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A bus burns in Bangkok which was set on fire during anti-government protests, 13 Apr 2009
Tue. 14 Apr 2009 0104 UTC

Thai Political Protests Turn Deadly

About 5,000 demonstrators camp outside prime minister's office a day after violent clashes between soldiers and anti-government protesters left two people dead

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President Barack Obama (left), with Vice President Joe Biden, says the U.S. will seek to halt the increasing threat of piracy off the Horn of Africa, 13 Apr 2009

Obama Vows To Combat Somali Pirates Video clip available

President says U.S. will do all it can to halt piracy in the region

Opposition demonstrators in Tbilsi, Georgia, 13 Apr 2009

Georgia's Opposition Sets Up Tents Outside President's Office

Thousands of opposition protesters have set up tents outside the office, vowing to hold round-the-clock demonstrations until President Mikheil President Mikheil Saakashvili resigns

The United Nations Security Council meets about Haiti April 6, 2009 at UN headquarters in New York. Security Council members continue to consult on the North Korean missile incident.

UN Condemns North Korea Rocket Launch

Security Council adopts presidential statement ordering North Korea to comply with UN resolutions banning such launches or face additional sanctions

Fidel Castro (file photo)

Obama Eases Cuba Travel, Money Restrictions Audio Clip Available

White House spokesman says President Obama is working to fulfill the goals he identified both during his presidential campaign and since taking office

A Thai soldier in Bangkok
Thailand's PM tells the BBC that Bangkok is under control, as two people are killed at the end of a day of protests.

The UN Security Council condemns North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket, and says it will tighten sanctions.

US music producer Phil Spector is found guilty of murdering actress Lana Clarkson at his home in Los Angeles.

Putin critic Lebedev’s mayoral bid blocked by Russian court
Monday, April 13, 2009 8:41 PM

A Russian court yesterday ruled that Alexander Lebedev, the oligarch and owner
of London’s Evening Standard newspaper, was ineligible to stand for mayor in
the southern Russian city of Sochi, which will host the Winter Olympics in

Near-perfect Stoner wins MotoGP opener
Monday, April 13, 2009 7:59 PM

Casey Stoner led from start to finish to win the MotoGP season opener
yesterday and complete a personal hat-trick of victories in Qatar.

Spector faces life sentence for actress's murder
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Phil Spector, the legendary record producer who invented the "Wall of
Sound" recording technique, is likely to spend the rest of his natural
life behind bars after being found guilty of murdering a struggling actress
at his hilltop castle in Los Angeles.

Worry more, live longer
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Next time the anxiety induced by another gloomy bank balance or the threat of
yet more redundancies in your office convinces you that the recession should
come with a government health warning, think again.

Jeremy Laurance: What the Government has really done for the NHS
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Are you among those who accuse the Labour Government of betraying the NHS's
founding principles by promoting privatisation of the service? If so,
consider this...

Insurers squeeze job loss victims
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Workers who took out insurance against losing their job in the recession have been told they will get lower pay-outs in a trend that could affect millions of people.

Rabbi-in-chief: Barack Obama's Jewish connection
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Rabbi Capers Funnye celebrated Martin Luther King Day this year in New York
City at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, a mainstream Reform congregation,
in the company of about 700 fellow Jews – many of them black.

Were police spies behind mass arrest of activists?
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

The Residents of Sneinton could have been forgiven for thinking that a mass jail-break had just occurred in their normally quiet red-brick suburb of Nottingham when they looked out of their windows in the early hours of yesterday morning.

PM expresses regret for slurs – but no apology
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Gordon Brown last night wrote to David Cameron and other Conservatives slurred in a smear campaign orchestrated by a trusted senior aide – but stopped short of issuing an apology.

Two killed as army takes to streets to quell protests in Thailand
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

The streets of the Thai capital were filled with clouds of tear gas and the rattle of automatic gunfire yesterday as thousands of anti-government protesters clashed with troops in a sharp escalation of violence. Two people were killed and scores were injured as the chaos spread.

