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The one where Medea saves her kids: lost classics of Greek tragedy

In his new book, Matthew Wright analyses the remaining evidence of hundreds of Athenian texts that, packed with sex, magic and happy endings, would give a radically different impression of the genre<p>Think of Greek tragedy and we tend to think of sad stories of the death of kings. Or, if not their …

Literature

Bad Santa: The psychology behind ghastly gifts

It's the thought that counts when it comes to exchanging presents, right? So why is it so hard to choke back your resentment when you unwrap a diet book? A snow shovel? Or a coffee-maker from someone who knows you only drink tea?<p>Lousy gifts are relationship land mines wrapped in a festive bow. …

Death toll rises to 183 in South Sudan fuel tanker explosion

MARIDI, South Sudan (AP) — The death toll from a fuel tanker explosion in a rural South Sudanese state reached 183 on Friday, a regional official said, as medical staff and volunteers struggled to keep up with the influx of severely burned patients.<p>At least 60 more people are unaccounted for, said …

Africa

Archaeologists uncover massive gate to Goliath's biblical city

Archaeologists on a two-decade-long mission have discovered the gate and the fortifications of one of the most coveted ancient Biblical cities – …

10 young British actresses to watch - Telegraph

British Humour

The Bosnian war baby still searching for answers, 20 years on

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the worst massacre in Europe since the second world war. It’s estimated that more than 8,000 Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims) were rounded up by soldiers from the Republika Srpska and killed in and around the town of Srebrenica. Deemed an act of genocide, it was a …