Life and Style According to the hospital's union secretary, the A&E department resembled a 'M.A.S.H. unit' on Wednesday

Patients were left on trolleys outside the toilets and staff were reduced to tears, according to reports

Robert Fisk's World: Everyone wants to be an author, but no one is reading books

Our dependency on computers is destroying our ability to ‘deep read’

Britain re-establishing contact with Hezbollah

Britain's government says it's re-establishing contact with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

Album: Beirut, March Of The Zapotec (Pompeii)

The Independent's chief rock critic gives an exclusive preview of this month’s releases

Mechanical Bride, The Slaughtered Lamb, London

Among this season's musical micro-trends is the kooky young female singer-songwriter: a scene in search of the next Bat for Lashes. Lykke Li and Florence and the Machine are fine examples, and I recently saw The Mummers, aka Raissa Khan-Panni and friends, play a brief but promising showcase for their upcoming mini-album, Tale to Tell (Part One), presenting a repertoire that owes much to Björk and, hmmm... Judy Garland?

John McCarthy: 'Labelling people as terrorists is utterly pointless'

It's 15 years since John McCarthy was released by his Hizbollah captors. Kim Sengupta discovers how he found 'a pretty ordinary life'

Robert Fisk: The Middle East never tires of threats

Governments love warnings, hence the endless waffle about the 'war on terror'

Caramel (PG)

Life and loves, tears and laughter around a beauty salon in Beirut – in short, Steel Magnolias, Lebanese-style.

Fighting moves outside Beirut

Lebanon hung between fears of all-out war and hopes of political compromise yesterday even as government supporters and opponents battled with rockets and machine guns in the mountains overlooking the capital.

Robert Fisk: Lebanon does not want another war. Does it?

Despite everything that has happened in the past few days, the people have no appetite for yet more civil conflict

Hizbollah fighters impose control on Beirut

Lebanon's Iranian-backed Hizbollah took control of the Muslim part of Beirut today, tightening its grip on the city in a major blow to the US-backed government.

Robert Fisk: Gun battles as Hizbollah claims Lebanon is at war

If you want to fight us, you'll have to fight us. This was Sayed Hassan Nasrallah's message to the Lebanese government yesterday and his words were followed within seconds by two massive gun battles in the streets of Beirut.

Chris de Burgh: Big in Beirut

In their darkest days of civil war, the people of Lebanon took comfort from Chris de Burgh. Now he's making music with a local star.

Selected Writings, by Mai Ghoussoub

Perfect guide to the strange, often absurd world where East collides with West

Broadcast 2000, Lock Tavern

It’s not often you get to witness an artist’s first ever gig. Tucked away at the top of the Lock Tavern, the very moment musician Joe Steer, aka Broadcast 2000, begins his beguiling acoustic set, if you close your eyes you are transported into a vast open space in summertime.

Robert Fisk: Dreams of becoming Hitchcock's hero

When I was at university, I wrote to every journalist known to me for advice. Should I return to my old job on the Newcastle Evening Chronicle or try for Fleet Street? How could I become a foreign correspondent like Huntley Haverstock, the hero of Hitchcock's wartime movie of the same name who filed a scoop after crashing into the Atlantic? Should I really be studying Latin and Roman history if I wanted to be an intrepid warrior for truth among the guns?

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Woman who was sent to three Nazi death camps describes how she escaped the gas chamber

Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary

Woman sent to three Nazi death camps describes surviving gas chamber
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

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Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

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Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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The enemy within

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

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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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

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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