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?
Freed pop star says, I deserved to go to jail
George Michael is an internationally successful recording artist. He's also a man with a drug problem. So has his time in prison done him a favour?
No neat solutions to the youth ‘neet’ trap
There are now nearly one million 16 – 24 year olds Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) and the number is rising. Does anyone have an answer?
Voting villains and sovereignty stand off
A divided House of Commons has debated giving prisoners the vote. The European court has forced their hand. Fears for national sovereignty expressed.
Sumo combat seeks to wrestle back its honour
It's Japan's national sport with religious roots. But match-fixing scandals have left Sumo stunned. Can the sport pick itself up off the mat?
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?
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?
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?
Murder in Arizona - shooting shocks USA
An American politician has been shot in Arizona. As she fights for her life the debate heats up: did angry politicians encourage her attacker?
UK Drugs Trade - Smugglers Get Creative
Drug smugglers are trying inventive new tactics. Can border police stop the illegal trade into the country? And are they targeting the wrong people?