Underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab begins life term

A Nigerian who tried to blow up an international flight near Detroit on behalf of al-Qa'ida started a life sentence without parole today.

1. Heat milk and add lemon

How to make cheese in a matter of minutes

You won't even need to go to the shops for supplies, as Will Dean discovers.

Suarez: Saint and Sinner

Liverpool striker who will be centre of attention at Old Trafford today is a complex character whose desire to win can backfire, writes Ian Herbert

Travel Agenda: Westin Xian hotel; Amsterdam Fashion Week; Snowdrops by Starlight; Gothenburg's Passion for Food festival

Today: In central China, the Westin Xian hotel opens in the city of Xian. It has a large indoor pool, a Heavenly spa and a Cantonese restaurant. Nearby attractions include the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda and the 14th-century Drum Tower, built during the Ming dynasty. The 8,000-man Terracotta Army is a 30km drive to the east (starwoodhotels.com).

Prosecutors will not investigate Dutch TV cannibalism

Dutch prosecutors are not investigating a case of apparent cannibalism on a Dutch TV show in which presenters appeared to consume tiny pieces of each others' flesh that had been surgically removed.

Twosome: Martine and Louise Fokkens, stars of a new documentary

Siblings who put the sex in 'sexagenarian'

A documentary about two 69-year-old sisters has scandalised Holland. It's because they're prostitutes, says Geoffrey Macnab

Deals of the week: Amsterdam, Rome, Nepal

Less than £200... Going Dutch

Simon Calder: 'Free' flights that now cost a small fortune

The man who pays his way

Netherlands split as anti-Muslim MP is cleared of hate charge

The acquittal yesterday of Dutch anti-Islamic politician Geert Wilders on charges of inciting hatred has split the Netherlands down the middle as effectively as the populist MP's right-wing rhetoric.

Amsterdam - up in smoke?

Amsterdam’s relaxed attitude has long been a draw for tourists. But as the city bans visitors from its infamous coffee shops, one resident, Senay Boztas, wonders if the high times are over

Services held to mourn Amsterdam gun victims

Church services were held yesterday in an Amsterdam suburb to mourn the six people killed by a gunman at a crowded shopping mall. Tristan van der Vlis, 24, opened fire on Saturday in Alphen aan den Rijn with what witnesses described as a machine gun, before fatally shooting himself in the head.

Six killed, many injured in Dutch mall shooting

A gunman opened fire with an automatic weapon at a crowded shopping mall outside Amsterdam today, leaving at least six people dead and wounding 11 others, Dutch officials said.

Huge cache of child pornography seized

Bosnian police have seized around two million child pornography pictures and 7,000 video clips during the arrest of a man accused of being in an international online abuse ring.

In pictures - World Press Photo winners

South African photographer Jodi Bieber has won the highest accolade for the 54th annual World Press Photo competition, announced today in Amsterdam, for her stunning picture of a beautiful Afghan girl, Bibi, whose ears and nose have been violently mutilated.

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Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs:

Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
Lyricist Richard Thomas shares his 11-step recipe for creating a hit West End musical

11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
10 best tablets

The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

They’re thin, they’re light, you can use them for work on the move or keeping entertained
Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain