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  • Leading article: An opportunity for peace that must not be squandered
    Friday, 29 April 2011

    And it is the Israeli government that gives the greater impression of panic. The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has responded to the deal by evoking the spectre of Hamas taking over the West Bank as well as Gaza. And Mr Lieberman has iss...

  • Leading article: A marriage that opens the way for a modern monarchy
    Thursday, 28 April 2011

    Yet it will be in very many ways a different country that greets Prince William and his bride: more diverse, more tolerant, less respectful of convention, perhaps less confident. In some ways, too, it will be a different monarchy that embraces Kate M...

  • Letters: Perspectives on the perils of cycling
    Friday, 29 April 2011

    End this battle between angels and demons One reason why, as Rod Auton says, many London cyclists resemble a "sect" conducting a "crusade" (letter, 27 April) is that for such individuals the ride itself has become more important than the journey....

  • Leading article: An obscurantist and absurd judgment
    Friday, 29 April 2011

    The ruling grew from an objection by Greenpeace in Germany to a patent application from a German scientist who has developed the first clinical applications of stem-cell technology for patients suffering from Parkinson's disease. The cells used were ...

  • Letters: Perspectives on the AV referendum
    Thursday, 28 April 2011

    We owe it to our children to vote Yes AV is a very modest change to the electoral system with the purpose of permitting voters in each constituency to elect the man or woman who enjoys the greatest level of support. That is the minimum that any n...

  • Leading article: The economic gamble looks ever more reckless
    Thursday, 28 April 2011

    This makes George Osborne's welcome yesterday for the "good news" look bizarre. At best, the economy is stagnant. At worst, it could actually be contracting. What is clear is that the economy is underperforming the official growth forecasts of the Of...

  • Leading article: The waiting game
    Friday, 29 April 2011

    Martin has a blog that is lively in more ways than one. It is there that he keeps readers informed of his work, like his plan to expand what was originally supposed to be a trilogy into no fewer thans even novels. But the interaction has become a dou...

  • Ghaffar Hussain: Anger over inequalities is easily exploited by extremists
    Friday, 29 April 2011

    The challenges facing the Arab world are significant. Many of the countries of the Arab world have among the lowest literacy rates in the world. In Egypt, up to a quarter of the population is illiterate. Across the region, unemployment rates often ex...

  • Alice-Azania Jarvis: Leave it to Bieber to divert us from royals
    Friday, 29 April 2011

    * I fear the non-wedding agenda can't be sustained, so over to Mr Chris Balcombe, who has spent an entire week decorating a life-size dalek in royal wedding-themed regalia. "It's not every day we get a royal wedding, so it was well worth the effort,"...

  • Leading article: Oh dear, dear
    Thursday, 28 April 2011

    Was it a viewing of the zeitgeist tape that prompted David Cameron to use a catchphrase from a notoriously irritating advert in Prime Minister's Questions yesterday in response to an interjection from a female opposition frontbencher? If so, the tape...

  • David Weigel: The rumour that just wouldn't go away
    Thursday, 28 April 2011

    But the fever swamp was not drained. That 2008 document dump inspired exciting new fantasies. Why did the campaign release a "short form" certificate, instead of a "long form" one? What was up with the typesetting? Since Obama's father was born in Ke...

  • Deborah Ross: Tales from my father's footstool
    Thursday, 28 April 2011

    Although My Father's Footstool does not come endorsed by Madonna or Jay-Z, even though they'd both really love it, it does share the assumption that just because it can make a decent Sunday brunch, as it so can (my father's footstool is famed for its...

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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

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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

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