I want to stay at Everton, vows Heitinga

Everton defender John Heitinga is determined to stay at the club and fight for his first-team place.

Album: Ry Cooder, Election Special (Nonesuch)

With Election Special, Ry Cooder extends the outraged political perspective of last year’s outstanding Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down into election year, with another set of what he called that album’s “simple tools for citizens under siege”.

Terence Blacker: We are not just units of productivity, Mr Pickles

There has been a significant silence over the past two weeks from those who like to nag about productivity. After the Diamond Jubilee, they complained that an extra holiday had made a dent in gross national product. Later, they muttered that bank holidays were not cost-effective, and should be rethought.

Ravel's 'L'heure espagnole'

L'heure espagnole/ L'enfant et les sortilèges, Glyndebourne, East Sussex
Tête à Tête Opera Festival, Riverside Studios, London
The Francis Bacon Opera, Camden Arts Centre, London

Glyndeborne's double bill of Ravel operas captures the composer's delicate touch and ability to combine laughter and pain

Police had earlier sealed off an area around the house

Tia Sharp: Police hold murder suspect after fourth search reveals body

Grandmother's partner is arrested - but questions are raised over why detectives did not make crucial discovery sooner

August 8, 2012: Asgeir Orn Hallgrimsson (L) #6 and Kari Kristjansson #3 of Iceland are dejected following their teams loss to Hungary

Handball: Hungary beat Iceland in epic quarter-final at the Copper Box

Iceland 33 Hungary 34 (after double extra time)

L’heure espagnole, ****; L’enfant et les sortileges *****, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, East Sussex

Ravel’s small, perfectly-formed oeuvre includes just two short operas, but the second, ‘L’enfant et les sortileges’, is a masterpiece.

Team GB's Perri Shakes-Drayton books 400m hurdles semi-finals spot

Londoner Perri Shakes-Drayton tonight powered into the semi-finals of the 400m hurdles, in the Olympic Stadium she can see from the end of her street.

Scorched earth: The River Platte, near Yuta, Nebraska, last week

Heatwave turns America's waterways into rivers of death

Falling water levels are killing fish and harming exports

South Korean fencer Shin Lam refused to leave the piste when she lost to a German opponent after a controversial last-second blow in the epee semi-finals

Fencing: South Korean Shin Lam to take a medal home after all

Sit-down fencer Shin A-lam will be going home with a real Olympic medal after all.

Friday 3, August: Victoria Pendleton of Great Britain celebrates after winning gold in the Women's Keirin Track Cycling final

Victoria Pendleton storms to Keirin gold

Victoria Pendleton claimed Great Britain's third gold medal in two days of competition at the London 2012 Olympic velodrome with a stunning triumph in the Keirin.

Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points against Nigeria

Basketball: USA 'Dream Team' score Olympic record of 156 points against poor Nigeria

An irresistible force met with a very moveable object yesterday and the result was a record-breaking scoring spree for the US men's basketball team over a hapless Nigeria at the Olympic Basketball Arena.

Skinner says: 'When I was a child I wanted to...be a singing cowboy. It was the perfect combo of showbiz and the outdoor life'

Frank Skinner: My baby son is a tough audience

New father Frank Skinner says his baby son is his toughest audience to date.

Frank Skinner: Baby son is a tough audience

New father Frank Skinner says his baby son is his toughest audience to date.

Shin Lam was left distraught during the fencing last night

Fencing: Distraught South Korean Shin Lam sees protest rejected

The technical director of the Olympic fencing tournament has rejected the protest by the South Korean team over the incident which left Shin A Lam heart-broken and in tears during an hour-long wait for a verdict at the ExCeL last night.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003