In the long and sinuous history of international espionage, the one thing you can absolutely rely on is that very little is as it first appears. And so it is with Ryan Christopher Fogle, third secretary in the political department of the US Embassy in Moscow, comedy wig owner, and, apparently, a man who thinks it wise to hang around near park entrances at midnight with €100,000 (£85,000) in cash about his person.
SSE, the Big Six energy provider, is bracing itself for accusations of profiteering at the expense of its struggling customers as it prepares to announce a 30 per cent jump in profit at its division supplying gas and electricity to UK households.
While Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian is probably the front-runner so far for Steven Spielberg's jury to consider as a Palme d'Or winner it has strong competition from A Touch of Sin, a sprawling but propulsive drama from China.
At White Hart Lane this afternoon, the home dressing-room will be no place for doubters or pessimists. For the fifth time in recent seasons, Tottenham go into the final week of the season with ambitions of reaching the Champions' League, but only once so far have they played in it. If a fatalistic nature may well be commonplace in the stands by now, the players must continue to believe as they take on Sunderland.
Nothing sells newspapers like a combination of depravity and self-righteous indignation. There can be no dispute about the depraved behaviour of the gang of Oxford men just convicted of the sexual exploitation of girls as young as 11. They were found guilty of 23 rapes, 15 conspiracies to rape and offences including trafficking, sexual exploitation and having sex with a child. The detail of the cases, which involved torture, was so shocking that much of it was not reported in the media. But where the press was unrestrained was in the almost gleeful tone with which it was reported that the men were Asians and their underage victims were white girls. Much of the coverage has been an exercise in covert racism.
It is a funny time in Italy. On paper the country's economy has now shrunk for seven consecutive quarters, making it the longest recession since the Second World War, and leaving it some 8 per cent below the peak reached in 2007.
If Royal Mail were invented today it would deliver letters a couple of days a week and parcels every evening. Rather than returning home to a red "Sorry we missed you" card, Fred Bloggs could expect his Amazon delivery to arrive after he got home from work, and would file away the odd birthday card or tax documents that still dribbled in by post.
The first I heard of Durham University's sensational decision to splash out millions on a Picasso painting among other new art was when I received this text from my son, who is a student there: "Durham Uni spent £1.4m on art for one of the centres. ... Now we know where my £9,000 is going."
Sweden were the hosts for the latest edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, with Denmark claiming the title. The outfits worn are a big part of the night, so watch the winning video and a selection of the performances from the night below.
Authorities in Germany are still in the process of deciding what to do with a monkey that was left in the country by pop star Justin Bieber. Watch footage of O G Mally below, included in an earlier report into the incident.
Richard Wallace came to public attention in the Channel 4 programme ‘Obsessive Compulsive Hoarder’ has become a well-known sufferer of the condition of the need to hoard items. Click on the link below to see a clip from the show
The conflict in Syria, and the alleged use of poison gas attacks, has left Western governments needing to discuss the potential for action - despite some scepticism over the claims. Watch the video below to see Prime Minister David Cameron discussing the situation