There are few places on the planet where the influence of five bright yellow residents of Springfield has yet to be felt, and there will be fewer still with the long-awaited arrival of the first Simpsons movie. Oliver Burkeman meets the creators of the series.
With the George W Bush's approval rating down to 33% in some polls, his lowest ever, an overt message from a musician of Neil Young's stature could find a large audience, reports Oliver Burkeman in New York.
The Libyan government has promised to pay $10-million compensation to each of the 270 families bereaved in the Lockerbie bombing, a law firm representing many of the relatives revealed this week. The offer of $2,7-billion has to be approved by the families.
Last year an American professor stumbled upon a book written by a female slave in the 1850s. Could it possibly be authentic? If so, it would be the earliest known novel by a black woman, write Esther Addley and Oliver Burkeman.