News Demonstrators hold placards with pictures of Al-Jazeera journalist Abdullah Al Shami who - along with cameraman Mohammed Badr - remains in custody in Egypt, during a protest outside Egypt's embassy in London last November

Two Britons are among a group of 20 journalists working for Al-Jazeera facing criminal trial in Egypt on charges of aiding or joining a terrorist organisation – the latest press crackdown in a country which is facing growing instability.

Huge ice age river carved the English Channel

Prehistoric Fleuve Manche cut through land bridge to Europe, say scientists

Fancy a short break? Hop over the Channel

It needn't cost an arm and a leg to go abroad. Stephen Emms took the ferry to Boulogne

Victory declared in Great Butterfly Hunt

It has taken five months, but now The Independent has achieved its aim of spotting every one of Britain's 58 species in a single summer.

Quadriplegic sailor finally rounds Britain's coastline

More than 14 months after setting out on a voyage that many believed would kill her, the quadriplegic sailor Hilary Lister last night completed her circumnavigation of Britain.

BBC stars face 'sizeable pay cuts'

The Controller of BBC1 Jay Hunt, will widen the appeal of her channel, while taking a tough line with her star presenters, she tells Ian Burrell

Take your seats, the hippos are about to arrive

A new camp on the Okavango Delta is just the spot for wildlife watching, writes Adrian Mourby

Strictly no dancing on a channel that’s serious about scientists

Janice Hadlow, BBC2 controller, tells Ian Burrell why science and female brains are the key to a home for the thinking viewer

Eddie Jones: No reason to panic after trio cross channel

Calling the shots

What's in a name? In TV, quite a lot

UKTV has put painstaking effort into rebranding its channels. Ian Burrell finds out why

Duncan rules out Four deal with Channel Five

Channel 4 has rejected the idea of a merger with Five as it seeks to plug its funding gap, saying the move makes "no sense whatsoever" and compared it to "penguins crowding together for safety on a rapidly melting ice floe".

Persian TV channel launches, despite opposition

The BBC launched its Persian-language television channel today, despite it being described by an Iranian minister as contrary to his country's "security".

Charity emergency fund to help Channel islanders

A charity in Guernsey has set up an emergency fund to help fellow Channel islanders who lost their jobs when the billionaire Barclay brothers closed down their operations on Sark in protest at the result of elections there this week.

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Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

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If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
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The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

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The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried