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.

David Lister: 'Twenty-five years is a long time in arts journalism'

I feel a little queasy about writing an anniversary piece, as I was in the room in August 1986 – two months before the launch of The Independent – when the founding editor Andreas Whittam Smith declared that one of the many ways in which we should break the mould was by avoiding anniversary journalism. Twenty-five years on and I'm still disobeying his instructions, although that particular pledge, to be fair, didn't last terribly long.

Murdoch execs told of hacking evidence in 2006

Up to a dozen News International executives, including Rebekah Brooks, learned in 2006 that the Metropolitan Police had evidence that more than one News of the World journalist was implicated in the phone-hacking scandal.

Ian Burrell: Everyone used him. Even me – but I can justify it

The subject of the work by Whittamore has more than 60 convictions andwas later prosecuted for defrauding a charity

Cahal Milmo: The Wapping 'family' was breaking up before our eyes

At times yesterday the only sound coming out of the Wilson Room in the Palace of Westminster was the thunk of the buck being passed between senior figures who once ran Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper empire.

When among Roma, do as the Roma do

Stef Penney reluctantly tells Christian House how she researched her gypsy thriller follow-up to 'The Tenderness of Wolves'

Meet the woman who put lead in Darling's pencil

Former chancellor settles scores in his must-read memoir on Labour's dying days – but did his 'firebrand' wife, Maggie, egg him on?

Review of Doctor Who ‘Night Terrors’

The Doctor made a stop off from the over-arching storyline to answer a distress call from a seven-year-old boy in this creepy little tale from Mark Gatiss.

Review of Torchwood ‘End Of The Road’

If audiences thought that this episode would bring them closer to the truth about Miracle Day, they were wrong.

Halcyon Days, Riverside Studios, London

The publicity for this English premiere of Shoji Kokami's play promises an examination of "the cult popularity of suicide websites in contemporary Japanese culture". But though it was written, in 2004, in response to a spate of web-connected teenage suicides, the piece furnishes few insights into those morbid internet forums which encourage the lonely and depressed to form suicide pacts with strangers.

Review of Torchwood ‘Immortal Sins’

This week ‘Torchwood’ delved into Jack’s long, long life but unfortunately it focused on a post-Doctor period in his past.

Kazakhmys awaits review at ENRC

Kazakhmys expressed concern about the corporate-governance issues at its fellow Central Asian miner ENRC yesterday as it posted higher earnings for the half year to June.

Say Her Name, By Francisco Goldman

Francisco Goldman's fourth novel is based on a real tragedy in which his wife, Aura Estrada, broke her neck while body-surfing along the Mexican coast, and died. She had recently turned 30. They had known each other for four years and would have celebrated their second wedding anniversary if she had lived another month.

Comedy Rules, By Jonathan Lynn

Jonathan Lynn may be best known as the co-writer of Yes Minister (Margaret Thatcher's favourite sitcom, allegedly) but he has also turned his hand to comic acting, directing and screenwriting. Who better to ask, therefore, if you want to write, perform or direct comedy? Surely he'd know what to do and what not to do? Yet this compact and cheerful book isn't just a user's manual. It's also a charming memoir, full of amusing and insightful anecdotes about the many entertainers Lynn has worked with.

Free press: Journalists released from 'hostage hotel'

After almost a week of being held captive by Gaddafi loyalists, a group of international correspondents was freed from the Rixos Hotel yesterday evening.

Former police chief held over murder of Politkovskaya

A former Russian police officer has been arrested on suspicion of organising the killing of investigative journalist, Anna Politkovskaya, in 2006. Lieutenant-Colonel Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov is accused of plotting the logistics of the killing whilst he was still working as the head of a top police unit.

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