Mandela family battles over ailing icon's legacy

World | FOCUS Jul 3, 2013

Mandela family battles over ailing icon's legacy

A convoy of cars and buses decked with balloons streamed into Qunu on Saturday as the childhood home of Nelson Mandela hosted a wedding and enjoyed a moment of respite from the deep uncertainty caused by the health of its most celebrated son. Well-wishers flocked ...

America and Britain team up on mass surveillance

World Jun 29, 2013

America and Britain team up on mass surveillance

Twelve years ago, in an almost forgotten report, the European Parliament completed its investigations into a long-suspected Western intelligence partnership dedicated to global signals interception on a vast scale. Evidence had been taken from spies and politicians, telecommunications experts and journalists. The report detailed a ...

Global protest grows as citizens lose faith in politics

World / Social Issues Jun 29, 2013

Global protest grows as citizens lose faith in politics

The demonstrations in Brazil began after a small rise in bus fares triggered mass protests. Within days this had become a nationwide movement whose concerns had spread far beyond fares: more than a million people were on the streets shouting about everything from corruption ...

Urban shift aided PM but brought corruption

World / Politics Jun 6, 2013

Urban shift aided PM but brought corruption

The protests triggered in Turkey by plans to redevelop a park into a shopping mall at first seem an unlikely cause for public anger. In reality, the demonstrations over Taksim Square's Gezi Park go to the very heart of Turkey's modern discontents. Why it has ...

Gene-sequencing breakthrough may save koalas

World / Science & Health Apr 27, 2013

Gene-sequencing breakthrough may save koalas

Last year the koala, Australia's iconic marsupial, was officially listed as a threatened species in large parts of the country following two decades of devastating population losses. Hard hit by drought, loss of habitat and attacks by other animals, including domestic dogs, the nation's koala ...