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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

In the summer of 2004, a young jihadist in shackles and chains was walked by his captors slowly into the Camp Bucca prison in southern Iraq. He was nervous as two American soldiers led him through three brightly-lit buildings and then a maze of wire corridors, into an open yard, where men with …

Australian and UK alcohol industry lobbyists are hijacking policy – study

Industry lobbyists are hijacking government alcohol policy reform discussions and hampering efforts in Australia and the UK to curb drinking rates, health experts say.<p>Despite alcohol consumption being the leading cause of death and disability globally, the alcohol industry wields a significant …

Politics Weekly podcast: the CIA torture report

Presented by Tom Clark and produced by Phil Maynard

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

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 intelligence committee’s CIA torture report – which was redacted at the request of UK intelligence agencies – the Guardian …

Pope Francis denies Dalai Lama an audience because of China concerns

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 was declined “for obvious reasons concerning the delicate situation” with China, a Vatican spokesman said. The Dalai Lama, …