Arts and Entertainment Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon singing 'The Sound of Silence'

'The voice is back', the singer said in a statement

Ex-MP Frank Cook dies aged 76

Former Labour MP Frank Cook, who spent 27 years in the House of Commons, has died at the age of 76.

Metal theft pilot scheme 'will cost jobs'

Metal theft from churches hit a record high last year as scrapyards warned that pilot regulation threatens to put them out of business and push illegal activity elsewhere.

Alaska volcano emits plume of ash

A volcano on Alaska's Aleutian Islands sent up an ash cloud today which prompted scientists to increase the alert level for commercial air traffic.

12 charged over Amish race hate crimes

Twelve members of a breakaway Amish group have been charged with hate crimes following beard-cutting attacks on fellow sect members in eastern Ohio.

Police 'blockade' village protesting against brutality and land grabs

Job seekers looking for work at a new casino in the United States are facing uneviable odds after 16,000 applicants applied for just 750 jobs.

Forces hunt man over OAP murder

Three police forces are hunting a serial sex attacker in connection with the murder of a pensioner battered to death in her own home.

US serial killer sentenced to death

A serial killer has been sentenced to die for murdering 11 women and dumping their bodies around his property.

Corruption arrest officers bailed

A chief constable and his deputy arrested over corruption claims were today released on bail.

Two policemen arrested in fraud inquiry

One of Britain's top policemen and his deputy were arrested yesterday as part of an investigation into corruption and fraud.

Cleveland police pair suspended after arrests

The Chief Constable of Cleveland and his deputy were today suspended from their posts after being arrested by detectives investigating allegations of misconduct, abuse of position and corrupt practice.

On Canaan's Side, By Sebastian Barry

At the close of this novel Lilly Bere, an 89-year-old Irish-American, sits alone in her little house on Long Island after the suicide of her soldier grandson, Bill. He has come back, traumatised, from the first Gulf War. Lilly thinks back to a Dublin childhood. Her family then – two sisters, brother and policeman father - feel closer than the growling storms of the Hamptons shore outside. "There is never a day goes by that we don't drink a strange cup of tea together, in some peculiar parlour-room at the back of my mind."

Police puzzled by injured backpacker

A British backpacker was in a critical condition in an Australian hospital last night after he was found mysteriously lying in the middle of a street with a fractured skull, broken ribs and internal bleeding.

Lend Me a Tenor, Gielgud Theatre, London

I loved Ken Ludwig's operatic backstage farce when it was produced on this same stage (then the Globe) 25 years ago; and I love this new musical comedy adaptation – by unknown Americans Peter Sham (book and lyrics) and Brad Carroll (music) – even more.

Warning after three found unconscious in street

Police have a issued a warning after officers said they believed three people found unconscious outside a pub had taken a dangerous chemical.

Blockbusters of cinema's arthouse

A Chicago property developer amassed the world's biggest movie poster collection. And now it's up for sale. Rob Hastings hears why
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