April 2008

What Austria's 'grand daddy of incest' story tells us

Matt Gardner - Online ColumnistYou know, until recently, Austria didn't seem to be that interesting. It was only famous for an Archduke's assassination leading to the First World War, the Anschluss precursor to the Second World War, Viennese waltz ...

Beckham Mania hits fever pitch

David Beckham's generosity has led to two children being on opposite sides of a court case.After a game between Japan's Gamba Osaka and Beckham's LA Galaxy in the Pan-Pacific Championship at Hawaii's Aloha Stadium, the former England captai ...

Torture in the dentist's chair

Marc WadsworthIt's a good job that a feedback form filled in by patients is not one of the requirements for trainee dentists to qualify. Because the young man who put me through an ordeal lasting more than two hours yesterday would have failed. Wispy b ...

Food rationing confronts breadbasket of the world

Josh Gerstein, New York Sun Many parts of America, long considered the breadbasket of the world, are now confronting a once unthinkable phenomenon: food rationing.Major retailers in New York, in areas of New England, and on the West Coast are limiting pur ...

Martin Luther King's radicalism 'sanitised' by US leaders

Mel ReevesAmerican civil rights leader Martin Luther King, who was assassinated 40 years ago, was referred to as a politically moderate 'Dreamer' by US daily papers. Even some Black periodicals heralded the occasion by referring to MLK in the same ...

World's door to hell fire

Matt GardnerThirty-five years ago, geologists searching for natural gas near Darvaza, Turkmenistan, stumbled upon a chamber filled with poisonous gas after their drilling equipment caused the ground around it to collapse. With their camps and equipment alr ...

'Tony Blair's closest lawyer friend plotted against striking workers'

Marc Wadsworth - The-Latest EXCLUSIVEWhich is more of a political scandal? The revelation that right-wing British prime minister Margaret Thatcher set up a secret Cabinet committee during the titanic miners' strike of 1984, which threatened to topple ...

Obama still way ahead after Clinton's Pennsylvania win

Peter Wallsten - Los Angeles TimesPennsylvania voters last night gave Hillary Clinton every reason to continue her campaign to become US President but some crucial questions remain for her.The Democratic electorate in the populous American state did not pr ...

Papal apologies and real life soap tragedies

Matt Gardner - Online ColumnistEach week, starting from now, I'm attempting to reflect on stories in the news that many may not have picked up  by the mainstream media  and cast my own spin on them. If there's anything The-Latest.comers w ...

BBC: Why the West's attacks on Mugabe rebound

Peter Greste BBC News, Johannesburg On Wednesday, the United Nations Security Council will convene in New York for a special session chaired by South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki. They are meeting to discuss ways of improving co-operation between the ...

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