Alternative world forum seeks solutions

The World Social Forum (WSF) has opened in India amidst hopes of finding answers to some of the world's most pressing issues.

Morrissey did WHAT to Princess Diana?!

Crazed conspiracy theories or elaborate musical masterminds? One reporter goes on the trail of the best and worst of the music industry's "tallest tales" online.

Mid-East school of hard knocks celebrates

An exceptional university's remarkable 30th birthday set amidst "roadmap" deadlocks and violence is really something to celebrate, writes Michael Hirst.

How television stole my life

As a man in the US sues a cable TV company for "making his wife obese", a British reporter recounts how the box in the corner embedded itself into his psyche.

'Luxury for the people' in India

As India's seemingly unstoppable ascent in the global economic market continues, luxury goods manufacturers target its burgeoning middle classes.

Public smoking ban in Europe gathers pace

Smoking could be banned in public places throughout Europe if a proposal by the European Union health commissioner and anti-tobacco "czar" David Byrne is adopted.

Christmas: A season for... nah, forget it!

As most people cosy up with their drinks, presents and for those who don't have satellite television, board games; others are plotting the downfall of a sacred annual institution.

Calling time on India's pending crisis

Enthusiastic, and fresh-faced on the way in, they are bitter, disillusioned and unsure of their identities when they leave. Is India's call centre industry killing the country?

Separating the killers from the kids

Durban's Golden Mile in South Africa is a shark hotspot where swimmers equal lunch, but as one reporter finds, prevention is not always better than cure.

Laughter as a medicine

In tears, doubled up and unable to breath, a good bout can be painful. But we love it. It's addictive and research shows it's good for us. So why don't we laugh more often?

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