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.

How roast turbot helped eurozone leaders swallow their pride on debt

A key aspect was to get bondholders to accept a 50 per cent 'haircut' on their assets

The Dead Hand by David E Hoffman

Carling Cup fourth-round review in pictures

Arsenal, Blackburn, Cardiff, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United have won through to the Carling Cup quarter-finals.

Corinthians eye £16m cut-price Carlos Tevez deal

Corinthians president Andres Sanchez has been quoted in the Brazilian media claiming his club's bid to sign Carlos Tevez is back on at a reduced rate of around £16m.

Olympics could be hit by BBC strike action

Thousands of BBC staff are to be balloted on strike action in a row about jobs, pay and conditions, raising the threat of disruption to flagship shows – and possibly coverage of the 2012 Olympics.

Villas-Boas stands by referee criticism

The Chelsea manager, Andre Villas-Boas, was unrepentant yesterday over his attack on referee Chris Foy after the west London derby, insisting he had done nothing to warrant a Football Association charge.

James Lawton: Moody deserves praise for early nights, unlike England

Something extremely odd happened at the end of the World Cup of rugby that Richie McCaw and Thierry Dusautoir turned into a personal issue of epic proportions. It was that England's captain Lewis Moody, as best he could given his team's performance here, joined on the list of tournament heroes his counterparts of New Zealand and France. Well, sort of.

The All Blacks' Richie McCaw parades the Webb Ellis Trophy in Auckland yesterday

James Lawton: Unlike England, Moody deserves praise for leaving the party early

Something extremely odd happened at the end of the World Cup of rugby that Richie McCaw and Thierry Dusautoir turned into a personal issue of epic proportions. It was that England's captain Lewis Moody, as best he could given his team's performance here, joined on the list of tournament heroes his counterparts of New Zealand and France. Well, sort of.

Disgruntled Vidic ends Serbia career

Nemanja Vidic has retired from internationals after a 56-cap Serbia career starting in 2002.

War and peace...the American version

Only after she'd finished her new novel did Ellen Feldman realise she'd been exploring her own family's history

John Rentoul: The PM surfs the euro-breakers

In quashing referendum hopes, David Cameron flexes the political muscle that looks good on television

The scent and sensibilities of controversy

Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs was notorious, but can the remake repeat its incendiary impact? Geoffrey Macnab investigates

The sense of a happy ending – Barnes wins the Booker

He's made the shortlist three times before, but finally the novelist has taken the prize

Fox allies claim minister was duped by Werritty

Liam Fox's aides turned on Adam Werritty last night, describing him as a "Walter Mitty figure" who took advantage of the minister's friendship.

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