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Danish cartoonist attacker is jailed

A Somali man convicted of terrorism for breaking into the home of a Danish cartoonist who had caricatured the Prophet Muhammad has been jailed for nine years.

Live-in helper was 'Jihad Jane' terrorist

A US woman who was the live-in caretaker for her boyfriend's elderly father, told a judge that she had worked secretly online under the name Jihad Jane to support Islamic terrorists and had moved overseas to further her plan to kill a Swedish artist who had offended Muslims.

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John Gross

Further to yesterday’s obituary of John Gross, as well as being formidably well read, John was also intensely clubbable, writes Rhoda Koenig.

Leading article: Ed Balls is Labour's accidental gain

Ed Miliband is a lucky politician. At some minor cost to his personal authority, he has accidentally managed to strengthen Labour's collective leadership.

Denmark: Axe man 'tried to scare cartoonist'

A Somali man who axed his way into the home of a Danish cartoonist said yesterday he only wanted to scare Kurt Westergaard for a caricature of the Prophet Mohamed.

'Le Batman Francais' finds a formidable foe in right-wing America

Holy baguettes, Batman. Your brand-new French lieutenant – aka "le Batman Francais" – is already in trouble. This must be a job for the caped crusader, or maybe the crusader with a képé.

DVD: Scott Pilgrim vs The World (12)

If I told you Scott Pilgrim was a romantic action-comedy, based on a comic book and littered with indie rock and video games references, you probably wouldn't buy it.

Popular culture goes back to the Thirties

Suddenly, austerity – and its twin, nostalgia – are breaking out all over

Nick Bolton: Perpetual motion for OMG chief

Heading up this Oxford-based technology group, he has seen its reach extend beyond films and games

Zuma sues paper over cartoon

The President of South Africa Jacob Zuma is suing a media group over a two-year-old political cartoon depicting him in a sexually suggestive scene with a figure representing "Lady Justice".

Palle Huld: Actor whose round-the-world journey was the inspiration for ‘Tintin’

As demonstrated again in the recently broadcast Arte television series, Sur Les Traces De Tintin – Following In Tintin's Footsteps – Hergé drew on a myriad sources to create the iconic globe-trotting reporter whose adventures have enchanted readers of all ages for eight decades now. However, the Belgian cartoonist, who used a pseudonym based onthe initials of his real name Georges Remi, led interviewers a merry dance when quizzed about the inspiration for his character, with claims of "Tintin, c'est moi", and honourable mentions for his younger brother Paul as well as a student friend with a propensity for plus fours.

Leading article: We must hold fast to our values in the face of terror

The investigation into the attempted terror attack in Stockholm at the weekend is still in its early stages, but there are some tentative conclusions that can be drawn. The first is that the attack was incompetent. The car bomb had similarities with previous failed attempted attacks in New York, Glasgow and London. And the individual found dead in the area had been carrying an explosive device, which would seem to suggest that this was the bomber himself.

Screen Talk: In the Spider's web

Not a shot has been filmed and yet the hype, anticipation and sheer volume of work being generated in Hollywood for Columbia's new Spider-Man movie is already off the scale.

Tintin and the figure of mysterious inspiration

Hergé's comic-book hero is about to enthral a new generation in a Spielberg film. But who was he modelled on? Tony Paterson reports
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