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That Everton are even under discussion for fourth place is a miracle and – to the neutral – an unalloyed delight

Livingstone plan for street-corner cycle hire stands

Thousands of bicycles will be available for hire from street-corner stands under a £500m programme to "transform" London into a cycling-friendly city.

The Great Divide: Israel's forbidden road

It runs straight through the heart of the occupied West Bank, but Palestinians are not permitted even to set foot on the asphalt their ancestors laid. Donald Macintyre reports from Beit Sira

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Catherine Hardwicke, who made teens-on-the-rampage picture Thirteen, initially seems an outlandish choice to direct this latest version of the Greatest Story Ever Told. But then, given Mary was herself a teenager facing an unscheduled pregnancy and social disapproval, perhaps it's not such a stretch after all. What is surprising is the staid treatment and respectful tone that Hardwicke and screenwriter Mike Rich have adopted.

Uribe set to hold on against Latin America's 'pink tide'

Looking south from the high ground above Bogota, countless shacks sweep toward the horizon. Nobody knows how many people live in these impoverished neighbourhoods, or barrios, but they are among the largest and most chaotic in Latin America. Poverty and civil conflict have driven as many as three or four million Colombians to the outskirts of the capital.

Sistani renounces fatwa on gays

Rights campaigners were claiming a moral victory after Iraq's Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani appeared to renounce a fatwa calling for the killing of homosexuals "in the most severe way".

We must not let this opportunity slip away, says Abbas

Mahmoud Abbas interviewed on eve of Palestinian summit in London

My Mentor: Tony Wilson on Nigel Ryan

'I think it's nice having a scary boss because it keeps you under control'
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