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  • Frank Furedi: Panic over child abduction is the wrong response
    Sunday, 11 August 2002

    Throughout this summer, domestic news in the US has been dominated by lurid stories of child snatching. The media frenzy began with the abduction of five-year-old Samantha Runnion, lured from her Californian home on 15 July by a man claiming to b...

  • Geoffrey Lean: A government too concerned with headlines will scupper the planet
    Sunday, 11 August 2002

    "Tell me," I asked a senior Downing Street figure over dinner earlier this year, "why are you all so paranoid in No 10?"I was, I admit, trying to stir it. I expected a heated denial and an impassioned exposition of the Prime Minister's coolness, w...

  • The beginning of the end for Zimbabwe's white citizens
    Saturday, 10 August 2002

    It has been difficult to feel optimistic about Zimbabwe for some time. A nation that, for the first few years after independence, seemed to provide an example to the African continent of racial tolerance and economic progress has deteriorated over ...

  • The arbitrary nature of science yields astonishing and surprising results
    Saturday, 10 August 2002

    There is a so-called "Eureka moment" in the film about the discovery of DNA, when the British scientists Francis Crick and James Watson realise that the structure of DNA must be a double helix: the sudden glint of realisation, the run up the stairs,...

  • Desperadoes
    Saturday, 10 August 2002

    For those who already have the Eagles' Hotel California on vinyl, cassette tape and CD, the question now arises: would you like to hear all those old favourites in ever better quality sound than you have ever heard them before? And would the same ap...

  • America will brush aside our concerns and attack Saddam in the spring
    Saturday, 10 August 2002

    All week the argument has raged, so I offer not opinion but instead some predictions. Always a risk, I know, but here's the first prediction. By this time next year a war will have been fought in Iraq, and, barring an extraordinary upset, we wil...

  • Stan Hey: Stressed, bullied, always at breaking point: that's the writers not the actors
    Saturday, 10 August 2002

    If the soap opera industry is in trouble, don't waste sympathy on those actors who will get "written out" in violent circumstances to boost ratings. And don't fret about the producers who will get the "Friday night summons" from the head of drama, fo...

  • The joys of taking a holiday within a holiday
    Saturday, 10 August 2002

    This is decadence, a holiday within a holiday, like leaving a play at the interval to go to the opera. If only... Officially we're in Scotland for six weeks in the house we've been building, and indeed are still building, on an island off the Argyll ...

  • Paul Vallely: Why we care so much about these two young girls
    Saturday, 10 August 2002

    There has been a sad fascination in watching how the nation has responded to the case of the two missing Cambridgeshire schoolgirls this week. What has been striking is the variety of the responses. Local people have searched the fields. Parents acro...

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'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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