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.

Tim Luckhurst: Wrong way to fight a good cause

The temptation to sympathise with those BBC journalists who disrupted news programmes yesterday, and will work to rule from today, is powerful. The BBC retains the scale and resources to report and analyse the world in a way that few rivals can match.

BBC 'cannot create new jobs'

BBC Radio 4's flagship Today programme was disrupted this morning as thousands of journalists staged a strike in protest at compulsory redundancies.

Philip Hensher: At last – a public figure who refuses to deny their past

What is so heartening about Louise Mensch’s response is the sight of a strong-minded person standing up in her own name against a mean, rat-like prig

A 'Between The Covers' Special

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My Life In Travel: John Suchet, broadcast journalist

'I enjoy following in Beethoven's footsteps'

BBC journalists set to strike

BBC journalists are to press ahead with a second 24-hour strike on Monday after the failure to resolve a dispute over compulsory redundancies.

The 10 best music memoirs

Tales of raucous excess and tortured creativity are the hallmarks of a good rock autobiography. Best read with a bottle of Jack Daniels at your elbow...

Sacked journalist puts spotlight on Russia's gay pride march ban

The sacking of a journalist at one of Russia's leading news agencies over a homophobic outburst on his blog has reignited an inflammatory debate over a ban on gay pride marches in the country.

The Hacker: My purple patch is starting to leave better players red in the face

Suddenly, with a modest flourish of half-decent shots that no one thought me capable of producing, this old hacker has chalked up a few surprise successes in knockout competitions.

A Winter on the Nile, By Anthony Sattin

Nurse and novelist as ships that pass in the night

Thackeray, By D J Taylor

The forgotten Victorian man of letters

Review of Torchwood ‘Rendition’

After an explosive first episode, the pulse-racing pace does not let up as the Torchwood team is forcibly taken to America on the orders of CIA agent Rex Matheson.

Leading article: The dangers of ranging too widely

The Leveson inquiry really ought to be focusing on the regulatory future of the printed press

Book Of A Lifetime: Lolita, By Vladimir Nabokov

The summer after A-levels. I had promised myself that once all the cramming was over, I would buy 'Lolita'. I felt both furtive and outrageously adult as I purchased it in The Totnes Bookshop. I nurtured hazy notions of a racy read to ease my brain after all the Chaucer, imagining this was 'The Valley of the Dolls' with class.

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Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

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Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

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