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A light-hearted play about Christianity written almost 20 years ago is at the centre of an “astonishing” censorship row after performances were cancelled by councillors in Northern Ireland who deemed it “blasphemous”.

Belfast’s old foes to mark historic deal with trip to the White House

Barack Obama last night set the American presidential seal of approval on Northern Ireland's political breakthrough by commending those involved and inviting them to the White House next month.

The relief, the positives and the damage of NI breakthrough

After 10 bruising days for the political process, relief rather than celebration was the dominant public reaction to the breakthrough in the policing talks.

Peter Robinson fought ferociously to defend party's standing

DUP leader Peter Robinson has endured the worst month of his life, but has emerged from the political debris today clutching a deal with Sinn Fein.

Martin McGuinness: Ex-IRA man who became a master of politics

Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness has travelled a long political road since his role in the IRA, but unionist hard-liners remain angry that today's deal will see him share political responsibility for law and order in Northern Ireland.

Ulster talks end with basis for deal, says Sinn Fein

Talks to save Northern Ireland's power-sharing government have ended and the basis for a deal now exists, Sinn Fein said today.

Peter Robinson urged to publish legal advice

Democratic Unionist leader Peter Robinson has faced calls to publish legal advice clearing him of breaching his code of office.

Peter Robinson 'struggling to sell Northern Ireland policing deal to DUP'

Negotiations over a devolution deal continued into the early hours amid growing indications that DUP leader Peter Robinson was struggling to sell policing and justice proposals to members of his own party.

Talks resume to save power-sharing government

Talks to save Northern Ireland's power-sharing government resume today with the parties edging closer to a deal on policing, justice and parades.

'Considerable progress' in Ulster negotiations

A deal to save Northern Ireland's powersharing government was in sight today after "considerable progress" was made in securing the transfer of policing and justice powers from London to Belfast.

Ulster talks continue as deal proves elusive

Marathon talks to save Northern Ireland's crisis-hit powersharing government entered a sixth day today.

Brown: 'Pathway' to Northern Ireland settlement laid

Prime Minister Gordon Brown today said a crunch summit to save Northern Ireland's power sharing government had failed to secure a settlement but insisted a "pathway" to an agreement had been laid.

Northern Ireland talks go down to wire on policing

Two prime ministers intervene to bridge the divide on devolution

Peter Robinson warning on Ulster policing deal

It is too soon to tell if a deal will be clinched on devolving policing and justice powers to Northern Ireland, the leader of the Democratic Unionists warned today.

Leading article: Time for an end to the DUP veto

The Irish peace process has delivered huge advances and saved many lives but it has yet to deliver political stability, as the latest crisis in Belfast demonstrates with such dismal clarity.

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A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
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Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
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'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
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Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
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Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?