Normal life cancelled as nation holds breath
Does society need more events that bring us all together? England face Sweden in the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Saturday, and half the country is set to tune in for the crunch match.
UK’s lost girls: gender-based abortions alarm
Pressure is mounting to stop people knowing the gender of their baby before birth after evidence that girl babies are being illegally aborted in Britain. Is it time for a crackdown?
Hard times usher in a new era of sharing
Home cooks in Athens have been making extra portions for hard-up locals: it’s a way to earn some money, help others and find friends. Could sharing be the future of feel-good commerce?
Kidnapping puts spotlight on neighbourhood ties
Joy greeted the escape of three young women held for 10 years as prisoners in an ordinary American neighbourhood. But how could the crime go undiscovered for so long?
Millions on strike over Tesco threat in India
Multinational supermarkets like Tesco or Wal-Mart will soon be allowed to set up shop in India’s cities. Millions are furious at the news – and yesterday, they took to the streets to protest.
Jubilee street parties bring neighbours together
This weekend, Britain is set to come alive with street parties. The celebrations look back to a time of community spirit – and a sense of neighbourliness many think has been lost.
England manager attacks bosses over racism row
For the second time in two years, John Terry has been stripped of the England captaincy. This time the decision is out of his manager’s hands, and Fabio Capello is furious.
One man's crusade to save India's babies
Gadchiroli is one of the poorest districts in India. But it has witnessed a medical miracle in infant care. What happened?
Amid the chaos, Japanese show their virtues
As Japan recovers from its terrible earthquake, westerners are impressed that there has been no looting. Why are the Japanese so well behaved?
Historic beauty but very modern poverty
The ancient town of Okehampton has been hit by unemployment. Charities are diverting food from Romania. But not all the residents are pleased.
A bullet through the heart of England
Proposals for a high-speed rail link across England have run into trouble. Campaigners say the new tracks will ruin countryside and wreck lives. Are the benefits worth the price?