Piracy on the high seas and laser dazzlers
More people were taken hostage at sea in 2010 than in any year since records began. So how can a ‘ragged band’ of pirates hold the world to ransom?
Nuke plant sabotaged in high tech strike
Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons has been delayed by a computer virus. But a major victory for cyber-warfare could unleash more such attacks.
Murder hunt threatens chaos in Lebanon
As UN investigators prepare their verdict on the killing of a Lebanese politician some now ask: is the promise of justice worth the threat of chaos?
Uncorked! World’s oldest winery discovered
The world’s oldest winery has been discovered in an Armenian cave; so we’ve been drinking alcohol for at least 6000 years. Is that something to celebrate?
Gloom, doom and cuts v barmy men hugging
A crushing cricket victory in Australia is good news for England fans. But does sport really have the power to change the national mood?
Are Christmas superstitions super or stupid?
There are many superstitions around the 12th night of Christmas, as decorations come down. But does superstition have any place in our modern world?
Israel loosens its 3-year stranglehold on Gaza
International pressure has forced Israel to ease its blockade on the Palestinian territory of Gaza. Could this be a step towards lasting peace?
Burned alive: the deadly politics of central Asia
In a small and distant country, a spate of vicious ethnic killings are being linked to a struggle between the world’s superpowers and a Russian bid to win control.
Greece told: beware Chinese bearing gifts
As Greece struggles, China comes to the rescue with its biggest ever European investment. But does Chinese help come with dangerous strings attached?