Arts and Entertainment Pregnant actress Halle Berry with Olivier Martinez

The 47-year-old has given birth to a baby boy

Wild Child, By T C Boyle

Stories of potency, fire and lucidity

Baseball: McGwire closes book on an era of shame

America comes to terms with spectre of steroids after slugger icon admits drug use

Yankees hail World Series success

Hideki Matsui called it "the best moment of my life" and Alex Rodriguez savoured a joyous end to a year which began badly for him as the New York Yankees won the World Series.

Baseball: Utley's heroics keep Phillies' hopes alive

Chase Utley hit two home runs to raise his baseball world series total to a record-tying five as Philadelphia beat the New York Yankees 8-6 today to set up a game six for the first time since 2003.

Baseball: Big hits are guaranteed in battle of the sluggers

Two blistering line-ups of home-run all-stars and the greatest pitchers in the game – the Yankees v Phillies showdown promises to be a classic World Series

The Forsaken, By Tim Tzouliadis

Impelled by reasons ranging from unemployment to the blinkered cajoling of GBS, thousands of Americans left for Stalin's Russia.

Guy Adams: Jackson case fuels healthcare debate

LA Notebook

It's PC gone mad! How did taking offence become a national obsession?

I'm sorry. I'm very sorry, but I don't accept those bankers' apologies. I found them offensive. A preening pack of middle-aged white men in suits, parroting the instructions of their PR advisers. Utterly insincere. An apology was not enough. A heart attack would have been better. One each. Or a stroke, just like the new NHS advertisements: face droops, arms fall limply by the side, meaningless drivel issues from the mouth, and their head catches fire.

Baseball: Lidge ends Phillies' long wait for World Series glory

Half a million fans are expected to jam the streets of downtown Philadelphia today in celebration of the Phillies' first World Series title since 1980, and the first major league championship in any sport by a city team in a quarter of a century.

Baseball: Philadelphia capture World Series

The Philadelphia Phillies have won the World Series after beating the Tampa Bay Rays in last night's rain-delayed Game Five.

Baseball: Doormat Rays go up in the world

Since their inception Tampa Bay have been baseball's big joke; but not any more. Rupert Cornwell describes a remarkable awakening

Donald to miss Ryder Cup after wrist surgery

Luke Donald has undergone wrist surgery and, like Tiger Woods, is out of next month's Ryder Cup and all golf for the rest of the season.

DeGale force gets Britain off to a flier

With a good-luck telephone message from his departed teammate Frankie Gavin ringing in his ears, middleweight James DeGale got Britain's boxers off to a winning start at the Workers' Indoor Arena in Beijing yesterday, coming from behind to beat Egypt's Mohamed Hikal. "This one was for Frankie," he said. "His loss to us is devastating and it meant everything for the team for me to win."

Nelly - It's called adult entertainment

Hip-hop bad boy Nelly has embraced the motto 'sex sells'. Matilda Egere-Cooper asks him why

Geoffrey Lean: How long can Darling run on empty promises?

By promising the 'greenest Budget ever', and then failing dramatically to deliver, the Chancellor has merely echoed his master's voice. It's time for No 11 to find its green bottle, before environmental taxation no longer captures the public imagination
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In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

Robert Fisk on our crisis with Iran
The young are the new poor: A third of young people pushed into poverty

The young are the new poor

Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty
Greens on the march: ‘We could be on the edge of something very big’

Greens on the march

‘We could be on the edge of something very big’
Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby - through the stories of his accusers

Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby

Through the stories of his accusers
Why are words like 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?

The Meaning of Mongol

Why are the words 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?
Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible