Leaders’ roles not rocked by sex ‘n’ drugs
Over the past 20 years, the personal foibles of political leaders have been increasingly exposed to view. But can a good confession save the day?
Boy killer, aged 13, faces life imprisonment
Alleged murderer Jordan Brown may be tried as an adult. If found guilty, a life sentence with no parole awaits him. Is 70 years in prison fair?
Airport coffee shop at 16:37 — terror strikes
A suicide bomber walks into Moscow airport and says ‘I will kill you all’. The explosion kills 35 and injures over 100. What now for Putin?
The poet may know it when others blow it
This week, the Scots drank to the poet Robert Burns and Derek Walcott won the TS Eliot prize. Now poetry wants to give St George a makeover.
Palestinian document leaks may kill peace hopes
Delicate peace talks in the Middle East have been ruptured by publication of secret documents. Palestinians didn’t know how much negotiators offered on their behalf.
Crowded world to face a hungry future
A newly published government report warns of a coming food crisis. Technology saved us once. Can it succeed again or should we find a fresh solution?
'Sexist' Football pundits caught offside
A female official at a top football match is mocked by the TV presenters. They're now suspended. But is football the only sexist institution?
Holy bones - skeleton seized by Greek cops
A monk has been detained in Athens for trying to smuggle a nun’s remains out of the country. Why did he do it?
Birds, bears and mammoths – coming soon?
A UK revival for the world’s heaviest flying bird is being funded by the EU. Now other extinct species could be on their way back.
Has ‘Dr. Cameron’ got his diagnosis right?
The government is planning a major overhaul of the health service, where hospitals will become more like businesses. But is it the right cure?
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?
Scotland Yard and the spy who 'went native'
Environmental protestors have escaped prosecution, after a police mole who spied on them sensationally changed sides. Everyone’s angry – but who’s in the right?
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?