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More than a million child refugees are struggling to cope

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.

Events: Previews

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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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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...