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Calling all birdwatchers to help with Pongal counting

Interested in birdwatching? You can help in a bird count during Pongal, next month.<p>No field guides, binoculars or notes needed. All you have to do is …

'China’s Apple' Xiaomi banned from selling phones in India

Patent dispute with Ericsson blocks world’s third-largest smartphone manufacturer from India, the third largest smartphone market<p>China’s rising tech star Xiaomi has hit a snag in its plan to challenge Apple and Samsung. Its expansion into the fast growing Indian smartphone market has been halted by …

Isis: the inside story

One of the Islamic State’s senior commanders reveals exclusive details of the terror group’s origins inside an Iraqi prison – right under the noses of their American jailers. Report by Martin Chulov<p>اقرأ التقرير باللغة العربية<p>In the summer of 2004, a young jihadist in shackles and chains was walked …

Australian and UK alcohol industry lobbyists are hijacking policy – study

Lobbyists are hampering attempts to curb drinking rates, despite alcohol consumption being the leading global cause of death, experts report<p>Industry lobbyists are hijacking government alcohol policy reform discussions and hampering efforts in Australia and the UK to curb drinking rates, health …

Politics Weekly podcast: the CIA torture report

James Ball, Julian Borger and Anne Perkins join Tom Clark to discuss the US Senate's report on CIA mistreatment of prisoners in the past decade. Plus: Miliband's deficit reduction plan and the surge in UK food banks<p>During a decade of war in the Middle East, the CIA tortured countless prisoners, …

Tories must be defeated at all costs. It’s nose-peg time again

Polly Toynbee highlights what she sees as some of the key differences between Labour and the Tories (Ignore the flaws. For only Labour can beat the Tories, 9 December). We think it is easier and even more informative to highlight some of the similarities. After all, it was Labour who introduced …

Questions for Jack Straw over CIA torture report – and his response

The former foreign secretary has repeatedly refused to answer questions about any role he played in extraordinary rendition<p>Jack Straw, the former foreign secretary, has repeatedly refused to answer questions about any role he played in extraordinary rendition. Following publication of the US Senate …

Pope Francis denies Dalai Lama an audience because of China concerns

Tibetan leader’s request declined in view of ‘delicate situation’ Dalai Lama is attending meeting of Nobel laureates in Rome<p>Pope Francis has denied a private audience to the Dalai Lama because it could harm the Holy See’s already fraught relations with China, the Vatican said on Friday.<p>The request …