Alexandra Topping

Ugandan activist is gay hero of the year

Pepe Julian Onziema has been acknowledged for fighting anti-gay laws in his country despite threats to his life.

Collins dictionary deems ‘geek’ word of the year

Collins Dictionary has picked "geek" as its word of the year to serve as a reminder of how an insult can be transformed into a badge of honour.

Cyberbullying is linked to domestic violence

Activists say abuse of women on sites such as Twitter should not be dismissed as harmless.

Committed to art and country

After winning the jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010, ­Mahamat Saleh Haroun went home to Chad — and kindled a ­cinematic renaissance.

Lady book cover outrages Plath fans

A new edition to mark the 50th anniversary of The Bell Jar has seen the publisher accused of portraying the book as glorified chick lit.

Paralympic glory spurs on Rio plans

Well, that's it. The biggest party ever held in the UK is over and London raised the Games to a level the Brazilians are determined to equal.

SA restaurants in world top 50

Two South African restaurants made it on to the S Pellegrino annual list of the world's 50 best restaurants.

Lamestreaming the English language

Once, you might have been stuck for the word to describe an unsightly tummy bulge protruding over low-rise jeans. But “muffin top” is one of hundreds of new words and phrases, along with “wag”, “size zero” and “hoodie”, that have entered the language and are listed in the Collins English Dictionary's 9th edition, published recently.

Romanian tale of abortion wins top Cannes prize

A disturbing tale of illegal abortion in communist-era Romania won the Cannes film festival's top prize on Sunday as director Cristian Mungiu beat 21 contenders to take the much-coveted Palme d'Or for his film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. The low-budget film tells the story of Gabita, a student who has a risky back-alley abortion.

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