first proposed his "boson" 48 years ago. Never mind that its discovery would explain why matter has mass. And never mind that Professor Higgs is, by all accounts, a charmingly self-effacing person, as well as a sizeable contributor to the sum of human knowledge. The fact remains that, in this context, proof means a less than a one-in-a-million chance of statistical fluke. Researchers at Cern are within a whisker. But that whisker could be crucial; without it, the Higgs boson is still just a theory.

Book of a lifetime: The Bridge Over the Drina by Ivo Andric

My life took an irrevocable turn in 2001, when I visited the former Yugoslavia for the first time and fell in love with the place. That visit was rapidly succeeded by others, to the incomprehension of friends. The region divides people. Its distinctive mixture of gaiety and tragedy either moves or repulses. To me, what has happened repeatedly to the people living in the region, and ways in which they've responded to those man-made disasters, seems not a distortion but a paradigm of human experience.

British anti-arms trade campaign wins Right Livelihood Award

A British anti-arms trade campaign and promoters of peace, human rights and the environment from the United States, Afghanistan and Turkey have been named as winners of this year's Right Livelihood Awards, also known as the “alternative Nobels”.

Archbishop Tutu was due to attend a summit on leadership in South Africa

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Desmond Tutu quits summit with Tony Blair over invasion of Iraq

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Page 3 Profile: David Soul, actor

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Niall Ferguson, right, with his wife, the feminist writer Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Hit the Road Barack: Will Niall Ferguson's damning Newsweek article on Obama have any real affect on the 2012 US presidential campaign?

The rumpus over Niall Ferguson’s Newsweek cover story proclaiming it was time for Obama to go proves an ancient truth. If there’s one thing worse than being talked about, it’s not being talked about.

Orhan Pamuk

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Never before seen letters reveal the story of the scientist who laid the foundations of a cure for malaria more than a century ago

When British doctor Sir Ronald Ross discovered the crucial link between mosquitos and malaria at the end of the 19 century, he understandably thought it marked the beginning of the end of the deadly disease – rampant then not only in colonial India and Africa, but also in southern European countries such as Greece and Italy.

Françoise Barré-Sinoussi says a cure for HIV is possible

HIV cure research 'must not jeopardise existing projects'

The adoption of a new scientific Aids strategy to cure HIV rather than simply treat it with drugs for many years should not divert funding away from existing anti-Aids projects, a Nobel prize-winning scientist said yesterday.

Nelson Mandela looks celebrates his birthday at his house in Eastern Cape with giant cakes and mass renditions of 'Happy Birthday'

Brand squabbles taint dignity of Mandela birthday celebrations

As Nelson Mandela turned 94 today and tributes poured in from around the world, an unseemly squabble continued among the former president’s relatives who are trying to put a commercial value on the anti-apartheid icon.

Mr Churchill's Profession: Statesman, Orator, Writer, By Peter Clarke

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Leading article: A landmark in science by any name

It's been called the "God particle". But the Higgs boson has nothing to do with a deity. The new subatomic particle discovered at Cern is certainly consistent with the elusive Higgs boson, and further work should confirm whether it is indeed the entity that fits into the Standard Model of physics.

Professor Peter Higgs arrives at the Cern seminar in Switzerland yesterday

An idea thought up on a rainy weekend

As an atheist with no desire to upset believers, Professor Peter Higgs has always hated the idea of a God particle. He has never been keen on the nomenclature of the Higgs boson either – referring to it as "the particle named after me" on the rare occasions he gives an interview.

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