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French Sole is celebrating 25 years with its first non-London store – it’s time to slip in to spring, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Theatre review: Farragut North, Southwark Playhouse, London

With his male-model good looks and sparkly smile, Max Irons (the womanising King Edward in the TV adaptation of The White Lady) is natural casting as a golden boy. In this UK premiere of Beau Willimon's 2008 play about dirty tricks on the campaign trail, he portrays Stephen Bellamy, the fast-rising charmer who, at 25, is already the press secretary to one of the candidates for the Democratic Party's Presidential nomination.

Robin van Persie scores from the penalty spot against Crystal Palace on Saturday

Robin van Persie reveals he wants to extend his contract with Manchester United and is targeting at least 'two or three trophies this season'

Former Arsenal striker keen to extend contract that has three years left to run

Police chiefs are working towards having a new nationwide system in place before 2014

Police to create UK-wide missing persons register after IoS campaign

New database aims to offer runaways more protection

Steven Gerrard in training on Friday

Crazed fan threatens to 'kill' Steven Gerrard and his children in vile confrontation at Liverpool training ground

England captain was the subject of a sickening tirade of insults and threats while he trained with team-mate Philippe Coutinho

<b>Martin O'Neill</b><br/> The 61-year-old is the bookies favourite with odds as short as 5-6, and is available after being sacked by Sunderland in March after a disastrous run of eight matches without victory. Reports that he was contacted by the FAI before Tuesday’s 1-0 loss in Austria have been dismissed.

Indyplus gallery: Who will replace Giovanni Trapattoni?

We take a look at the contenders to fill the hotseat at the Republic of Ireland

Premier League announce record season ticket sales

Junior tickets sales in particular saw a marked rise

Lote Tuqiri now plays league for Wests Tigers

Lote Tuqiri set for Leinster stint

Tuqiri returns to rugby union after a previous seven year stint

Ex-smokers gain a week each month

Smokers who quit could gain an extra seven days of life for every 28 days they abstain from tobacco, according to a government campaign.

Ex-smokers gain a week each month

Smokers who quit could gain an extra seven days of life for every 28 days they abstain from tobacco, according to a government campaign.

Rob Marchant: Revamping Labour's union ties could help Ed Miliband

Some activists see Blairite diehards trying to ‘break the link’ – but this is at best paranoid

Pointing four-ward: Jarrod Sammut ran in a quartet of tries for the Bull

Bradford Bulls 58 Huddersfield Giants 6 match report: Jarrod Sammut for nothing as Huddersfield rest stars

Bradford ended a forgettable season with some minor consolation as the Giants kept their powder dry for next weekend by fielding a young, experimental line-up that was not quite up to the job.

'Merkel app' in use on smartphone in Berlin

Angela Merkel launches augmented reality app as part of election campaign

Cutting edge ‘Merkel app’ launched to target smartphone users before 22 September vote

A shopper browses a Toys R Us store

Toys R Us to stop marketing its toys by gender in wake of sexism claims

Toys R Us today bowed to anti-sexist marketing demands and pledged to drop gender labelling for its products.

A gallery employee places a photograph of Kate Moss taken for Calvin Klein Obsession campaign in 1993 by US photographer Mario Sorrenti, during a press view of an auction of a selection of works featuring her at Christie's auction house in London

Indyplus gallery: Christie's auction works featuring Kate Moss

Works of art featuring the model Kate Moss have gone up for auction at Christie's in London.

MPs have been accused of limiting freedom of expression and 'gagging' charities and campaigners with a controversial new bill

Lobbying Bill threatens freedom of speech, warns electoral body

The Bill cuts the amount groups can spend before elections from £989,000 to £390,000

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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