John Walsh: 'If bouncers stand in for teachers, what on earth will the children learn?'
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

The life of a supply teacher in the Armageddon of the classroom was never a bed of roses. Called in as a pale substitute for a respected teacher who'd gone off to have a baby, had fallen ill or been sent on some "refresher course," stand-in teachers were like koalas introduced to a bear-baiting pit.

Make do and mend: The new fashion makeover
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

"I've got a new mantra: shop less, wear it more," Gok Wan announces tonight at the start of his new series of Channel 4's Gok's Fashion Fix.

In search of Jerusalem, By Michael Kustow
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Towards the start of In Search of Jerusalem, Michael Kustow notes that his friend Bernard Kops has written a rhapsodic review of his biography of Peter Brook in the Jewish Quarterly. When Kustow rings to thank him, Kops suggests that he should now "use your talent to express your own insights, not celebrate the insights of others". As one who wrote a less than rhapsodic review of the Brook biography, I was intrigued to see the result. Although the image might seem odd for a book so concerned with Jewish identity, it is something of a curate's egg.

Patrick Caulfield: Serenely secular
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Patrick Caulfield's Crucifix doesn't show a proper crucifix. It's just a cross, with no little man on it. A plain cross is practically all it shows. In this 1968 screen print, from the artist's classic period, a solo, cruciform block is seen slightly from below, outlined in his characteristic thick, black, same-width contours.

Children's medicine: Give pills the push
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

The MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority) recently issued new guidance on the use of over-the-counter cough and cold remedies in children, and has banned the use of many products in the under-six age group. There still isn't any effective treatment for the common cold, but that doesn't stop manufacturers marketing dozens of remedies that they claim will alleviate symptoms. Most do not work, and some can even cause harm unless used very carefully.

Fujiya & Miyagi, Cargo, London
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

With a name taken from a character in The Karate Kid and an old make of record player, it is hardly surprising that Fujiya & Miyagi have a cult following.

Madness and Modernity, Wellcome Collection, London
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

In 1900, the Austro-Hungarian Empire was disintegrating and its doctors were discovering nervous diseases by the bushel. Small wonder that the artists of its cultured capital, home to the greatest psychiatrist of all, were inspired by decay.

Guintoli makes stellar start at Brands Hatch
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Sylvain Guintoli claimed first- and second-placed finishes on his British Superbikes debut at Brands Hatch to lead the standings after two races. Guintoli, who has joined from MotoGP, claimed a dominant victory in the opening race of the day before putting in another impressive display to finish runner-up in the second.

Perry accepts he'll never rank among golf's greats
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

You thought you had seen everything any one golf tournament could bestow when they put the Green Jacket on Angel Cabrera. But you hadn't, not until you saw Kenny Perry beneath a stand of pine trees.

Evans rumpus may lead to law change
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Dean Richards was right. Whatever the continuing rumblings over his approach to player management during Sunday's compelling Heineken Cup quarter-final contest with Leinster, the Harlequins director of rugby was perfectly entitled, under Exception 1 of Law 3.12 no less, to send his best player, the All Black outside-half Nick Evans, back on to the field for the final few minutes as a "blood replacement" for Tom Williams, who suddenly started spouting claret in amounts generally associated with victims of Rocky Marciano.

Angel Cabrera: Shoeless 'slumdog' to millionaire
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

There are now two professionals competing on the Tours proper with a Green Jacket and a US Open title to their name. It is fair to say, however, the pair were in wildly different moods yesterday as they reflected on a Sunday night of the highest drama.

Easter is too tiring, says Rovers coach
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

The Hull KR coach Justin Morgan called for the Easter double-headers to be scrapped after losing to Huddersfield yesterday. Morgan's side felt the effects of Friday's gripping derby win over Hull as they went down 30-8 to the Giants.

Saints show their strength in depth to overpower Hull
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

St Helens consolidated their lead at the top of Super League and took full advantage of Leeds' slip-up by inflicting a fifth defeat in a row on Hull yesterday.

