Independent Plus People of Liberty party (PDL) leader Silvio Berlusconi

Conviction for the former Italian prime minister’s long-time associate adds to mounting troubles

Football: Magilton's fine finale

Southampton 3

Berkovitch's class steadies the Saints

Stephen Brenkley

Berlusconi colleague on Mafia charge

One of Silvio Berlusconi's closest associates and parliamentary colleagues, Marcello Dell'Utri, was formally accused of criminal collusion with the Sicilian mafia as prosecutors in Palermo deposited more than 500 pages of evidence against him.

Dodd opens door

Southampton 3 Dodd 38, Le Tissier pen 53, Shipperley 89 Sunderland 0 Attendance: 15,225

Portable powerhouses

Nick Edmunds reviews the latest notebooks to top the league in PC Magazine

Price dip behind EVC loss

EVC International, the biggest maker of PVC in Europe, has crashed into the red and warned its problems are far from over. The company, which is part-owned by ICI and Enichem of Italy, floated on the Amsterdam stock exchange in 1994. It said yesterday that a slump in prices for plastics was principally behind a 7.8m guilders (pounds 3m) first-half loss compared with a 152.7m guilders profit in the same period last year.

Not so easy listening on Radio 2

Amid the storms at its sibling stations, Radio 2 has sailed on magnificently in calm waters. Until now...

TAMING THE DELL

PART 1: BODNANT, NORTH WALES

Football: Coventry arrive at critical point

The past week has not seen the best days in the life of Ron Atkinson - and Southampton plan to make it even tougher for the beleaguered Coventry City manager at The Dell tonight.

Magilton in control

Southampton 2 (Watson 46, Magilton 77) Everton 2 (Stuart 52, Ho rne 56 )Attendance: 15,136

Le Tissier ensures bells toll for Pompey

Southampton 3 Portsmouth 0

Le Tissier's missing link

England continue to suffer an absence of inspiration while Wednesday's opponents have recovered from a traumatic time; Ian Ridley says home hopes rest on a change for Southampton's artist

OBITUARY: Alan Dell

"I try to forget the mike," Alan Dell said. "It's just something that's there." Most times in his broadcasts Dell sounded as if he had swallowed the mike, for his technique was to get as close to it as possible and then to speak quietly, giving his voice a resonance that would not be there when he spoke normally.

Inequality still a problem for Ms Britain

Women in the Nineties: Study points to disadvantaged position, despite advances over the past two deacdes. Mary Braid reports

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

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This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee