News Scott Simon, a broadcaster on the US National Public Radio network, staged a Twitter vigil for his terminally ill mother

The American radio broadcaster who won praise for his poignant tweets from the bedside of his terminally ill mother has disclosed that she died on Monday night.

Wealthy council tenants face review

Tenants who earn more than £100,000 a year could be removed from their council houses under plans being examined by the Government.

The Dead of Summer by Mari Jungstedt

The fifth in Mari Jungstedt's Gotland crime series finds Swedish sleuthing duo, Inspector Anders Knutas and reporter Johan Berg, investigating a campsite murder. When the body of local carpenter, Peter Bovide, is found floating a few yards offshore, Knutas cuts short a rare summer holiday to help his new second-in-command, Karin Jacobssen, comb the cow pastures for clues. As their leads dry up, and a second body is discovered, Berg and his young photographer, Pia, appear ahead of the game. This workmanlike mystery (deftly translated by Tiina Nunnally) is nicely helped along by unexpected developments in characters' love lives: the unfolding relationship between the Knutas and Karin, and Johan's faltering friendship with an ex-girlfriend.

Tides of War by Stella Tillyard

Adventures in a real Regency

Politkovskaya suspect arrested in Chechnya

The man suspected of shooting Anna Politkovskaya, one of Russia's best known and most fearless journalists, has been arrested at his family home in his native Chechnya.

Studio has last laugh as 'Hangover' sequel puts critics in their place

Amid the critical scorn marking the release of The Hangover Part II last Thursday, one American writer suggested that the movie was the apogee of a new "mutant sub-genre" of film: the jokeless comedy. Fast forward to Monday morning though, and such reviews could hardly have looked any more irrelevant, at least as far as the bosses and bean counters at Warner Bros studios were concerned.

Tom Sutcliffe: No shame in gossip – it shows we're human

Social Studies: I am curious about celebrities – not because they are famous but because they're people

Parisians, By Graham Robb

Great people come and go, but we'll always have Paris

So Much To Tell: The Biography of Kaye Webb, By Valerie Grove

Puffin club pioneer who caroused with Dylan Thomas

Scott-land, By Stuart Kelly

A giant no more, but still big on Fraggle Rock

Writer seized over insults in Thailand

Thai authorities said yesterday that they had arrested an American on charges he insulted the country's monarchy, in part by posting a link on his blog four years ago to a banned book about the South-east Asian nation's ailing king.

The Tao Of Travel, By Paul Theroux

What to make of Paul Theroux? He certainly makes a great deal of himself. A recent New York Times piece commented that "Theroux has never been overburdened by modesty. Although he has claimed that a prerequisite of travelling responsibly is avoiding arrogance, his previous travelogues have all been pungent with self-regard."

Honda 2011 CBR 125R review

Honda have brought a new version of one of their best selling motorbikes, the learner legal CBR125R

Review of Doctor Who ‘The Rebel Flesh’

Doctor Who tackled the ethical dilemma of cloning and artificial life in the first of a two-part story this week.

Tips and deals of the week: 22/05/2011

The flight

Air Canada introduces direct summer flights from Heathrow to St John's in Newfoundland, starting this week from £707 return.

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