Angus Fraser: Why I'm back in the game
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

The hyperbole, glitz, cheerleaders, Bollywood stars and lucre of the moneybags
Indian Premier League (IPL) may be absent from tomorrow's opening round of
the County Championship, as will the finest cricketers in the world, but
there will be no shortage of ambition, determination, pride and hope among
the 110 players who line up against each other at Taunton, the Rose Bowl,
The Oval, Chelmsford or Grace Road.

Niche emerges as National player
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

After their usual, drowsy start, this is the week when Flat horses shake off the stiffness of hibernation with a series of Classic trials. But it began yesterday with a race that perfectly condensed the courage and romance provided, during their absence, by their steeplechasing cousins.

The Winter's Tale, Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

The summer season at Stratford sees the launch of a new RSC ensemble. After this uneven start with one of Shakespeare's most beautiful plays, one hopes they settle down soon. Greg Hicks is a superb Leontes and Kelly Hunter an impressive, emotionally drained Hermione, but there's a lot of average, colourless playing through the Bohemian scenes and too much RSC automatic grinning and gurning.

Liverpool need to summon the spirit of Istanbul
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

The task: recover from 3-0 down at half-time. The result: Liverpool 3 Milan 3 (Liverpool win 3-2 on penalties), 25 May 2005, Champions League final, Istanbul.

Klinsmann's fortunes take a dive
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

The writing is on the wall for Bayern Munich's hapless manager, Jürgen Klinsmann. His side may have flattened their Bundesliga opponents Eintracht Frankfurt with a crushing 4-0 victory on Saturday night, but the Bavarian fans were in no doubt as to what they thought about the man they once affectionately nicknamed "Klinsi."

McCormack keeps Cardiff in the hunt
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Birmingham City, four points adrift of the Championship leaders and just one clear of the chasing pack at the start of the day yesterday, were forced to endure a torrid afternoon at St Andrew's against Plymouth Argyle, as Cardiff did best of the pursuers.

Keogh fires Wolves further from pack
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Andy Keogh's late winning goal at Pride Park helped Wolves to strengthen their grip on the Championship title and all but assured Mick McCarthy's side of automatic promotion.

'Murray on his way to world No 2'
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Andy Murray is playing down his chances of success in the clay-court season, but Fernando Verdasco, one of only two players to have beaten him this year, has little doubt about the Scot's longer-term prospects. "If things carry on as they are I think for sure he will finish this year as world No 2," the Spaniard said here yesterday.

Sport in Brief: 14/04/2009
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Gibbs and Steyn clinch one-day series as Australia fall short

A fine century from Herschelle Gibbs led South Africa to a comfortable 61-run
victory over Australia yesterday in the fourth one-day international in Port
Elizabeth. The home side now have an unassailable 3-1 series lead.

Hughes at risk of shaming Sheikh
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

When asked how Manchester City's owners follow their team, the club's chief executive, Garry Cook, painted a picture of Sheikh Mansour, his friends and family, gathered round a big screen in Abu Dhabi, watching the live feeds from Eastlands and beyond.

Nadal reveals why sliding gives him the edge
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Even Rafael Nadal admits that it takes time to adjust to sliding into your shots on clay. "The movement is the toughest thing," the world No 1 said here yesterday. "To play well on clay, you have to move well. If you don't slide, it's very difficult."

Young lions Brown and Hall keep Mosler roaring
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

The young lions of the British GT Championship, 17-year-old Daniel Brown and his 24-year-old team-mate Stuart Hall, made it two out of two at Oulton Park yesterday, their Momo Mosler following up its Saturday win with another resounding victory.

Mel Gibson's wife files for divorce
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

It was supposed to be the happiest marriage in showbusiness, lasting almost 30 years and producing seven children. But after months of speculation, Mel Gibson's wife has launched what could end up being one of Hollywood's most expensive divorces.

Trouble at OK Corral
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

The streets where Wyatt Earp and his "posse" reached for their Colt 45s during the infamous Gunfight at the OK Corral are once more being disturbed by battling troupes of rival gunslingers. In Tombstone, Arizona, a bitter row has broken out over the right to perform historic re-enactments of the shoot-out, which took place in 1881 and was later immortalised by Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas and countless Hollywood stars.

Obama keeps his election pledge to Cuban Americans
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

The permafrost that has defined relations between the US and Cuba for generations is set to thaw a little after the Obama administration said it would allow Cuban-Americans to travel directly to the island, and to phone and send money back home.

The jailed pirates that nobody wants
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Shimo la Tewa Mombasa's maximum security prison, is surprisingly close to the
port city's luxury beach hotels. Located just across the road from the
holidaymakers, it may as well exist in another world. Beyond its imposing
gates set with thick iron bars are some of the most dangerous men in the
Horn of Africa, crowded into a prison already at three times its capacity.

Claire Soares: Obama plays a canny game and triumphs in hostage drama
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

The successful resolution to the five-day pirate hostage drama set off a flurry of triumphant chest-puffing headlines across the American media, with Barack Obama winning praise for an "early military victory" in his presidency. It was an important test for the US leader, derided by his critics as a soft-talking ingénue commander-in-chief. Had the rescue operation been bungled, the damage to his reputation would have been immense, as his Democratic predecessors can personally attest.

Pirates promise to take their revenge against US
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Somali pirate groups were vowing to take revenge on the United States after navy snipers killed three of their countrymen in an operation to save an American hostage. With two dramatic armed rescue operations – the first by France and the second by the US – killing at least six Somalis in three days, experts were warning that piracy off the Horn of Africa was entering a new and dangerous phase.

Pandora: Ravens is no Dead Ringer for Michelle
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Imitation, it seems, isn't always a form of flattery. Just ask Jan Ravens, the
acerbic Dead Ringers impressionist, who has decided that she will not be "doing
a Michelle" any time soon – for fear of offending her subject.

We can't compete with television, teachers complain
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Children of today's television generation lack the attention span for in-depth learning, the new head of one of Britain's teaching unions has warned.

Union criticised over demand for 10% pay rise
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Teachers' leaders have thrown their weight behind a pay claim of least 10 per cent after hearing a young teacher claim she had been forced to quit and work abroad because she could not afford to live on her salary.

Jay-Z's champagne moment
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

When hip-hop megastar Jay-Z announced that he was boycotting Cristal over a perceived race slur, the elite champagne houses of France held their breath. Rather than any damage to the industry's reputation, the key question was to which prestige fizz – from Dom Perignon to Krug – the king of bling would switch his allegiance?

A sanctuary for the traumatised veterans of war
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Generations of faces stare from the pictures that cover the walls of The Trafalgar Inn. Young men in uniform glare fiercely at the camera.

Why our ancestors couldn't ape chimps
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Humanity's immediate predecessors may have had trouble climbing trees, research suggests – so they may not have been as ape-like as many experts believe.

UK wind industry jobs growth potential 'at risk'
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Britain risks missing out on tens of thousands of jobs and failing to hit its renewable energy target unless the state steps in to rescue the struggling wind power industry, the Government will be warned today.

The Catholic coup at St Andrews
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

It was John Knox, a graduate of St Andrews University in Scotland, who so memorably explained why no woman should ever be put in charge of anything. "For their sight in civile regiment is but blindness; their strength, weaknes; their counsel, foolishnes; and judgment, phrensie, if it be rightlie considered," he wrote.

Britain is becoming a more fearful place – and the economy is paying the price
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Britain is becoming a more fearful nation, with rising levels of anxiety and depression that are fuelling the economic crisis by undermining confidence, a report says today.

Andy McSmith: I warned them that McBride was bad news
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Warning signs that the political career of Damian McBride could end in disaster were already up and lit before he and his employer took up residence in 10 Downing Street.

Testing, testing: why Obama was lost for words
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Barack Obama shared top billing with Elmo from Sesame Street, Papa Smurf and Clifford the Big Red Dog, as children from across the US descended on the White House yesterday for the annual Easter Egg Roll. And for a brief moment, the great orator was silenced by a faulty sound system, reduced to tapping the mic and forced instead to make polite conversation with a giant Easter Bunny.

Reform MPs' pay once and for all, says Clegg
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

The Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg demanded yesterday that Gordon Brown swiftly set a date to discuss MPs' expenses.

Benitez: 'We're dangerous – we have nothing to lose'
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

It will take an effort of near Istanbul proportions to see them through, but
Liverpool, aware that Chelsea consider their job already "nearly done",
will go into tonight's Champions League quarter-final second leg liberated
by the feeling they have nothing to lose.

Hiddink reveals his exit strategy: the future lies in players' hands
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

For most of Chelsea's former managers, the sight of Roman Abramovich sitting
by the edge of the pitch watching training was enough to spook them into
yelling instructions at the players as they ran around trying to look the
part. For Guus Hiddink at Stamford Bridge yesterday, the scrutinising eye of
the bearded wonder who owns Chelsea was barely worth a second thought.

Confidence is everything for Liverpool
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Liverpool are 7-1 against to progress from tonight's Champions League quarter-final at Stamford Bridge. Shorter odds than they were at half-time in the 2005 final against Milan in Istanbul, but long enough in a two-horse race to underline the implausibility of their quest.

Letters: Gordon Brown's 'national service' scheme
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Yet another would-be vote-catching scheme has emerged from No 10, less offensive than other recent emissions, it's true, but just as ill-thought-out and just as desperately manic.

The Week Ahead: Marston's set to serve up some market cheer
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Marston's, the FTSE 250-listed pubs group, is expected to meet market
expectations with its second-quarter trading update this Wednesday, standing
out as a relatively safe bet in a sector that has been groaning under
mountains of debt and the pressures posed by the recession.

Small Talk: Rate of delisting from AIM rises as advisers pull out
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

In last week's column, we reported on something of a spat between two law firms, Hammonds and Cobbetts, which had fallen out about the former offering a £5,000 one-stop shop for Alternative Investment Market (Aim) delisting.

Sean O'Grady: Scrappage scheme sells the UK motor industry short
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Good news: according to some reports, at least, the Government is ready to help the motor industry. The bad news? We'll be helping the French, German, Korean, Polish, Czech, Slovakian and Korean motor industries rather than our own.

Credit Crisis Diary: 14/04/2009
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

On the recession front line

Let it not be said that Unite isn't doing everything possible to protect its
members from the effects of the recession. But the trade union must be
getting dizzy with its efforts – in recent days it has been "left
reeling" by job cuts at Southampton Docks, felt "devastated and
truly appalled" by redundancies at RBS, and become "alarmed"
by staff reductions at Aviva. It is also pledging "not to stand idly by"
while employers reduce pension benefits, as Aon did last week. Staff at the
union are going to need counselling at this rate.

Businesses warn of rising risk of counterfeiting on internet
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Popular brands have called for stricter policing of the internet, as they fear fraud will soar during the first "digital recession".

General Motors on the road to bankruptcy
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

General Motors, the largest US car manufacturer, appeared on the road to a bankruptcy filing yesterday, as new details emerged of the Obama administration's plan to restructure the company.

Retailers call for action to prevent 'ghost towns'
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Retailers have urged the Government to provide them with more assistance to keep shops occupied, as Whitehall unveils a £3m initiative today to try to prevent high streets from becoming ghost towns during the recession.

Investors hit by double trouble with shares
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Shareholders are having to absorb a double hit through falling yields on
dividends and tumbling share prices. The data services company Markit has
revealed that dividend yields on FTSE 100 shares have fallen from 6.12 per
cent to 5.85 per cent in the past year, despite a 31 per cent fall in the

Union angry at Virgin Media over bonuses
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Virgin Media, the struggling cable operator, has provoked a furious response
from unions by revealing it intends to award its executives bonuses just
months after cutting more than 2,000 jobs.

Goldman Sachs taps private capital to refund US taxpayer
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Goldman Sachs last night launched a $5bn (£3.4bn) share offer, raising funds that it promised to use to pay back money from the American taxpayer and becoming the first US bank to tap private capital since the financial panic that engulfed the industry last autumn. The move was announced alongside financial results that showed the investment banking giant's trading division made record profits in the battered financial markets over the past three months.

Ted Jarrett: Musician, label-owner and producer who brought R&B to Nashville
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Nashville might be known as "Music City, USA" but it is primarily seen as the home of country music. Indeed, I was blissfully unaware of the city's rich rhythm and blues tradition and heritage until I visited the exhibition Night Train to Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004. The African-American musician, singer, songwriter, producer and label-owner Ted Jarrett played a pivotal role in that scene during the Fifties, Sixties and early Seventies.

Edward Judd: Versatile character actor who appeared in the cult sci-fi film 'The Day the Earth Caught Fire'
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Stardom came to the actor Edward Judd in cult sci-fi films of the 1960s, sandwiched between his roles in soap operas and other character parts on the small screen.

Paddy Delaney: Doorman at the Cavern Club during its Sixties heyday
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

First impressions count and during the Cavern Club's heyday in the 1960s, the first person you would see was the so-called "gentle giant", Paddy Delaney, standing in the doorway. He had come to the Cavern as its doorman in 1959 and after clearing out the rough element, he kept it trouble free during the historic Merseybeat years.

Podium: Darwinism may hold the key to knowing what it is to be human
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

"Darwinism" is often associated with a quite narrowly defined
scientific picture. Central to this are the view of evolution as change in
the frequency of genes; evolution as overwhelmingly driven by competitive
natural selection; and the assumption that living things can be arranged on
a branching tree, the branches of which are genetically isolated from one

Terence Blacker: How, precisely, will Sting save the planet?
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

We are living through times which are rich with untapped satirical potential. Reptilian special advisers, crazed anonymous bloggers and rent-a-quote moralisers are all worthy subjects, but none is quite so deserving of the contempt of laughter than that great contemporary archetype, the ethical celebrity.

The Big Question: Are relations between the US and Cuba finally beginning to thaw?
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Why are we asking this now?

This weekend Barack Obama and his fellow hemispheric leaders (minus, of
course, President Raul Castro of Cuba) gather in Trinidad and Tobago for the
fifth Summit of the Americas. Officially, Cuba is not on an agenda focused
on the global economic crisis.

Michael McCarthy: The countryside teems with life now
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Busyness is not normally an attribute one would associate with the natural world, but it is one that is noticeable to a degree at the moment: everything, from plants to caterpillars, from songbirds to tadpoles, is frantically busy. This was borne in upon me during the Easter break when I escaped with some of my family to Dorset and was particularly taken with the activity of rooks.

Liz Hoggard: Actually, your promotion is probably killing you
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

I have a confession. In 20 years at the office, I have never been promoted. I've watched as the great and good of my generation have slithered up that greasy pole – while embarrassingly, I have never even had a pay rise.

Adrian Hamilton: History requires us to look beyond art
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

After exhibitions at the British Museum on the first Emperor of China, Hadrian
of Rome, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, and Shah Abbas of Iran comes this
autumn the last emperor of the Aztecs, Moctezuma of Mexico. History may have
developed more and more along the themes and variations of social and
geographical development but the BM is firmly marching back to the
old-fashioned vision of the past through its "great men".

Leading article: Ticket to ride
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

It has sometimes been tempting to ask what, as Transport minister, Lord Adonis is for. Well, we are delighted, and humbled, to record that he has a project. He's spending the week test-riding our railways – on the unimpeachable grounds that "it's very important for ministers who are in charge of public services to really experience intensively the public services they are responsible for". Perhaps he will set a trend.

Leading article: A matter of character
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Rather than basking in the afterglow of the G-20 summit, as he might have hoped, the Prime Minister has spent his Easter holiday writing letters. Some were personal, and properly contrite – to those, including the Conservative leader and the shadow Chancellor – who were slurred in the now notorious emails, sent by his media adviser, Damian McBride. One, to the Cabinet Secretary, Gus O'Donnell, was more of a gesture for public consumption, setting out how the code of conduct that applies to special advisers should, be tightened up.

