Shakespeare’s Globe to stage King John for 800th anniversary of Magna Carta

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Summer 2015 production means all 38 plays written entirely or substantially by Shakespeare will have been performed at Globe Jump to comments Shakespeare’s Globe will finally have staged every one of the Bard’s known plays when it puts on King John next year to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. “This is a very significant moment for us,” the ... Read More »

Chancellor haunted by deficit and £1.45 trillion debt pile

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Government borrowing falls in October, but tax receipts remain weak, reducing chance of big giveaways in the Autumn Statement. Comments The Government’s ability to reduce the deficit this year and tame Britain’s huge debt mountain is in doubt, despite a slight fall in borrowing last month. Public sector net borrowing, excluding public sector banks, fell to £7.7bn in October, from £7.9bn ... Read More »

Read the Full Text of President Obama’s Speech on Immigration


In a primetime address to the nation Thursday night, President Obama announced sweeping executive action to change U.S. immigration policy. His plan — the largest overhaul of the immigration system in five decades — will protect nearly 5 million unauthorized immigrants from deportation. Eligible immigrants can begin applying for protections in the spring. Here are the president’s remarks as prepared ... Read More »

ABC, climate change: the Coalition is drowning us in nonsense

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In opposition, authenticity and truth-telling was the focus. Now it’s all denials and broken promises Jump to comments This morning, on the wireless, I heard the finance minister, Mathias Cormann, say the government wasn’t making cuts to the ABC. The day before, I heard the communications minister, Malcolm Turnbull, say Tony Abbott hadn’t actually promised before last September’s election not ... Read More »

Erdogan’s ‘New Turkey’ drifts towards isolation

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There is an old saying in Turkish: “The Turk has no friend but the Turk.” As this country drifts towards isolation under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the proverb is ringing uncomfortably true. During his 11 years as prime minister, Turkey rose in prominence. It began negotiations for European Union membership. It hugely increased its diplomatic presence, particularly in ... Read More »

EU court rules UK government must clean up dangerous air pollution

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UK government must urgently improve air quality in British cities following a landmark case that could see more vehicles restricted from city centres The government will be forced to urgently clean up illegal air pollution in British cities following a ruling on Wednesday in the European court of justice. It is likely to see many diesel cars and heavy goods ... Read More »

Atul Gawande: The Smiling Angel of a Happy Death


It is said that victorious Roman generals, on city parades following battlefield triumphs, would be followed by a servant. “Memento Mori,” the servant would say over and over. “Remember that you have to die.” Later, still-life paintings were punctuated by symbols of the finite – rotting fruit, wilting flowers, bubbles – as reminders of life’s transience. Early self-help books, with ... Read More »

Chinese Interests Look to Malaysia for Cheap Iron Ore, and Profits

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BUKIT BESI, Malaysia — Giant mining equipment has stripped away the palm trees and other vegetation from a jungle bluff here with a Malay name that translates to “Iron Hill.” Huge power shovels gouge long furrows down cliffs of fuchsia clay, scooping out the shiny black iron ore at their base. The mine here operates round the clock, seven days ... Read More »

Today Melbourne Is Kicking Off The Global Campaign In 20 Cities Across The Globe Calling On Their Governments To End Child Detention

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Free The Children – Action calling for the immediate release of all children in Australian funded Immigration detention centres – on shore and offshore. Media launch – Thursday 20 November 2014 at 11am corner Swanston Street & Flinders Lane, outside St. Paul’s Cathedral The Refugee Advocacy Network together with Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children, Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and ... Read More »

Philae lander detects organic molecules on surface of comet

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Spacecraft beams back evidence of carbon and hydrogen that could provide clues about origins of life on Earth The Philae lander has found organic molecules – which are essential for life – on the surface of the comet where it touched down last week. The spacecraft managed to beam back evidence of the carbon and–hydrogen–containing chemicals shortly before it entered ... Read More »