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Thursday, 15 July 2010

  • Leading article: A proposal worthy of exploration
    Friday, 16 July 2010

    Tuition fees have been the answer thus far. And it has been a moderately successful one. A combination of subsidised student loans (repayable only when the individual's income passes £15,000 a year) and generous grants for those from less well-off ba...

  • Leading article: The worst could be yet to come
    Thursday, 15 July 2010

    There are other malign patterns below the surface. The number of people in long-term unemployment (more than a year) has now breached three-quarters of a million. And youth unemployment is still devastatingly high: 707,000 18- to 24-year-olds are out...

  • Letters: Perspectives on banning the burka
    Friday, 16 July 2010

    Let French make own decisions Contrary to Adrian Hamilton's assertion in "Banning the burka is a lot of hot air" (15 July), there is no current "impassioned debate" in France about the proposed burka ban. All the passion is coming from hectoring ...

  • Leading article: The right to the wrong opinion
    Friday, 16 July 2010

    No 10's intervention to get Facebook to remove web pages that have voiced support for the gunman Raoul Moat, and his own emphatic condemnation in the Commons of the views expressed, is a reversion to classic New Labour posturing. The Prime Minister's...

  • Kim Sengupta: It worked in Iraq, but success in Afghanistan is less certain
    Friday, 16 July 2010

    Unlike Iraq's "Sunni Awakening", the bands in Afghanistan will not be composed of militants who have "turned" and will instead be raised from tribal levies. However, a parallel project of attempting to reconcile the lower-level Taliban is also under ...

  • Martin Hickman: A cautionary tale of corporate hubris and high-handedness
    Friday, 16 July 2010

    The problems have arisen because even the human tornado of the company's driven, egomaniac chief executive, Steve Jobs, cannot sweep away the flaws in its latest star product nor distract from its secretive and sometimes high-handed approach. In many...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Eradicating this biblical plague is becoming possible
    Friday, 16 July 2010

    The achievement of Michael Riehle and his team at the University of Arizona is impressive. But by their own admission, they have done the easy bit – create a genetically modified mosquito that cannot transmit malaria. To help with controlling the dis...

  • Ieva Raubisko: Investigation into Natalia Estemirova murder lacks rigour
    Thursday, 15 July 2010

    Ms Estemirova, the leading researcher of human rights centre “Memorial” in Chechnya, was abducted by unidentified men in the Chechen capital Grozny, and her body dumped in neighbouring Ingushetia on 15 July last year. Her murder was condemned across ...

  • Letters: Perspectives on global population
    Thursday, 15 July 2010

    Consumption is unsustainable Scratch the surface of any environmental problem and population growth and unsustainable levels of consumption are the root cause (report, 12 July). We are already in breach of the planet's capacity to support 6.8bn p...

  • Leading article: Mr Hague sets the tone
    Thursday, 15 July 2010

    The financial crisis left China and other Asian economies with a sense of superiority. For the US and Britain, there can be no more preaching the advantages of the so-called Anglo-Saxon model; there must be due humility. In his speech two weeks ago, ...

  • Tracie Washington: This crime was a symptom of a wider sickness in the police
    Thursday, 15 July 2010

    Since that terrible day back in September 2005, the community – and most particularly the African American community – has been petitioning, marching, following lawsuits, begging, and pleading for justice to be done over these premeditated, murderous...

  • Michael McCarthy: The symbol of nature's battle with climate change
    Thursday, 15 July 2010

    There have been wild exaggerations: that all polar bears are immediately threatened, or even on the brink of extinction. In reality, some of the world's 19 polar bear sub-populations are doing well; some are increasing. But others are not, and with t...

  • Susie Rushton: The dull truth about holidays at home
    Thursday, 15 July 2010

    Of the holidays themselves, I remember less. This was the late 1970s and early 1980s; we went for a week in Norfolk, or Wales, or Scotland, staying in a draughty rented cottage while it rained outside, occasionally let loose on a windy beach. One sum...

  • Leading article: Back for good?
    Friday, 16 July 2010

    It all puts us in mind of another widely successful band from the 1990s, whose story we have been reliving through Peter Mandelson's memoirs this week. They started off as ambitious unknowns. For many years they were as close as brothers. They conque...

  • Mark Hughes: A hard act to follow – especially with fewer police
    Friday, 16 July 2010

    Ministers would have hoped that yesterday's statistics might show an increase in crime – allowing them to blame the previous government and giving them some cover if crime goes up in the face of public sector cuts. They didn't, and now the Government...

  • Leading article: Not the Proms
    Thursday, 15 July 2010

    Maybe we should not cavil to see this piece of vintage Americana taking root so rapidly and unquestioningly over here, with all the expense and social competition it entails. Yet particular trepidation might be felt in one quarter. The BBC and the Al...

  • Kim Sengupta: Tensions between UK and Afghan troops on patrol in Helmand
    Thursday, 15 July 2010

    Within minutes Amarullah Ali was on the wall, standing in full view of the Taliban shooters, unprotected by body armour, a rakishly worn beret instead of a helmet, firing his UGL (underslung grenades launcher) in the general direction of the enemy. T...

  • Sean O'Grady: This seems like good news – but the cuts will soon bite
    Thursday, 15 July 2010

    For much of the fall in joblessness is really "BC" – Before Coalition, pre-emergency Budget and pre-the announcement of some 600,000 public sector jobs being shed over the next few years (courtesy of that Treasury leak). Meanwhile, the private sector...

  • Gerard Gilbert: At last, a sign that the BBC is serious about producing challenging drama
    Thursday, 15 July 2010

    Bleasdale hasn't worked for the Beeb since The Monocled Mutineer in 1986, his tale of British soldiers in First World War France held up as an example of "left-wing bias" at the Corporation. His Boys from the Blackstuff is rightly seen as the defin...

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The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

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Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?