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.

BBC reporter on trial in Tajikistan 'was tortured'

The lawyer for a BBC reporter on trial in Tajikistan for allegedly belonging to a banned radical Islamic group says her client was tortured shortly after his detention in June.

Invisible Ink: No 90 - Horace McCoy

Malcolm Gladwell's rule states that the key to success in any field is partly a matter of practising the task for around 10,000 hours.

Harriet Walker: Are you 'smart' enough for Abercrombie?

Given the current lag in consumer perkiness, we've seen all manner of discounting, BOGOFs and aspirational advertising as part of a sector-wide plea for us to part with cash in the name of economic growth. So here's an interesting tactic from preppy pre-teen haven Abercrombie & Fitch – the offer of compensation to a cast member (above) of reality TV show Jersey Shore on the condition he cease wearing its clothes.

Ofcom examines claims of bias at company used by BBC

Ofcom, the media regulator, is examining the circumstances surrounding the screening of programmes on Malaysia made by a London-based company allocated millions of pounds by that country to work on a global strategic communications campaign.

Album: Various artists, The Rough Guide to World Lullabies (World Music Network)

This makes for a very pleasant hour: lullabies are the most universal of art forms, and the wishes expressed by these mothers are both multifarious and significant.

Picture perfect: Enter our exciting photo competition

We've been blown away by the entries to our photography competition, in association with the Royal Academy – and there's still time to enter...

IPCC admits it wrongly said Duggan fired at police

The police watchdog body investigating the shooting of Mark Duggan, the man whose death sparked riots in north London, admitted yesterday that it may have "inadvertently" briefed journalists incorrectly that the father-of-four fired on officers before he was killed.

Abuse scandal firm shuts second home

A second care home owned by a company at the centre of claims of abuse of vulnerable patients is to close. Castlebeck, which owned the Winterbourne View care home in Bristol, where abuse was filmed by an undercover BBC journalist for Panorama, said it was shutting Rose Villa, a rehabilitation centre for adults with learning disabilities.

Video: Riot victim: 'It was carnage'

Journalist Sam Francis tells how he was attacked and had his bike stolen by people looting in Brixton, London.

Tiger team hit back after Williams' day in spotlight

Tiger Woods has heard quite enough bitterness from his former caddie, Steve Williams. Yesterday Team Tiger struck back, vehemently denying the Kiwi's claims that Woods lied when telling the press he had sacked Williams "face to face".

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Review of Torchwood &lsquo;Escape to LA&rsquo;

&lsquo;Torchwood&rsquo; gets even more &lsquo;Mission Impossible&rsquo; this week with the team breaking into a PhiCorp building to steal some of the company&rsquo;s hard drives containing confidential material that may explain the miracle day.

Stan Barstow: Writer whose novel 'A Kind of Loving' was a key text in the literary revolution of the 1950s and '60s

Stan Barstow, the novelist, playwright and scriptwriter, began writing his first short story in 1951 on honeymoon. It was at the suggestion ofhis wife, Connie, on a rainy afternoon in their Lake District hotel. The story wasn't publishable but he quickly learned the craft of writing and,according to his autobiography, InMy Own Good Time (2001) "began to uncover a talent I certainly couldn't, only a year or two earlier, have known I possessed".

Geoffrey Macnab: It's already more hyped than it was first time around

The White Shadow (1924), the newly discovered lost Alfred Hitchcock movie, certainly wasn't one of the high points in his early career. "The film was a total failure," writes Donald Spoto in his Hitchcock biography. "A box-office disaster," agrees rival biographer John Russell Taylor.

BBC fears journalist may have been killed by Nato

The BBC has asked Nato to investigate the death of one of its journalists in Afghanistan after reports suggested international forces could have been involved.

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