Leading article: Mass arrests have no place in a democratic country
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

There are times, and they seem to be growing more frequent, when the civil liberties we still associate with life in Britain suddenly start to look dangerously fragile. Yesterday was one such occasion. We woke up to the news that 114 people had been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit aggravated trespass and criminal damage. This deserves to be spelled out. More than 100 people were arrested in the Sneinton Dale area of Nottingham not for committing an offence, but for allegedly planning to do so. In other words, they were arrested pre-emptively.

Michael Brown: All eyes are now on Cameron
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Now that Damian McBride has utterly shattered the illusion of personal rectitude Gordon Brown sought to create when he became Prime Minister, the stage is set for the spotlight to fall on an inevitable, and massive, Tory election win in May 2010. Labour MPs with majorities of less than 10,000 can look forward to receiving 12 more pay packets and expenses payments before the electoral grim reaper finally requires the House of Commons to send out their P45 notices.

Dominic Lawson: Brown is finally the victim of his own licensed assassins
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

He's Brown by name and now Brown by colour, collaterally covered in the filth sprayed by his personal muck-spreading operation. It was on Friday night that it became known that the Prime Minister's "Head of Strategy and Planning" Damian McBride had sent to the Labour blogger Derek Draper emails which, among other things, cast doubt on the mental stability of George Osborne's wife and the sexual health of David Cameron.

Civilians urged to leave as cease fire begins
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

The Sri Lankan military said only 18 people had taken advantage of a lull in the fighting on the first day of a 48-hour ceasefire in the war against cornered Tamil Tiger rebels.

Rama Yade: The political star who's eclipsing Sarko
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

Rama Yade grins broadly and shrugs modestly. How, she has been asked, can she explain her overwhelming popularity after only two years in French politics? Is it because she is both "belle et rebelle" – strikingly beautiful and the only minister to have stood up publicly to President Nicolas Sarkozy?

Hilliard Ensemble/Chilingirian Quartet, Wigmore Hall, London
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 PM

The great musical sequence Haydn composed to frame the Seven Last Words is a challenge to anyone performing it in this irreligious age.

Christopher Hamilton: I'm not the man I was
Monday, April 13, 2009 2:37 PM

Unaware of the volcanic eruption of hurt and indignation at its core, you
could easily approach Christopher Hamilton's book, Middle Age (Acumen Books,
£9.99), as a mere essay about chaps of 50 buying Fender Stratocasters and
wearing denim.

Wolves on verge of promotion
Monday, April 13, 2009 1:10 PM

Wolves moved to the brink of automatic promotion from the Coca-Cola
Championship with a dramatic come back victory at Derby.

Iran says it welcomes nuclear talks with West
Monday, April 13, 2009 11:03 AM

Iran welcomes nuclear talks with the United States and other countries,
Tehran's top nuclear negotiator said Monday.

Passenger lands plane after pilot dies
Monday, April 13, 2009 10:36 AM

A passenger landed a twin-engine plane in Florida after the pilot died in
flight with a total of six people on board.

Two killed in Bangkok gun battle
Monday, April 13, 2009 10:30 AM

A medical center says two people have been killed in political street violence
in the Thai capital of Bangkok.

Somali insurgents fire mortars at US congressman
Monday, April 13, 2009 8:57 AM

Islamist insurgents fired mortars towards U.S. congressman Donald Payne as he
left Somalia after a rare visit by a U.S. official to the anarchic country,
police said.

Latest news from Al Jazeera - 13 April 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009 8:26 AM

80 held over power industry protest
Monday, April 13, 2009 5:26 AM

More than 80 protesters have been arrested for an alleged attack on the power

Babbel retains Stuttgart reins
Monday, April 13, 2009 5:22 AM

Markus Babbel has been cleared to continue as VfB Stuttgart coach next season,
despite not currently holding the required DFB qualifications.

Villarreal dealt Senna blow
Monday, April 13, 2009 5:21 AM

Villarreal will be without key midfielder Marcos Senna for this week's
Champions League trip to London to face Arsenal.

Mourinho backs troubled Adriano
Monday, April 13, 2009 5:20 AM

Internazionale coach Jose Mourinho says he is content to see troubled striker
Adriano take time away from the game to deal with his personal problems.

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