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Rosdeep Kular appeared in an Edinburgh court for the second time today

The Experts: The best beauty products for Valentine's Day

We may have survived the arduous slog that was January, but don't breathe a sigh of relief yet – Valentine's Day is looming.

Bright in winter's depths: why the flawless flower of Candlemas is a joy forever

Our Environment Editor on the enduring beauty of Snowdrops

Metallics are still on trend and brass, copper and gold will add warmth and depth to a neutral scheme. We like this Tom Dixon Void Light. £235, tomdixon.net

Neutral territory

After years of bright design and statement pieces the inside of our homes are about to get a lot more subdued

Will Hoskins is mobbed after scoring for Brighton on Saturday

Newcastle in a battle to avoid Premier League drop, says Alan Pardew

Manager admits his side 'are not too big to go down' following insipid cup defeat to Brighton

A banner on a home in Newtown, Connecticut

'We choose love' - Newtown remembers its dead

At 6.30 pm on a rainy Tuesday night in Newtown, one week before Christmas, hundreds of people stand in the St Rose of Lima parking lot, lined up to attend a wake for one of the 20 children killed last week in the shooting at Sandy Hook School.

Howl great thou art: Douglas Gordon in his Berlin studio

In The Studio: Douglas Gordon, artist

'I've always loved fire. But it does get out of control at times...'

Page 3 Profile: Hans Christian Andersen, writer

Experts have found an undiscovered work?

End of the world?

Are they being a bit premature? Nasa releases Mayan apocalypse video 10 days early

Nasa appears so confident about their prediction that he world will not come to an end that they have released the video early

IoS album review: Rachel Zeffira, The Deserters (Ref records)

Canadian opera soprano Zeffira came to attention through her Cat’s Eyes collaboration with The Horrors’ Faris Badwan.

Mydidae, Soho Theatre, London

The DryWrite company likes to set its authors intriguing challenges. For example, to test the degree to which it is possible to simulate the authentic voice, it once gave a group of dramatists the choice of submitting either a genuine or a comprehensively faked piece of verbatim theatre, with the audience left to guess which were the trustworthy ones. 

Replica Downton Abbey kitchen merchandise (and candelabras!) to go on sale

Mrs Patmore will be so pleased that her pots pans and crockery will be raising standards in households across the world

One Minute With: Jess Richards, novelist

Where are you now and what can you see?

Come fly with me: Make yours a bug’s life with insect-inspired interiors

1. Antique paper insect print

An exhibition at the Louvre displays masterpieces of Islamic art

These 'fanatics' created some of history's finest art

The Louvre's exhibition of Islamic art fills Robert Fisk with wonder

An exhibition at the Louvre displays masterpieces of Islamic art

These 'savages' created some of history's finest art

The Long View: It's true, I suspect, that "cultural" Islam, which includes a lot of Christian artists, is greater than the Islamic religion

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Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

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Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible
Look what's mushrooming now! Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector

Look what's mushrooming now!

Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector
Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

The vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg

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Bill Granger's cracking egg recipes
Terry Venables: Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back

Terry Venables column

Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back
Michael Calvin: Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged, says Michael Calvin