Defence cuts: Thousands of soldiers could face compulsory redundancy, an inevitable consequence of the current spending squeeze. Photograph: David Cheskin/Empics Thousands of soldiers could face compulsory redundancy over the next two years as the army pushes through radical reforms that will be outlined on Thursday. Defence cuts: Thousands of soldiers could face compulsory redundancy | UK news
Evidence of a US judicial vendetta against WikiLeaks activists mounts | Birgitta Jónsdóttir | Comment is free Icelandic MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir says her lawyers have seen documents confirming that a grand jury investigation into WikiLeaks' whistleblowing is underway in the US.
Brendan Barber: ‘Some of our opponents would like to dismiss our campaign as self-interest.’ TUC: phoney war against government is over, says Brendan Barber | Politics
Freddie Franklin in a performance of Scheherazade in the 1940s. Photograph: Andrew Testa The first time Frederic Franklin appeared at the London Coliseum, it was alongside the actor Peggy Ashcroft and a troupe of performing elephants. Ballet's Frederic Franklin may be in his 90s, but he's still dancing | Stage
The chilling transformation of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi | World news | The Observer Geneva places a high premium on guarding secrets, but rumours are a different currency.
Academic fury over order to study the big society | Education | The Observer David Willetts MP, minister for universities and science, regarded as one of the intellectual driving forces behind the 'big society'.