Left, Melanie Smith. Right, the victims (clockwise from top left); Charlie Timbrell, Bailey Allen, Skye Allen, Lee-Anna Shiers, Liam Timbrell

'Drunk and jealous' woman found guilty of family fire murders

A “drunk and jealous” woman has been found guilty of murdering five members of the same family, including three young children, in a blaze following a row about a pram.

Left, Melanie Smith. Right, the victims (clockwise from top left); Charlie Timbrell, Bailey Allen, Skye Allen, Lee-Anna Shiers, Liam Timbrell

'Jealous' woman found guilty of murdering five members of one family in fire

She deliberately set  pushchair alight because she was angry it had been left in shared hallway

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, By David Sedaris

A collection of essays from a masterful humorist that are perfectly judged and nuanced

Lee-Anna Shiers, 20, who was one of the five victims killed in a house fire in Prestatyn, North Wales

Jury considering verdicts over house fire that killed five

A jury has retired to consider its verdicts in the trial of a woman accused of starting a house fire which killed five members of the same family.

Jack proudly balances biscuits on his nose

Meet Jack, the dog with a very balanced diet: perfectly-poised pooch becomes internet hit

In recent years followers of British talent shows have seen more than their fair share of celebrity canines and posing pooches, but it's fair to say that Jack, an Australian cattle dog from San Franscisco, probably takes the biscuit.

I never wished them harm, says woman accused of fire that killed five

A woman accused of starting a fire that killed five members of the same family living above her today told jurors she had never wished any harm on the family.

My Secret Life: Claire Williams, 36, Williams F1 Deputy Team Principal

'I'm no good at reversing cars'

Amanda Knox's memoir 'Waiting to be Heard' will be published in April despite her retrial

The confessions of Amanda Knox: I was reading Harry Potter and smoking marijuana on night Meredith Kercher was murdered

Plenty of people have had their say about the Seattle student. Now, via her new memoir, she wants to tell her side of the story

Margaret Thatcher's daughter Carol thanks well-wishers ahead of funeral

Margaret Thatcher’s daughter Carol has thanked well-wishers for their sympathy and support ahead of her mother’s funeral at St Paul’s Cathedral on Wednesday, saying she was prepared for a “tough and tearful week, even for the daughter of the Iron Lady”.

Americanah, By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This satire of exile, race and ambition sees a strange America through a keen outsider's eyes

Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez expecting a baby

A representative for Halle Berry confirmed that the actress and her fiance, Olivier Martinez, are expecting their first child together.

Sophie Lancaster: the murder that caused a subculture to fight back

Today's announcement by Manchester Police is a small but significant victory for Sylvia Lancaster, the mother who has tirelessly campaigned for a more robust police response to attacks against alternative music fans after her daughter was brutally murdered in 2007.

Suspects in Brazilian gang rape 'had struck a week earlier'

The kidnap and gang rape of an American tourist after boarding a public minibus in Rio de Janeiro has focused attention on crime in the city that will host the World Cup final next year and the Olympics in three years’ time.

Woman stabs boyfriend and throws his fake leg away

An American woman faces charges after allegedly stabbing her boyfriend and throwing his prosthetic legs in the yard so he couldn't pursue her.

Brian Briggs of Stornoway

Stornoway, The Forum, London

Stornoway are a four-piece band from Oxford who, with two extra live players tonight, make uplifting folky-indie - although taking their name from a remote Scottish isle is apt given their evident love nature, of the most wind-swept, moon-lit variety.

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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz