Battling Beatrix wades into row

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, on a tour of the Gulf states has intervened in a row stirred up by Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party at home. It asked


World's smallest frog discovered

Researchers working in Papua New Guinea believe they discovered the world’s smallest frog. Paedophryne amauensis, to give it its Latin name measures


Three new planets spotted

In brief: astronomers have discovered the three smallest planets yet detected orbiting a star beyond our sun. The smallest is about the size


Kirkuk: financing the future

Kirkuk lies on the well of Iraqi oil. The ethnically diverse city contains 40 per cent of the country’s oil exportation, while representing just 2.2


Photographers at work

A new exhibition has opened in Catalonia, Spain, of work by French photographer and painter Jacques Henri Lartigue. The show incudes 230 photographs



Shame is a new film from Steve McQueen staring Michael Fassbender as a sex-addict. When his sister (played by Carey Mulligan) comes to stay, his life


Chinese inflation eases

China’s consumer inflation rate dipped to its lowest level in fifteen months in December at 4.1 percent compared with a year earlier. The average


Tablets at CES

The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is, say the organisers, gadget heaven. They expect around 150,000 people to visit the show for a


Back in the Day: j'accuse!

January 13, 1898 French writer Emile Zola writes an open letter to the president of France, Félix Faure, in which he accuses the government and