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Letter: Arsenic in the water

Arsenic in the water

Arsenic-tainted water from Unicef wells is poisoning half of Bangladesh

NEXT TIME one of those nice people with a Unicef tin comes rattling up to you during the pre-Christmas collecting season, try out the phrase "Bangladeshi tubewells."

Relatives grieve for six Britons who died

AS THE main wreckage of the Swissair flight which crashed in the Atlantic off the Canadian coast killing all 229 on board was being inspected yesterday, relatives of the six Britons on the plane spoke of their shock and grief.

Collapse of communism ruins eastern school system

THE CHILDREN of the revolutions of 1989 are losing out on learning, as the education system bequeathed by communism unravels. According to an alarming report published by the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) yesterday, schools are crumbling across Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and literacy rates are plunging. Teachers are demoralised, states destitute.

Sex and drugs and rock and roller Dury battles cancer

ROCK STAR Ian Dury, known for his campaigning work on behalf of polio victims, has another battle on his hands. For the past two years he has been faced with the spectre of cancer of the colon.

Only two weeks to head off famine in Sudan

THE WORST famine in nearly a decade is threatening southern Sudan, with familiar images of starving children beginning to emerge, but the aid world is divided over what to do about it.

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Stepping out for the UN

WHAT do a Somali woman who had her clitoris removed with a dirty razor at the age of five and a TV personality best known for her trademark sunglasses have in common? The answer is that both the model Waris Dirie and the travel programme presenter Magenta Devine have been appointed as UN special ambassadors. They will face the cameras at the Foreign Press Association in London today as they front the launch of Face To Face, a three-year campaign by the UN Population Fund and the International Planned Parenthood Federation aimed at promoting global awareness of women's rights.

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Children: Parents are paid to have the daughters India lost

India has 40 million fewer women than it would have, if the sexual balance had been left to nature. What has happened to this population the size of that of England and Wales? Most were aborted; many were killed after birth. An anxious government now plans to reward couples for having daughters. Peter Popham asks if it can change the course of a horrifying battle of the sexes.

Children starve, but North Korea is still stubborn

Aid agencies are finally seeing for themselves the tragic effects of flood followed by drought. Raymond Whitaker reports

Why babies must come before business

In its annual report 'The Progress of Nations' Unicef ranks countries according to their progress on human rights, health and welfare. The Right Reverend Barrington Ward unleashed an attack on the sale of formula milk for the feeding of babies

How to stop the massacre of innocents

Children may be victims of war but, says Jenny Kuper, international law can help to protect them

Love isn't easy, with a name like Mandela

Nelson Mandela must sometimes wince at the esteem in which he is held. The aura of greatness cloaking the South African President is so strong that his plan for a brief romantic holiday in Britain was abandoned in favour of an official four-day trip.
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Robert Fisk: All this talk of an ‘apocalyptic’ threat is simply childish

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Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

So claims an EU report which points to the Italian Mob’s alleged grip on everything from public works to property
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Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

Once the poor relation, the awards show now has the top stars and boasts the best drama
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What happens to migrants once they land in Italy?

Memphis Barker follows their trail through southern Europe
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French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

The ugly causeway is being dismantled, an elegant connection erected in its place. So everyone’s happy, right?
Frank Mugisha: Uganda's most outspoken gay rights activist on changing people's attitudes, coming out, and the threat of being attacked

Frank Mugisha: 'Coming out was a gradual process '

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David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

A blistering attack on US influence on British television has lifted the savvy head of Channel 4 out of the shadows
Florence Knight's perfect picnic: Make the most of summer's last Bank Holiday weekend

Florence Knight's perfect picnic

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Horst P Horst comes to the V&A

The London's museum has delved into its archives to stage a far-reaching retrospective celebrating the photographer's six decades of creativity
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Tim Sherwood column

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Eden Hazard: Young, gifted... not yet perfect

Eden Hazard admits he is still below the level of Ronaldo and Messi but, after a breakthrough season, is ready to thrill Chelsea’s fans
Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

The Everton and US goalkeeper was such a star at the World Cup that the President phoned to congratulate him... not that he knows what the fuss is all about
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Tom Peck on Match of the Day at 50

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