Sport Monty Panesar bowls in the nets at Adelaide as Alastair Cook looks on

Monty Panesar was initially dropped by England in strange circumstances. Looking back nearly five years it was as though he was squarely to blame for the beach which doubled as a cricket pitch at the Sir Viv Richards Recreation Ground in Antigua.

Celebrating 1,000 days to go until the London 2012 Paralymic Games!

The countdown is on: the London 2012 Paralympic Games kicks off 1,000 days from now with an Opening Ceremony to remember. Fittingly, today is also International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), a worldwide celebration recognising the contributions and achievements of people with disabilities, so when better to look forward to the next Paralympic Games?

Dollar boost for British travellers

British travellers are being boosted by the strengthening pound which is making dollar destinations much more attractive, it was revealed today.

Our man in Montego Bay found murdered

British diplomat is latest victim of gangland-style killing in Jamaica

Travel challenge: A winter Caribbean cruise for two people

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specified holiday. Today: a winter Caribbean cruise. Prices are for two people travelling together and include flights from Heathrow, all fees and taxes, tips, shore excursions and on-board entertainment...

Ex-head who took expenses holiday struck off

A former head teacher who took a Caribbean holiday on expenses was struck off the teaching register for five years today.

Cycling: Olympic duo abandon record attempt

Injury ends Land's End to John O'Groats record bid of Cracknell and Romero

Prior leads England's dominance

Defeat at Lord's is not something Australia are accustomed to. The last time it happened was 1934, but unless Ricky Ponting's side can produce heroics in the last two days of the Second Test, that will be their fate.

England head for match-winning lead in second Ashes test

Matt Prior signalled England's determination to learn from their mistakes by leading a ruthless drive towards a match-winning lead in the second Ashes Test.

Travel by numbers: Puerto Rico

From lush rainforest to Caribbean rum, John Sannaee counts the ways to enjoy an island that's back on the travel map

The joy of sledging

Wives, mothers, children – when a war of words breaks out, nothing is off-limits. Chris McGrath relives the history of verbal duels without which an Ashes summer really wouldn't be cricket

Stanford's lawyers reveal his depression and alcohol abuse

Nine months ago, he was interviewed on business television saying, "yes, it is fun being a billionaire". Yesterday, dressed in an orange jumpsuit and with his hands manacled in front of him, Allen Stanford had something different to say: "Not guilty, your honour."

Stanford pleads not guilty in fraud case

After spending a week in jail, Texas financier Allen Stanford pleaded not guilty on Thursday to 21 criminal charges that he ran a $7 billion Ponzi scheme.

Lufthansa set to take control of BMI

Germany's flagship airline Lufthansa was today set to take control of a UK carrier for the first time after agreeing to buy a majority stake in British Midland in a deal costing £223 million.

Former cricket mogul Stanford to appear in court

Texas billionaire Allen Stanford, chairman of the troubled Stanford Financial Group, is to appear in court today on fraud charges after surrendering to FBI agents, officials said.

Duo to stand trial over honeymoon murders

The two men charged with the murders of British honeymooners Ben and Catherine Mullany in Antigua will stand trial over the killings, a judge ruled yesterday.

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project