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They're not healthier or better for the environment – and they're packed with pesticides. In an age of climate change and shortages, these foods are an indugence the world can't afford, argues environmental expert Rob Johnston

American songbirds are being wiped out by banned pesticides

The number of migratory songbirds returning to North America has gone into sharp decline due to the unregulated use of highly toxic pesticides and other chemicals across Latin America.

City lights turn peregrines into night hawks

They carry out targeted killings on vulnerable victims and go on nocturnal rampages of violence and aggression. A new group of deadly predators has descended on Britain's towns and cities – but fear not, these urban clashes are taking place not on the streets but high in the air.

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Sarah Kane's legendary play Blasted begins with one of the best opening lines in world drama, as the foul-mouthed, possibly paedophilic journalist declares to the young girl he has brought to a Leeds hotel room: "I've shat in better places than this."

Brown targets terror fund charities

The Chancellor Gordon Brown announced a new crackdown on terrorist financing today, targeting "dubious" charities used to transfer funds for terrorist groups.

Botanist turns matchmaker to save the wild asparagus

Wanted: matchmaker for the delicate task of introducing a lonely female to the opposite sex. Agility with tweezers and magnifying glass an advantage.

An audience with Chavez, the man with the most powerful enemies in the world

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Julian Morris: Why eating organic food can be bad for you

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Eden Research, the embattled Ofex-listed pesticides group, has called a truce in its war of words with an internet tipsheet, but there is one man who refuses to quieten down - the company's former research partner, Reed Smith.

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Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
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Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
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Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

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Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

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Anyone but Argentina – why Brazilians don’t love their neighbours any more

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