Vying for peace in Brazil's real-life City of God

A special report from the centre of Rio's ongoing drugs feud as police forces battle to stop all-out war.

Armenians struggle to find a foothold

For visitors to post-Soviet Armenia, first impressions of its capital resemble any other place in Europe, but travel just minutes from the centre and you enter another world…

US Election: Ralph Nader is not the enemy

US voters have a bad case of "misdirected thinking" when it comes to positioning presidential candidates along the political spectrum, writes Alexander Hay.

Western work will return if East is overused

If demand for Indian IT workers leads to a drop in service quality, many businesses - already under attack for fuelling job losses - may be forced to close operations there.

Rio kids caught in drugs war crossfire

Parents at an upmarket school in Rio's embattled Rochinha district want its owners to relocate so their children are not killed in the raging drugs war that surrounds it.

School's out in the land of Confucian

A reporter journeys to the cradle of Chinese civilisation - the hometown of the celebrated thinker, philosopher and educator, Confucius - to sample how his legacy lives on.

Brazil drugs battle leaves three dead

An attempted invasion of Rio de Janeiro's largest favela by rival drug traffickers on Good Friday left at least three civilians dead and wounded scores of others.

Mixing peace and politics

With the current emphasis on war, is now the time to put peace into politics? A group pushing for a UK Ministry for Peace is in no two minds at its first debate.

Sobering reforms for binge drinking Britain

Europe's biggest binge drinker spends £20bn a year on an epidemic of health, crime and social problems relating to alcohol. Its government says it's got a plan, but is it realistic?

Why aren't you using Linux?

Want to run a professional PC without splashing out on Microsoft’s astronomically-priced software? Then check out our low-down on its best competitor, Linux.

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