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Thursday, 10 June 2010

  • Leading article: The unification game kicks off
    Friday, 11 June 2010

    And there will be some who hear a discordant note amid the celebrations. The competition might be the pinnacle of the beautiful game, but one would be hard-pressed to describe Fifa, the World Cup's organiser, as a beautiful organisation. The fears ex...

  • Leading article: An opportunity for a bold leadership campaign
    Thursday, 10 June 2010

    But while a tight deadline will not be a problem, there is a rather disappointing lack of variety among the candidates who have made it through to the final stage of the contest. It is welcome that Diane Abbott secured enough nominations at the 11th ...

  • Ben Chu: Just how British is BP?
    Friday, 11 June 2010

  • Letters: Perspectives on recycling
    Friday, 11 June 2010

    Don't scrap the 'bin tax' scheme The Government is wrong to scrap the "bin tax" in favour of financial inducements to recycle ("Bin tax scheme put on the scrapheap", 8 June). Recycling conserves aluminium, plastic, paper and glass but uses signif...

  • Leading article: Mr Willetts's university challenge
    Friday, 11 June 2010

    But there are concerns. First, would it not create a two-tier system whereby employers favoured the candidate who had undergone the full university experience at one of the Russell group universities – which represent many of the leading research ins...

  • Marcus Tanner: A victory for justice, but not for reconciliation in the Balkans
    Friday, 11 June 2010

    The international war crimes tribunal for Yugoslavia, a virtual afterthought when it was first established, has proved some of those cocksure men wrong. Popovic, Beara and the others will have years now to reflect on their actions in July 1995, after...

  • Ivan Fallon: Let the vuvuzelas ring out at the World Cup
    Friday, 11 June 2010

    Some 500 million people around the world will be watching South Africa's opening match against Mexico this afternoon in the amazing 95,000-seater Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, one of 10 stunning stadiums which will be used (eight of them purpo...

  • Sean O'Grady: They think Africa's dark age is all over... but is it?
    Friday, 11 June 2010

    Apart from South Africa, the continent has highly insulated banking systems and limited international capital flows, and has been immune from the worst of the global recession. Steady aid flows and remittances from emigrants also helped. The decline ...

  • David Prosser: BP boss's impossible dilemma: keep the investors happy or the US government?
    Friday, 11 June 2010

    Mr Hayward can expect a pretty unpleasant encounter with the Congressional committee in front of which he is due to appear next week. He has no choice but to remain in the US for that hearing, but is now expected to return to the UK once that grillin...

  • Letters: Perspectives on the public sector
    Thursday, 10 June 2010

    Tough work with people Once again the private-sector bosses complain about sickness absence levels in the public service sector ("Sickies cost the country £2.5bn a year", 7 June). What they can't acknowledge is that while stress is present in the...

  • Leading article: The lessons of the Gulf of Mexico crisis
    Thursday, 10 June 2010

    The Piper Alpha disaster in 1988 brought the dangers into sharper relief. They are in sharp relief again now. There is a strong case for reassessing the costs – human, environmental, economic – and the benefits of deep-water drilling. While that is d...

  • Alice-Azania Jarvis: My renewed pride in Bafana Bafana
    Thursday, 10 June 2010

    Usually, being cut off from the sporting mainstream wouldn't bother me; seemingly the World Cup is different. It permeates everything, from conversations with colleagues to the pop charts. And so, this Saturday, you'll find me parked on the grass of ...

  • Jeremy Laurance: The biggest puzzle is the rise in cases in the past 30 years
    Thursday, 10 June 2010

    The biggest puzzle about autism is the huge rise in cases, up 12-fold among children in the past 30 years, according to some estimates. A study by Professor Simon Baron-Cohen and colleagues of the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University, publi...

  • Michael McCarthy: Little boats of Louisiana come to the rescue
    Thursday, 10 June 2010

    Right across the Gulf of Mexico, shrimping has come to a halt – thanks to the BP oil spill and its pollution danger – right in the middle of its most profitable season. "My best catch?" says Captain Tate Grossie, "I tell you, I took 11,000lb of shrim...

  • Viktor Ivanov: The real price of Afghanistan
    Thursday, 10 June 2010

    Yet Russia bears the brunt of one particular aspect of the instability in Afghanistan far more acutely than any other Nato member: the narcotics trade. In recent years heroin has engulfed Russia like a silent tsunami. We are now the world's biggest c...

  • Leading article: A sock in it
    Friday, 11 June 2010

    And now we have Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond's 164ft high and 360ft long metal installation at Middlesbrough, the first of five artworks planned for the Tees Valley. Looking like a twisted tube, the "sock", as some have dubbed it, and "Temenos", as...

  • Leading article: Float his boat
    Thursday, 10 June 2010

    The cultural value of the vessel, which Cousteau used when filming his greatest work, including the pioneering The Silent World, is clear. But there is a practical value too. So much of what goes on in the oceans remains poorly understood by the scie...

  • Steve Robertson: The Shetlands are all we've got left to exploit
    Thursday, 10 June 2010

    Overall production in the UK has been in decline since 1999 and here we are talking about developments that produce tens of thousands of barrels a day. This compares to the 3.5 million barrels currently being produced in the North Sea off the UK and ...

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