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By 'eck Lonely Planet! What's so chuffing great about Yorkshire?

Hearing that Yorkshire had been voted the third best place to visit in the world by the Lonely Planet – yes, that Lonely Planet and this whole, massive world – I had an instant…
AUTHOR:Helen Pidd
PUBLISHED: Oct. 29, 2013
LENGTH: 8 minutes (2047 words)

How the US raid on al-Shabaab in Somalia went wrong

Al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia. The raid in Barawe aimed to capture Abdulkadir Mohamed Abdulkadir, a senior commander. Photograph: Farah Abdi Warsameh/AP As a mother of young children, Fadumo Sheikh…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 9, 2013
LENGTH: 6 minutes (1711 words)

The whistleblowers: 'The truth sets you free'

Edward Snowden: 'People like him who do the right thing should be recognised and celebrated instead of being tarred and punished.' Photograph: The Guardian Annie MachonA former MI5 officer, Machon…
PUBLISHED: June 10, 2013
LENGTH: 14 minutes (3515 words)

Fighting terrorism: Do 'deradicalisation' camps really work?

Is this the way to beat extremism? A sewing class in a deradicalisation centre in Pakistan's Swat valley. Photograph: Mian Kursheed/Reuters Shabhaz Ahmed has a story to tell. It is an old story, one…
PUBLISHED: June 9, 2013
LENGTH: 10 minutes (2747 words)

Murder of an Italian paparazzo: a tale of bunga bunga, blackmail and organised crime

Daniele Lo Presti: the paparazzo was killed by a professional hitman. Photograph: Massimo Percossi It's now more than two months since Daniele Lo Presti, a famous Italian paparazzo, was murdered…
PUBLISHED: May 8, 2013
LENGTH: 6 minutes (1665 words)

1963: from the Stones to Dr Strangelove, a year of social and cultural upheaval

Iconic images from 1963, including Bob Dylan, Martin Luther King and Dusty Springfield. Photograph: Was it a prefigurative year? I think so. Not that one thought of it as such at the…
PUBLISHED: May 7, 2013
LENGTH: 6 minutes (1666 words)

Femen activist tells how protest against Putin and Merkel was planned

Femen's protest against Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel in Hanover. Photograph: Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images With weeks of preparation behind her, a pre-dawn start that day and high on an adrenaline…
PUBLISHED: April 12, 2013
LENGTH: 5 minutes (1375 words)

The physicist, the glamour model and the suitcase of cocaine

Paul Frampton, a British physicist, in Devoto Prison, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photograph: Alejandro Kirchuk In November 2011, Paul Frampton, a theoretical particle physicist, me
PUBLISHED: March 30, 2013
LENGTH: 21 minutes (5330 words)

Are Russian killers on the streets of Britain?

Silence of the grave: Natalia Zharikova grieves over her husband Sergei Magnitsky in Moscow in 2009. Despite his death, he still faces a criminal prosecution. Photograph: Mikhail…
PUBLISHED: March 17, 2013
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2286 words)