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After that Nazi gaffe at Cannes, Lars von Trier's status as everyone's favourite art-house film director was in doubt. But then, he never set out to be liked...

Objects of desire: Acclaimed antiques dealer Ken Bolan explains why so many people want to buy his house

It's remote in this part of north Somerset and when we moved here 23 years ago the house was almost a ruin. The original 18th-century interior didn't exist, so we had the freedom to build from scratch.

How the power of touch reduces pain and even fights disease

When Jim Coan scanned the brains of married women in pain, he spotted changes that may help to shed light on an age-old mystery. As soon as the women touched the hands of their husbands, there was an instant drop in activity in the areas of the brains involved in fear, danger, and threat. The women, who had been exposed to experimental pain while they were scanned, were calmer and less stressed, and a similar, but smaller, effect was triggered by the touch of strangers.

'Racist' marriage law upheld by Israel

Israel's High Court has narrowly upheld a law denying Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza married to Israeli citizens the right to live in the country with their spouses.

More For Your Money: Denmark Hill, SE5

It's going up in the world

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Today's hand arose in the finals of the Danish Teams Championship. Klaus Adamsen was declarer in Four Spades.

SO FAREWELL CHRISTIAN CHRISTENSEN

CHRISTIAN CHRISTENSEN, the Danish boxer, has died at the age of 78. Known in Denmark as "Gentleman Chris", he beat Scotland's John "Cowboy" McCormick to gain the European middleweight crown in 1962. He lost it three months later to the Hungarian Laszlo Papp.

Hill fires Bristol's revival with rage for perfection

The former England captain talks to Chris Hewett about his side's Premiership potential and today's resumption of an old rivalry in the Powergen Cup at Gloucester

Danish mother takes on New York

ANETTE SORENSEN didn't understand that in America, one has to behave the way Americans do or risk the penalty. Now, Ms Sorensen, a Danish woman, is responding the way any American would: she is suing.

Letter: Tip from Scandinavia

Sir: The question is not about the temperament of different nations but about the social structure in those countries. The Scandinavians consider it demeaning to hand money to people for the work they get paid for, especially as the pay structure is better and more even in those countries.

Film: Of luvvies and lawnmowers

From the inside of John Malkovich's brain to a Belgian trailer park, Kieron Corless looks at the cream of the 43rd London Film Festival

Film: Dogme is dead! Long live song and dance

It transformed the cinematic landscape, but now co-founder Lars von Trier says Dogme 95 is finished. So what's next? A musical with a certain Icelandic chanteuse...

Cancer risk is higher in Britain

THE RISK of dying from lung cancer caused by smoking is up to five times higher for British women than it is for females in the rest of Europe, a leading charity said yesterday.

Secretarial: So you want a pay rise...

Then loosen up. Your body language could be blocking your promotion.
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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’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

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