Red-handed? Russia ‘catches CIA spy on Moscow recruitment mission’

Shaun Walker on the scarcely believable tale of the wig-wearing diplomat expelled from Moscow

You can't park your souped-up story here

Not for the first time, Richard Littlejohn got a bit confused and mixed up "ideas" with "format"

DVD & Blu-ray review: The Long Goodbye (18)

Robert Altman DVD/ Blu-ray (107mins)

At last, I can have a mid-life crisis, cheers former MI5 boss Sir Jonathan Evans, as he speeds off in a Maserati

James Bond may be unafraid of giving up his spurious undercover identities by being seen in some of the world’s fastest cars, but the UK’s former spy chief has only been able to go public with his love for sports cars now that he has retired.

DVD & Blu-ray review: The Expatriate (15)

Philipp Stolzl DVD/ Blu-ray (100mins)

A lot of people have come forward with injuries related to their hearing

Boston bombing injury count reaches 282 as wounded continue to come forward

The US authorities confirmed yesterday that nearly 300 people were injured in the Boston Marathon bombings. The news came on the day the surviving suspect was said to have indicated that he and his dead elder brother had acted alone, not in concert with an international terrorist group, and that they were motivated by US military action in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Home watch: A police Swat team searching Watertown, Boston, on Friday

The Boston bombs roused a monster

An overreaction to the attacks could result in massive, self-important bodies wielding excessive powers and hounding the wrong people

Vehicles will be kept away from the route of the London Marathon

London Marathon to proceed as normal after security review

'Precautionary adjustments' being made to security plans, but no major changes will be implemented

Dead bird found fitted with surveillance camera sparks fears of fowl play at India-Pakistan border

A falcon found dead in India near the country’s highly militarised border with Pakistan has sparked alarm after it was found to be fitted with a small surveillance camera.

An anti drone protest in New York City last week

US drones target low-level militants who pose no threat

Top secret documents show that half of those killed in a year were 'unknown extremists'

They Might Be Giants, Nanobots (Lojinx)

Album review: They Might Be Giants, Nanobots (Lojinx)

Over three decades as They Might Be Giants, the Brooklyn duo of John Flansburgh and John Linnell have developed into a sort of post-modern Flanders & Swann, crafting sharp, witty and entertaining little satires on contemporary mores, set to a dizzying range of styles chosen for humorous emphasis.

Gerard Butler at the Olympus Has Fallen premiere

Gerard Butler: My new film Olympus Has Fallen would be boring if it was set in Downing Street

Gerard Butler tonight joked he did not think his new action film would have been as exciting set in Downing Street.

Review: Wolfhound Century, By Peter Higgins

A detective on the side of the angels

Barack Obama shakes hands with US Secret Service agent Julia Pierson after she is sworn in as the first woman Director of the Secret Service

US President Barack Obama appoints first female chief of Secret Service

The agency was damaged by the Cartagena scandal, when agents had availed of prostitutes

Constant writer: John le Carré’s 23rd novel is out in April

Heads Up: A Delicate Truth

From Cold War to counter terrorism, the thrills go on

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there