Get me out of here: York, Mexico, Monarch flights

Now... Starting today, until 28 March, Visit York has a promotion with a range of hotels offering a free dinner for guests booking a two-night stay. At 17th-century Middlethorpe Hall & Spa, the price for two nights including breakfast and a candelit dinner is £398. visityork.org

British kickboxer faces death penalty in Thailand

A British kickboxer could face the death penalty in Thailand after being charged with murdering an American soldier at a popular holiday resort.

Free travel on London Midland route

The Government is forcing Go Ahead to give thousands of passengers on its London Midland route £7m worth of free tickets after the rail operator cancelled hundreds of services.

Six siblings died in the fire

Derby fire deaths: Mick and Mairead Philpott deny new manslaughter as murder charges are dropped

A couple accused of killing their six children in a house fire have denied charges of manslaughter.

Man opens fire in US hospital and is shot dead by police

A man opened fire in a hospital in Alabama, US, wounding a police officer and two employees before he was shot dead by police.

Civil disobedience in middle England

When lap-dancing clubs or high-speed trains upset the natural order, residents take matters into their own hands
Kim Bailey: The trainer regards Harry Topper as ‘the best I’ve had since Master Oats

Harry looks destined for top of the chasing class

For those dispirited by the way so many big jump races are nowadays carved up between the same few stables, here was a look back to the future. Lest we forget, Kim Bailey himself once won the Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle at the same Festival, with Master Oats and Alderbrook respectively in 1995, and until this year he remained unique among current trainers in having also won a Grand National. Even in his pomp, however, he never pretended to invulnerability – and the engaging human qualities that leavened his undoubted hunger have been sadly missed from the elite scene for more than a decade.

Nadine Dorries in Twitter row with Birmingham MP after comparing his open heart surgery to her stint on I'm A Celebrity...

When Nadine Dorries decided to abandon her constituents and enter the jungle with other 'celebs', many weren't too amused. Now the controversial MP has compared her time away to having heart surgery.

Cities in spat over Christmas markets

Their city councils may need to make combined cuts of hundreds of millions of pounds, but the battle cries coming from Birmingham and Manchester yesterday suggest their Christmas markets are safe.

Alec Bell, 66, Philosophy: “There is a gap between the generations now and adult education seems to have ceased to exist. I will be teaching philosophy from January. I will initially offer two-hour introductory lessons related to the basics: how we feel about life, and things like that.”

Meet the Amazings! Keeping knowledge alive

Older people with special skills are teaching the younger generation via an online marketplace

Championship preview: Clarets can collect at the KC

The KC Stadium has been a happy hunting ground for Burnley in recent years and we're backing the Lanchashire side to plunder maximum points at the far end of the M62 once again. Take some of the 11/4 available on Burnley (draw no bet).

The Jackson Family, Janet Jackson, Randy Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jermaine Jackson and Marlon Jackson

Jacksons to embark on reunion tour next year

The Jacksons are to bring their reunion tour to the UK with five newly-announced dates next year.

Birmingham acting chairman Peter Pannu rejects takeover rumours

Birmingham acting chairman Peter Pannu has poured cold water on claims from Gianni Paladini that a takeover deal could be agreed within the next 10 days.

Mother to sue NHS over baby’s death

The mother of a baby girl who died after serious failures by hospital staff is to sue the NHS over her daughter’s “preventable and predictable” death.

Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne

Richard Dunne eyes return to Aston Villa training following second operation

Aston Villa central defender Richard Dunne has set his sights on a return to training in two weeks after undergoing a second operation on his long-term groin problem.

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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