Voices President Obama with Vice-President Joe Biden

Oh Mr Biden! Who is it? A flame from the 60s? The classmate you used to moon with out the window of the school bus? Someone dressed in exactly the same suit? Hillary Clinton yawning? WHO MADE YOU SO HAPPY?

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BT boss aims to score with football

Ian Livingston has his eye on ESPN's live rights as he pushes the telecoms giant into the world of pay-TV and takes on arch-rival Sky, reports Gideon Spanier
A National Union of Journalists placard taped outside the BBC Television Centre in White City, London

BBC's flagship news programmes hit as journalists strike over compulsory redundancies

BBC staff staged a one-day strike across Britain today in protest at plans for compulsory redundancies at the troubled broadcaster.

BBC journalists to stage 24-hour strike over jobs

BBC journalists will stage a 24-hour strike tomorrow in a row over jobs, threatening disruption to radio and TV news programmes.

Musical innovator: Delia Derbyshire left, at a Radiophonic workshop in 1965

BBC celebrates Doctor Who's musical genius

Chris Stevenson and Alex Christian on the woman who put the waa-oos into teatime

Turbo: F.A.S.T - DreamWorks kids' series to premiere on Netflix

This animated snail is quick off the mark as the first children's series to be premiered on the internet-based platform

Radio 2 bosses defend Sunday Half Hour move

Radio 2 bosses have defended a decision to move one of the BBC's longest-running shows to an early-morning slot and cut the number of hours of religious programming on a Sunday, to the upset of many listeners.

Album: Eivind Aarset, Dream Logic (ECM)

Not really "jazz" as such … Aarset is a Norwegian guitarist and ECM stalwart and Dream Logic entails much of what its title promises: space, abstraction and very little regulated rhythm.

'Stalking Cat' Daniel Avner found dead in apparent suicide after years of body modification to look like a feline

A man who spent years modifying his face and body to look like a cat has died in an apparent suicide.

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
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The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
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How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
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Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada
Birthplace of Arab Spring in turmoil as angry Tunisians stage massive sit-in over lack of development

They shall not be moved: jobless protesters bring Tunisia to a halt

A former North African boom town is wasting away while its unemployed citizens stick steadfastly to their sit-in
David Hasselhoff's new show 'Hoff the Record': What's it like working with a superstar?

Hanging with the Hoff

Working with David Hasselhoff on his new TV series was an education for Ella Smith