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A Sadhu (a #Hindu holy man) takes a dip at the confluence of the river #Ganges and the Bay of #Bengal, ahead of the Makar Sankranti festival. Photo: Rupak De Chowdhuri

Role of FBI informant in eco-terrorism case probed after documents hint at entrapment

On the surface, she blended in very well. With a skull tattooed on her shoulder, a black-and-white <i>keffiyeh</i> around her neck, a shock of bright pink hair and her standard-issue dress of camouflage skirt and heavy boots, the energetic 17-year-old looked every bit the radical eco-activist she worked so …

Charlie Hebdo attackers: born, raised and radicalised in Paris

Photograph: Alamy<p>Buttes-Chaumont park, where ‘the pioneers of French jihadiism’ would meet.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/1/12/1421073561767/1702eb7f-476c-4c30-9c3d-ecbbe24243ee-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Alamy<p>Buttes-Chaumont park, where ‘the pioneers of French …

Nine things you probably didn’t know about the Queensland election

One high-profile arrest is not enough around election time in Queensland<p>The arrest of one Andrew Crook over an alleged criminal conspiracy involving a banker, an Indonesian island, a former detective with bikie links and a disgruntled former AFL player caused a flurry of interest just before …

Sarah Ferguson calls Prince Andrew ‘humongously good man’

Sarah Ferguson issued a fresh statement in support of Prince Andrew on Tuesday, describing her ex-husband as a “humongously good man” and endorsing Buckingham Palace’s denial of allegations that he had sexual relations with a teenage girl.<p>Appearing on breakfast television in the US, the Duke’s …

Can Putting Your Personal Genome on the Internet Lead to Lasting Friendships?

Last week at a dinner party in Melbourne, I met two former strangers brought together by a website and a genetic similarity found in their saliva.<p>Last week at a dinner party, I met Melbourne residents Masha Lewis and Miranda Weiss. Complete strangers five months ago, the pair are now firm friends. …

From 'Boston Strong' to 'Je Suis Charlie': can marathon bomb suspect get a fair trial?

Legal analysts argue that after the Paris terrorist attacks the public mood in a city affected by the marathon bombing will make finding impartial jurors harder<p>The terror attacks in Paris could provide new grounds for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers to argue that his …

Almost half of Britons hold antisemitic view, poll suggests

Nearly half of the British population agreed with one of four antisemitic statements presented to them according to a new poll, which found that one in eight of those surveyed believe that Jewish people use the Holocaust as a means of gaining sympathy.<p>It also found that one in four (25%) Britons …

Smuggler caught with 96 iPhones taped to his chest, abdomen, thighs and calves

Officials on China’s border with Hong Kong caught a smuggler with 96 iPhones strapped to his body like a hi-tech suit of armour.<p>Chinese customs officers at the Futian border crossing pulled a young man aside when they noticed that his “gait was weird, with still joints and tense muscles, as if he …

17 Ways to Make a New Year's Resolution You'll Actually Keep

Many of us who have used this time of year to turn our bodies around have fallen into the same cycle of failure: We’re frustrated with our size or …