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A hunger to survive

After her husband and son died of starvation, there was nothing to keep Mrs Song in North Korea. Her story highlights the grim reality of life for the country’s 24m people
Barbara Demick  

Lab report

The Woo Suk Hwang stem cell scandal is shaping up to be the most significant case of scientific misconduct in years. How badly does it set back the science?
Philip Ball  

Victor Pelevin

Russian literary culture is in disarray but it can still have a good row about its most fashionable writer
Jason Cowley