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Let’s talk about toilets – basic sanitation saves lives, Notebook

Let’s talk about toilets – basic sanitation saves lives

I am a mum of a three year old girl and a five year old boy. They are the two most precious things in the world to me. As soon as they came into my life, all I wanted to do was to protect them from harm and give them the best possible start in this world.

By | Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 15 August 2012 at 2:00 am

Romney and Ryan: Can money buy any office?, Notebook

Romney and Ryan: Can money buy any office?

Why Romney picked Ryan was the question observers of the American political scene have been asking ever since Willard Mitt Romney became the presumptive Republican nominee for President of the United States.

By | Notebook, Opinion, The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 14 August 2012 at 9:45 am

Syrian rebels claim responsibility for downed jet, The Foreign Desk

Syrian rebels claim responsibility for downed jet

A video posted online today by an activist claiming to be from the north-eastern town of Mohassen, in Syria’s Deir al-Zor province, appears to show the downing of a Syrian fighter jet.

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 13 August 2012 at 2:57 pm

NBC Fail: My Olympics nightmare, Olympics

NBC Fail: My Olympics nightmare

For the past two weeks, as a Brit living in Washington, DC, I’ve been living in a bubble called #nbcfail.

By | Olympics, The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 12 August 2012 at 4:15 pm

Their houses and livelihoods are buried – why do they stay?, Notebook

Their houses and livelihoods are buried – why do they stay?

I have been staying in Manila for just over a week now, having arrived in the middle of Typhoon Saola (locally known as Gener). Ever since we left the airport last week the weather has been a key feature here, raining heavily daily, but last night things changed.

By | Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 7 August 2012 at 5:54 pm

All aboard! Making a killing with India’s genuine “duplicate gold”, The Foreign Desk

All aboard! Making a killing with India’s genuine “duplicate gold”

The bus had barely reached the outskirts of the city when it pulled to the side of the road and a man clambered aboard. In an instant he had pulled a gold chain from his pocket and looped it around the hand-rail attached to the roof and he was pulling on it hard, as if to show off its strength.

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 7 August 2012 at 9:06 am

Counting the dead in Iraq, The Foreign Desk

Counting the dead in Iraq

July was the deadliest month in the Iraq for more than two years. Is this the same country that Barack Obama declared to be a “sovereign, stable and self-reliant”?

By | The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 2 August 2012 at 9:53 pm

Creaking India hit by power and railway failures, The Foreign Desk

Creaking India hit by power and railway failures

Power supplies to half of India’s 1.2bn population have been cut for several hours today in the third example since Sunday night of how the country’s under-invested and badly managed infrastructure is creaking its way to near-collapse.

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 31 July 2012 at 3:09 pm

Supreme Court condemns India to the risk of Virtual Tigers, Notebook

Supreme Court condemns India to the risk of Virtual Tigers

Is it better for a tiger sometimes to feel harassed by hordes of noisy tourists, or be killed by poachers? That is the simple question raised by one of the most ill-advised edicts ever issued by India’s Supreme Court, which last week backed a misguided conservationist lobby and banned all tourism in the core areas of the country’s 40-plus tiger reserves.

By | Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Monday, 30 July 2012 at 12:24 pm

Can the Olympics save Syria?, Notebook

Can the Olympics save Syria?

What hope is there for the citizens of Syria? Every day brings news of new atrocities, with the lines of legitimacy increasingly blurred as the state and non-state hydras battle in a cycle of attacks, reprisals, counter-attacks and counter-reprisals.

By | Notebook, Opinion, The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 26 July 2012 at 5:00 am

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