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Insider’s Guide to Mexico’s Independence Route

Though timing a trip in the fall during Día de los Muertes is highly recommended, these picturesque towns offer a vibrant art and music scene that’s well worth experiencing any time of year.<p><b>Here’s a brief insider’s guide to visiting this exciting region:</b><p><b>Where to Eat</b><p><b>La Posadita</b> in San Miguel de …

Championing human rights in the wrong way

It is worse still when detention is indefinite, as for more than 50 refugees detained for four years because of ASIO security assessments. Just a few …

Tony Abbott disbanded expert adopt advisory group weeks before pledging action on the issue

The group was disbanded on November 8 as part of a new Coalition government move to abolish or rationalise non-statutory bodies.<p>''The closure of this …

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Gay marriage advocates draw up hit list of MPs

This comes after the High Court found earlier this month that ACT same-sex marriages were not legal, but that it was possible for the federal …

Tim Wilson's appointment as Human Rights Commissioner could see cuts to a program on school bullying

She said that an inquiry into asylum seeker children who are held in detention would still go ahead.<p>The commission had not anticipated it would have …

Disability groups oppose tighter pension rules

• Australian politics: full coverage<p>Disability and welfare advocates have questioned the Abbott government's plans to tighten the disability support …

'Let’s stop pretending the Liberal Party believes in free speech' - Richard Cooke on Tim Wilson, George Brandis and the Coalition: http://themo.io/J7H9yV #auspol

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The Observer science quiz 2013: part 3

Beavers, badgers and space monkeys feature in the picture round of our annual science test<p>• Part 1 of the quiz is here • Part 2 of the quiz is here • Answers to parts 2 and 3 of the quiz are here

How Photography Can Make a Difference

Can a photograph really make a difference? Marcus Bleasdale, a British photojournalist, believes it can. Take a look at his telling images and listen …

Africa

The best photography of 2013: Sean O'Hagan's choice

Madrid was the place to see powerful feminist work from the 1970s, while the much-anticipated Media Space in London finally opened its doors<p>Read the Observer critics' reviews of the year in full here<p>My two favourite shows this year were both part of the PhotoEspaña festival in Madrid. Woman: The …

Capturing Dynamic Sky Activity Using Timelapse Sequences

If you enjoy photography that takes you on a vacation by just looking at it, you’re in for a treat! Photographer Andrew Walker spent the last year …

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