Political Prisoners

Andy McSmith's Diary: Only $20bn? I’m worth a princely sum more than

The rich can have different sensibilities from the rest of us. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a relative of the King of Saudi Arabia and reputedly the world’s richest Arab, has been deeply offended by Forbes Magazine placing him 26th on its rich list, with an estimated wealth of $20 billion.

Sir Denis Forman: Granada executive hailed as a pioneer of commercial

The pipe-puffing, braces-wearing Denis Forman was one of the godfathers of commercial television in Britain. He firmly believed in making high-quality programmes that were also popular. Under his stewardship, Granada Television was particularly noted for the investigative journalism and dramas that it produced for the ITV network.

Rebels halt advance on Bangui for peace talks

Rebels in Central African Republic said today they had halted their advance on the capital and were ready to start peace talks, averting a clash with regionally backed troops in the mineral-rich nation.

Ikea used forced prison labour to make furniture

Ikea, the Swedish furniture giant whose flat-pack offerings grace homes from Bolton to Bangkok, has admitted that East German political prisoners had been used to make its goods for as long as three decades.

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Can Xi Jinping save China from itself?

If you're interested in the direction of the 21st century, clearly the biggest political event taking place over the next few weeks is happening on November 8th. Not, not the American election. That's November 6th. We're talking about the ascension of Xi Jinping to the position of chief of China's ruling Communist Party, which means that he'll be President of China come March. That's a big deal. In their top leader this week, the super-brains of the Economist - where the average staff age, by the way, is 28 - explain why.

Riot police arrest ousted Maldives president

The island nation of the Maldives has been plunged into fresh political turmoil after armed police arrested a former president while he was campaigning ahead of next year's election.