News Demonstrators called upon their comrades to avoid escalating the conflict with the government

Radical anti-government protesters were forced to give up their brief occupation of Ukraine’s Justice Ministry on Monday after fellow opposition groups accused them of jeopardising peace negotiations.

Leading article: Laugh a minute

Did you hear the one about Lembit Opik? The news that the former Liberal Democrat MP is to try his hand as a stand-up comedian will no doubt prompt some to say they thought he always was one.

World Cup Countdown: No Frings to replace Ballack

23 days to go

BP spill blunts drill lobby's demands for offshore fields

Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Californian Governor, has withdrawn backing for an oil-drilling project off his state's coast.

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger no longer backs offshore oil plan

Citing the massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico that threatens several US states, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said on Monday that he no longer will support a plan to expand drilling off California's coast.

Hollywood sign spared from developers

The Hollywood sign has been spared from urban sprawl and will stand unobscured to welcome future actors, writers and Austrian bodybuilders, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said.

Great Works: Running Man (circa 1932), Kasimir Malevich

Musee National d'Art Moderne, Paris

'Stand and Deliver' maths teacher dies, aged 79

Friends, family and former students were yesterday mourning the death of Jaime Escalante, an eccentric maths teacher from East Los Angeles who transformed a troubled inner-city school by teaching advanced algebra to disadvantaged teenagers and inspired the hit film Stand and Deliver.

Evacuees return to California homes covered in mud

Residents evacuated from foothill communities deluged by weekend mudslides north of Los Angeles were allowed to return home yesterday as crews moved debris and cleared catch basins in anticipation of more rain later in the week.

Investment Column: Ignore Wetherspoon's weather worries

Character Group; Oxford Biomedica

Forgotten Authors No.46: Gary Indiana

Some authors are less forgotten than ignored. Gary Indiana is an author whom it is more convenient to overlook. He belongs to a special breed of American urban writers who take cool pleasure in dissecting the lives of the rich and ugly, and is possibly the most jaded chronicler of them all. On a good day, he makes Bret Easton Ellis look like Enid Blyton, yet many, myself included, think he might already have written the Great American Novel(s).

Schwarzenegger in denial about final year

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today will seek to put a fresh spin on a host of familiar money problems facing California as he delivers his final State of the State address.

Copenhagen Sketch: At last, a ray of light amid the gloom – Arnie's in town

He's an action hero in movies and a climate action hero for the globe

Virgin joins 70-mile-high club with launch of spaceship

Guy Adams joins Sir Richard Branson as he unveils world's first commercial rocket

US taxman chases Schwarzenegger over alleged unpaid $80,000 debt

He presides over a state that is billions of dollars in debt and recently began issuing IOU notes to creditors after its coffers ran dry. Now it seems Arnold Schwarzenegger's iffy stewardship of public finances may extend to his private realm.

DVD: Terminator Salvation (12)

Though it may have no more than a few seconds of Arnie (and a digitally reconstructed version, no less), Salvation proves the Terminator franchise is still alive and just about kicking.

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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
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Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
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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
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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