Climate change threat to pollination

Climate change may be preventing bees from carrying out the vital job of pollination by upsetting their life cycles, a study has shown.

Maureen Forrester: Contralto celebrated for her interpretations of Mahler

The contralto Maureen Forrester gained worldwide fame as a recitalist and concert singer during the early part of her long career. Noted particularly for her magnificent interpretations of Mahler's songs and other vocal music, she also sang Brahms, Dvorák and Bach with equal facility, while her rich, opulent voice, always under perfect control, was agile enough for Handel's most florid music. She came to opera relatively late, but from the mid-1960s onward, while continuing her concert and recital tours, she also took one or two operatic engagements a year, mostly in North America.

Battling Murray stays on course in Cincinnati

Andy Murray's stunning Toronto triumph over Roger Federer last weekend seemed like a distant memory as the Scot struggled to book his place in the third round of the Cincinnati Masters last night.

Defending champion Murray finds his range at last to ease past Malisse

Andy Murray began the defence of his Rogers Cup title with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Xavier Malisse last night in the second round of the Masters 1000 event.

G20 compromises on plans for tougher banking rules

Different countries will be able to phase in the tough new international banking regulations at different times according to their economies' needs, under plans expected to be agreed at the G20 summit in Toronto.

More than 400 arrests after violent protests

Anti-riot officers fanned through downtown Toronto in a show of strength to deter a repeat of the violent demonstrations that erupted within blocks of the G20 summit which ended in more than 400 arrests, smashed shop-fronts and burned out police cars.

David Usborne: Choppy waters ahead in world of Realpolitik

Is Canada hoping to preen this weekend as it plays host first to the G8 today and from tomorrow night the G20 summit? All countries would – Britain basked aplenty last year when the circus came to London – which is why little has been spared in preparing for the two gatherings. So no one had better grumble.

Canadian police stop suspicious car near G20 summit site

Canadian police said today that they had pulled over a car containing "dangerous materials" near the site where an international summit will be held in Toronto this weekend.

First woman to lead Friday prayers in UK

A Canadian author will become the first Muslim-born woman to lead a mixed-gender British congregation through Friday prayers tomorrow in a highly controversial move that will attempt to spark a debate about the role of female leadership within Islam.

Crystal Castles, Heaven, London

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Space: the final frontier in America's war on terror

Last month the US launched a secret drone to spy on Afghanistan and Iraq from orbit. The trouble is, it's been spotted. David Usborne reports on the launch of a secret spy drone

Broken Social Scene, Heaven, London

"When you're in a band, you get on stage and suddenly everyone's louder and crazier. That's generally the idea with Broken Social Scene," says Kevin Drew, the singer, guitarist and founding member of the sprawling Toronto indie-rock collective that is Broken Social Scene. The strength of that idea is certainly apparent tonight; it's live that they become a real force.

Meet the new pin-ups: TV billboards and movie posters reinvented

Young designers are reinventing hackneyed television billboards and movie posters online, with striking results.

Chloe (15)

Julianne Moore stars in this (uncredited) remake of the erotic thriller Nathalie, playing a Toronto gynaecologist who fears that hunky lecturer husband Liam Neeson is playing away.

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