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Schoolteacher William Buchman was arrested after officers found over 300 living and dead snakes inside his property

Man, 37, arrested after pensioner is found dead

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of murdering a pensioner at her seafront flat in Southampton.

Peep, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Peep has the dubious draw of being the only show on the Fringe where the audience can spy on the actors entirely unseen by them.

Hans Rausing and his late wife Eva (pictured) both battled drug addictions for many years

Tetra Pak heir arrested on suspicion of murdering wife

Hans Kristian Rausing in hospital and still not fit to be questioned by police over death

Five-Minute Memoir: Leaf Fielding on maternal longings and running away from home

Mummy's Saturday treat was breakfast in bed. After we'd eaten, my big brother Roger and I went upstairs to bring down her empty tray. "Can we come back up to read, Mummy?" I asked.

3 bedroom property for sale, £525,000, in Fish Street, Redbourn, St Albans, Hertfordshire

Rural living tops dream home most-wanted list

A three bedroom semi-detached house in a village with a big kitchen and room for chickens is the most popular ideal property

Diane Arbus, a lookalike and a day at Madame Tussauds

In 1969 the American photographer Diane Arbus took some rare photos of the British Royal Family. Or rather not of the real thing, but of waxwork versions of them. The pictures, taken when Arbus visited Madame Tussauds after hours, will go on show in London for the first time next week.

Last night's viewing: All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry, Channel 4; True Love, BBC1

"Do you cry a more vintage kind of tears at Glyndebourne?" Grayson Perry asked in the first of his lovely series All in the Best Possible Taste. He was in a Northern club at the time, having just watched a particularly tear-jerking performance by a local singer, and the answer his question was inviting was "No".

Man stabbed with his own samurai sword after trying to scare off intruders

A man who tried to scare off intruders by waving a samurai sword was stabbed with his own weapon.

Ensar Gol jailed for 36 years for double murder

A man who stabbed his wife and mother-in-law to death in a "senseless slaughter" has been jailed for life.

Amy Winehouse's former home

Amy Winehouse's former home put up for sale by 'regretful' father Mitch

Amy Winehouse's father has said he decided to put his late daughter's home up for sale "with regret".

Original feature: Every room at The Bell in Ticehurst, has a silver birch tree trunk in it

Summer 2012: Close to home

The best of British is on offer on a Champagne, Bucket & Spade Break at Hawke's Point (01726 884072; hawkes-point.co.uk) in St Ives, Cornwall.

Man 'choked girlfriend in self-defence'

A wealthy jeweller's son accused of murdering his girlfriend in a jealous rage told a jury yesterday that he did not strangle her but merely defended himself after she repeatedly attacked him.

The crucial question is 'are you happy?'

Want to be alone? Well, you're in luck

In the online age, conversation is about quality, not quantity, argues Rhodri Marsden

The crucial question is 'are you happy?'

Trending: Want to be alone? You’re in luck

In the age of self-serve and online, many of us spend days without speaking to anyone. Does it matter? Rhodri Marsden argues that with conversation, it's all about quality, not quantity

Conor Maynard’s debut single, ‘Can’t Say No’ hit the charts at No 2, displacing ‘Boyfriend’ by Justin Bieber

Conor Maynard: Britain's Justin Bieber? The YouTube star outselling a rival teen idol

You may never have heard of Conor Maynard, but his 'Mayniacs' have. Adam Sherwin on the singer hitting the big time – from his bedroom

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there