Arms wide open
Rio's statue of Christ is, for some, the ultimate religious icon. For others it's an irresistible tourist attraction. It's known the world over, but few know the story behind the statue.
The people who believe in medical miracles
A group of evangelical Christians claims that sick people can be cured through the power of prayer. Is that possible?
Is Afghanistan really impossible to conquer?
William Dalrymple examines how the Afghan president Hamid Karzai's tenure fits into the country's troubled history.
Sniffing out cancer with electronic noses
Devices that can smell cancer are near to be used in hospitals - and before long we may be able to get a preliminary diagnosis by breathing on our mobile phones.
The case for not leaving education to the teachers
We should not expect education to be simply left to teachers, or the state, argues the philosopher Roger Scruton.
The Soviet broadcaster who defied Moscow
Russian broadcasters have protested about their country's actions in Crimea, which brings to mind the courage of a Soviet radio announcer 30 years ago.