26 Mar

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US seeks China help on N Korea rocket launch

President Barack Obama calls for China’s co-operation in reigning in nuclear programmes of Iran and North Korea.
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2012 14:57 GMT

Satirist revolutionises comedy in Egypt

Bassem Youssef has become hugely popular as political satire gets sharper in post-revolution Egypt.

Afghan in army uniform kills NATO soldiers

Latest “green on blue” attack killing 2 British soldiers brings NATO deaths in insider attacks to 70 since May 2007.
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2012 15:25 GMT

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Wife defends US soldier in Afghan massacre

Wife of US soldier charged in murder of 17 Afghan civilians, including children, says incident “is not what it appears”.
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2012 15:27 GMT


Contraception is free and uncontroversial, sex education sensible and gay relationships are becoming normalised

Mary Ann Sieghart

Monday, 12 March 2012

Which ideas will endure for at least another century?” was one of the questions we were posed at a thought-provoking conference over the weekend. We considered and dismissed democracy – in the past century, it’s been overthrown by communism, fascism and autocracy – and capitalism, which even now seems a little under threat. One concept, though, kept bubbling up into my mind: love.

Whether you worship the Beatles or the Bible doesn’t matter. Love is either all you need or it’s greater even than faith and hope, and all three will endure. It’s the biggest contributor to human happiness, and if politicians dare to intrude into our love lives, they can have a more profound effect than any tinkering with taxes or the national curriculum. Which is why women and gay men should be deeply grateful that, in this era, we live in Britain and not the United States…………………………

drama students run through Jenin refugee camp

Young Palestinians act out their struggle on another stage

After the murder of their Israeli-born director, the students of a tiny theatre in Jenin refugee camp are fighting to save their dreams, writes Killian Fox


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