MAX HASTINGS: Forget that it's evil. The brutal truth is torture never works
Torture is morally wrong and useless, and intelligence agencies must be subjected to rigorous independent scrutiny to prevent them from running amok, writes MAX HASTINGS.
Transcript: The Nation end-of-year special
A transcript of the final episode of The Nation, which was held at the Sweat Shop Brew Bar in downtown Auckland on Saturday morning.
Dan Corkery: Talking turkey: Urbana the holiday epicenter
UHS Thanksgiving dinner could use some volunteers. Laura Hastings will be relaxing this Thanksgiving. That might not sound like news, but it is for anyone who has volunteered at the Urbana High School Thanksgiving dinner in recent years. "This is the first year in eight that we are not involved," she wrote to me in an email late last week. read more
Stigma Of Sierra Leone's 'Ebola Orphans' Remains
Sierra Leone is now at the forefront of the fight against Ebola in West Africa, with more reported cases - almost 9,000 - than any other country, a rising number of deaths and many children left orphaned.
Sierra Leone doctor who got Ebola is not relenting
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) ? For eight weeks, Dr. Komba Songu-M'briwa worked at the understaffed Hastings Ebola Treatment Center outside Sierra Leone's capital. When he began feeling sick, he thought?
Altus High band offered to perform in Hawaii
The Altus High School band has been offered a rare opportunity to perform in Hawaii in 2016.
Fact-checking tweets fly as Feinstein takes on Brennan
(c) 2014, The Washington Post. WASHINGTON ? Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., wasn't going to let CIA Director John Brennan have the last word.
Stores kick off holiday shopping spree with Black Friday sales
Shoppers look for the perfect holiday gifts for family, friends. Ruth Ann Krug and daughter Karen Murray shop for bargains during the Black Friday event Friday morning at Alco. (
Team Grades: Fast Start Leads To Heartbreak For The Vikings In Detroit
The Minnesota Vikings jumped out to a 14-0 lead before surrendering 16 unanswered points to fall to the Detroit Lions Sunday at Ford Field. The Vikings got early touchdowns from Matt Asiata and Greg Jennings, but a pair of Teddy Bridgewater interceptions turned the game around. The Vikings failed to get points the rest of the game, including a blocked field goal and missed field goal attempt in ...
Lily Allen 'snubbed Band Air song because it's smug'
Lily Allen revealed she didn't care if Sir Bob Geldof has the hump with her after she refused to sing on the fourth incarnation of Do They Know It?s Christmas. She wanted to avoid the 'success club' of celebrity.