Hayley Fletcher

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Why is today's teen fiction not as diverse as it could be?

We are the children, teenagers, adults, book readers and book lovers of 2014, and we ‘pride’ ourselves on living in a diverse, equal, multi-cultural and accepting world.<p>Yet as recently as 2010 research proved that there is still an imbalance in how this world is represented in books. 74% of books …

Giant comet to pass Mars for the first time in a million years

A comet on a once-in-a-million-years journey will graze the atmosphere of Mars, astronomically speaking, this Sunday. This historic game of cosmic chicken on October 19 will be documented by more than a dozen spacecraft, including Mars orbiters in the neighborhood that must then "duck and cover" …

Comet’s Near Miss with Mars on Tap for Sunday

Changing Planet<p><b>A once-in-a-million-year close encounter comes to Mars on Sunday. A comet will zoom past the red planet, and space observers are ready.</b><p>A flotilla of spacecraft will enjoy a ringside seat, precariously close as the speeding mountain-sized snowball barnstorms the red planet and swings …

Fighting censorship in the Middle East is nothing new - but the battleground has changed

As a child growing up in the Middle East in the 70s, I clearly remember rifling through my mum’s then popular women’s magazines and chuckling away with my sister as we searched for the censoring department’s black marker pen “colourings” on nearly every page of the society and entertainment …

Right-to-die campaigner who starved herself said she had ‘no alternative’

The debate around voluntary euthanasia has gained new urgency after it emerged that a 86-year-old woman starved herself to death because she believed it was the only way she could legally exercise her right to die.<p>Before she died, Jean Davies said she was going through the “intolerable” experience …

MH17: parents of three children killed call for an end to ‘pointless war’

An Australian family that lost three children and a grandfather in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has published an emotional tribute calling for an end to the “pointless war” in eastern Ukraine.<p>After bringing home the bodies from Netherlands, the Western Australian family said it was …

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dead at 82

(Reuters) - Oscar de la Renta, one of the most sought-after fashion designers of the last half century, dressing American first ladies and Hollywood stars in his classic silhouettes, died on Monday at the age of 82.<p>An individual taking calls at the designer’s residence in Connecticut on Monday …

Kate Moss to appear in BBC’s David Walliams adaptation

Kate Moss is to have a cameo role in BBC1’s adaptation of David Walliams’s children’s book The Boy in the Dress.<p>The 40-year-old – who last week appeared in a special edition of Channel 4’s Gogglebox, alongside Noel Gallagher and Naomi Campbell – will appear as herself in the film to be shown at …