Book of a lifetime: Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans, By Louis Armstrong

My parents loved the blues and early jazz, and I grew up to the sounds of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Leadbelly and Fats Waller.

The God Argument, By AC Grayling

Virtuous atheists may live well and do good – but can they give hope to the hopeless cases?

Andrea Pirlo and his Juventus team-mates celebrate during their victory over Celtic in the Champions League

The collective of Juventus might dare to dream of Champions League glory

The Italian side eased to victory over Celtic to advance to the quarter-finals

Fifa criticised over investigations into 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids

Russia and Qatar will hold the two tournaments

“Is my friend a rapist?” asks South African journalist, McKaisar following allegations against Wa Mamatu

The South African newspaper The Star has today published a compelling piece by Eusebius McKaiser which insightfully captures the complicated emotions experienced when a friend is accused of a sex crime.

Get religious groups on board with Work Programme, think tank urges

The Government should get religious groups more involved in the struggling Work Programme, a leading think tank has urged, with backing from the shadow employment minister.

Air Cadets allowed a secular pledge of allegiance

Air Cadets will no longer be forced to swear a religious oath.

Beyoncé's back - and her GQ interview is equal parts impressive and spooky

Beyoncé fans, assume the position - the next month or two sees the Queen of Pop's return from motherhood to mega-primetime. In preparation, she's been speaking to GQ. And - drumroll - the takeaway here, at least according to Gawker, is... "Beyonce is Fucking Crazy and Exactly as You Imagine Her".

Free-range eggs: Sales of eggs from hens allowed to roam rose again, from £497m to £526m in 2011.

Organic food loses its appeal – but ethics rule at the checkout

Supermarkets have devoted less space to organic food as customers have reined in their spending

Mohamed bin Hammam is determined to disprove corruption allegations

Mohamed Bin Hammam issued with another life ban

Former presidential challenger banned by Fifa

Is ethical investment really that ethical?

Ethical funds must do more to make sure firms behave responsibly or risk losing investors’ confidence

Rolls-Royce could faces prosecution over allegations of bribery and corruption in China and Indonesia

Renowned aeroplane engine maker hands over ‘matters of concern’ to Serious Fraud Office

After the Leveson report, justice will remain just as elusive as the snark

Journalists will find legitimate business harder, says an investigative reporter

Page 3 Profile: Jesse Jackson Jr, US politician

Has the apple fallen far from the tree?

First part of Leveson Inquiry report to be released next Thursday

The report from the first part of the Leveson Inquiry into press standards is to be released next Thursday.

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas