Face transplant patient reveals his new look

The recipient of the first facial transplant in the United States made his public debut yesterday, saying he will go home to Texas soon to be with his young daughter who told him his new face was handsome.

The Last Picture Show (15)

Starring: Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Ellen Burstyn

Bruising political spat cools Justin Bieber's fever for Israel

Israeli teenagers were delighted when singing sensation and heartthrob Justin Bieber arrived in Tel Aviv on Sunday ahead of a concert last night for 25,000 fans.

Texas uses new drug for execution

The Supreme Court has blocked the first scheduled execution of an inmate in Texas using pentobarbital.

Bank customers at risk after details are hacked

Customers of many of the world's biggest banks and numerous other companies are being warned to expect fake emails trying to lure them to part with their log-in details, after what could be one of the biggest data breaches of the internet era.

Nelson needn't sing in court, says judge

The suggestion that the country singer Willie Nelson would have to sing in court to avoid being jailed on a drug charge was just a joke that got out of hand, a Texas judge has said.

Full face transplant for man disfigured in power line accident

A construction worker badly disfigured in a power line accident two years ago has received the United States' first full face transplant.

Josh T Pearson, The Slaughtered Lamb, London

Josh T Pearson has had his time in the wilderness. Ten years ago his band Lift to Experience released their only album, The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads, a seriously meant work about the apocalypse and humanity's last stand in the band's home state, Texas. The terrorist massacres of 11 September that year seemed part of its portents to Pearson. And when this mutton-chopped and bearded trio played, they did so with the heavy, wracked power of a possessed U2. But the band members' lives seemed cursed, and Pearson threw the stardom that loomed away as if it was a snake. He has since wandered Texas, Paris and Berlin. This son of a Southern preacher, who once spoke in tongues, offered lonely glimpses of heaven and hell at rare solo gigs. Albums of songs were discarded as a devoted cult grew. A new LP, Last of the Country Gentlemen, is, to amazement, released next month.

Texas scholarships offered for 'white men only'

Members of a new Texas association are starting a college scholarship program for a group of students they say do not have as many options as others – white men.

Video: Massive fire at chemical plant

Firefighters have been tackling a huge blaze at a chemical plant near Houston in Texas.

American Football: Penny drops as Big Ben finally grows up

After sex assault allegations and a horror motorbike crash, the Steelers quarterback lines up in tonight's Super Bowl as a 'changed man'

American Football: Under-age sex trade booming at Super Bowl

Thousands of young girls are trafficked by pimps cashing in on the biggest sports event in the US

Leading article: Exodus from a neglected American city

The latest census data about New Orleans confirm what has long been known, that the post-Katrina city is whiter – and therefore richer – but, above all, much smaller than before the storm. The population as recorded by the previous census in 2000 was more than 484,000.

Eunice G Sanborn

Eunice G Sanborn was a Texas woman who was cited as the world's oldest person. She died on 31 January at her home in Jacksonville, Texas at the age of 114. Sanborn was born in July 1896 in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and moved to Texas in 1937. She outlived three husbands and a daughter, who died in 1996.

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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform