Christopher Hitchens in pictures

A selection of videos of the late writer.

Following George Eaton's moving tribute to Christopher Hitchens, here are five videos of the author, critic and journalist discussing torture, religion and the disease that claimed his life.

Hitchens smoking and drinking in 2006 talking about Mother Teresa:

Given his support for the invasion of Iraq, Hitchens is asked whether he still considers himself a leftist:

The Hitchens brothers face off. Christopher and Peter Hitchens debate whether civilisation can survive without God:

Hitchens submits himself to waterboarding in an effort to understand the human cost of America's use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" at Guantánamo and elsewhere:

Hitchens talks to Anderson Cooper about discovering he had cancer:

 

 

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Could Jeremy Corbyn still be excluded from the leadership race? The High Court will rule today

Labour donor Michael Foster has applied for a judgement. 

If you thought Labour's National Executive Committee's decision to let Jeremy Corbyn automatically run again for leader was the end of it, think again. 

Today, the High Court will decide whether the NEC made the right judgement - or if Corbyn should have been forced to seek nominations from 51 MPs, which would effectively block him from the ballot.

The legal challenge is brought by Michael Foster, a Labour donor and former parliamentary candidate. Corbyn is listed as one of the defendants.

Before the NEC decision, both Corbyn's team and the rebel MPs sought legal advice.

Foster has maintained he is simply seeking the views of experts. 

Nevertheless, he has clashed with Corbyn before. He heckled the Labour leader, whose party has been racked with anti-Semitism scandals, at a Labour Friends of Israel event in September 2015, where he demanded: "Say the word Israel."

But should the judge decide in favour of Foster, would the Labour leadership challenge really be over?

Dr Peter Catterall, a reader in history at Westminster University and a specialist in opposition studies, doesn't think so. He said: "The Labour party is a private institution, so unless they are actually breaking the law, it seems to me it is about how you interpret the rules of the party."

Corbyn's bid to be personally mentioned on the ballot paper was a smart move, he said, and the High Court's decision is unlikely to heal wounds.

 "You have to ask yourself, what is the point of doing this? What does success look like?" he said. "Will it simply reinforce the idea that Mr Corbyn is being made a martyr by people who are out to get him?"