- The Obama administration made a rare public declaration publicly signalling its growing concern about a possible British exit from the EU, just days before David Cameron sets out plans for a referendum on the issue. This is the Telegraph’s take on it.
- Geoff Dyer argues in today’s Global Insight that the “Hagel confirmation hearings could turn out to be the foreign policy equivalent of the fiscal cliff for Republicans – a moment that dramatises the gaping divisions within its ranks and the rightward lurch while helping to paint it into politically treacherous positions.”
- ‘It takes an Orwellian sense of irony – or a complete lack of it – for a censor to ban the phrase “freedom of speech”’ — John Gapper thinks censorship in China is making the Communist party look ridiculous.
- Vladimir France, an opera composer and painter who is covered from head to toe in coloured tattoes, may be an unlikely candidate for the Czech presidency, but he is running in third place ahead of the vote this week.
- Houses in Iran have made way for glassy apartment blocks, but some people are trying to reverse the trend, renovating historic buildings and turning them into holiday homes and hotels.
- The Guardian has been giving some thought to why Lance Armstrong is going on Oprah Winfrey’s chat show. Meanwhile, Travis Tygart, the head of the USADA, told 60 Minutes that a representative for Lance Armstrong tried to make a large donation to anti-doping agency.
- Thousands of Palestinians have poured into Lebanon after a Syrian government aerial assault on the Yarmouk camp.
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