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Paul Harris

White House staff to take ethics refresher course

Beset by a tide of scandal and with one senior aide facing criminal charges, President George Bush has ordered all his White House senior staff to take a refresher course in ethics. The move, revealed on Saturday, is likely to be lauded by Republicans and derided by Democrats.

Darkness falls on paradise island

From the top of the Hooiberg hill you can see all of the tiny island of Aruba, which is little more than a sliver of white sand set in the sparkling blue of the Caribbean. But Jim Greene, perched half-way up, is not here as a sun-seeking tourist. He is looking for a body.

Disaster looms

Climate change over the next 20 years could result in a global catastrophe costing millions of lives in wars and natural disasters. A secret report, suppressed by United States defence chiefs and obtained by The Observer newspaper, warns that major European cities will be sunk beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a ''Siberian'' climate by 2020.

Who killed Christ?

Across the United States last week thousands of Christian pastors and priests sat down in front of their television sets to watch a special hour-long broadcast on a Christian cable channel. The subject was The Passion, Mel Gibson's controversial film about the death of Christ.

The laughing stock of Africa

Africa is a tragic place: it is racked by war, corruption, Aids, famine and repression. Yet Africa's leaders do very little to alleviate this situation. Africa's leaders are worthy of little but international contempt. Outside their own continent Africa's politicians have become a laughing stock.

Tertiary education disaster looms

Marianne Merten Parliament has been warned of an impending collapse of university and technikon education because of drastically falling student numbers. The Council...

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