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

First Person: 'I am a modern-day witch'

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French Alps: Dome, sweet home

It was remote and freezing, and huskies were her only neighbours, but Jo Kessel found that bedding down in an igloo was an amazing way to spend a night in the Alps

Afternoon Play: Blame the Parents, Radio 4<br/>The 9pm slot, Radio 1

How to get from suburbia to Hell? Just turn left at the enraged teen

Catholic Church holds a candle and a prayer for the internet generation

It may have misgivings about the seedy side of cyberspace, but faced with falling attendances, the Catholic Church is seeking to harness the wonders of the digital age.

Philip Hensher: The war of the Great Scented Candle Divide

When a widely practised social custom is discovered to be bad for you, there will be some shock and resentment. The habit of creating small fires in our own homes, polluting the air we breathe, doesn't sound like an obviously healthy or sensible idea.

Cancer warning over paraffin-based candles

The table is set. Rose petals are scattered. Barry White is playing.

John Hughes saved my (teenage) life

The king of 'brat-pack' comedies died last week. His films were considered lightweight by the critics. Yet for a remarkable number of people they were an unforgettable rite of passage . . .

What&rsquo;s that smell?

A desperate housewife in a damp rental flat, Annie Deakin discovers that room fragrance is not to be sniffed at

First Person: 'I gave birth without any medical help'

Cher Sievey, 28

Virgin Mary seen in tree stump in Limerick

As a place of worship, it’s verging on the bizarre: a tree stump in the grounds of a church in Co Limerick, Ireland, which many believe depicts an image of the Blessed Virgin.

The Sonnets: 21

By William Shakespeare

After Dido, English National Opera/ Young Vic, London

Whichever way you look at it, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas is a flawed operatic gem.

ELVs reveal startling statistics

Some extraordinarily revealing figures about modern day rugby which go a long way to explaining many of the problems in the game will be presented to an IRB conference on the new ELVs in London next week.

Duke Special, Proud Camden, London

Hail an original honky-tonk hero

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How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

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The evolution of Andy Serkis

First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial: Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried

You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial...

Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
Refugee children from Central America let down by Washington's high ideals

Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

Blackest is the new black

Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
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Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
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Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

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