Sport Arsene Wenger looks on from the Arsenal bench

Wenger has confirmed though that any moves are far from complete with the 11pm Friday deadline approaching

Kidnapped, By Colin Freeman

As of now, writes Colin Freeman, more than 700 mariners are being held hostage on the Somali coast. As the Sunday Telegraph's foreign correspondent, kidnapped by Somali pirates while reporting on that very subject, Freeman speaks from experience.

Martin Johnson calm over RFU chaos

Martin Johnson has insisted the recent chaos at the Rugby Football Union has not impacted on England's World Cup preparations.

Chris Blackhurst appointed Editor of The Independent

Independent Print Limited (IPL) today announces the appointment of Chris Blackhurst as Editor of the Independent.

Mayoral aide quits over 'stealing' comments

One of Boris Johnson's aides has resigned over comments he made about shoplifting from high street chains.

Letter from the editor: Accessible and affordable

The London Evening Standard, a stablemate of ours, is running a really excellent campaign at the moment in which it is highlighting the shocking literacy rate in the capital, especially among children.

I was stupid but not angry, claims Prior

Matt Prior has admitted he felt "stupid" following the incident at Lord's in which a dressing-room window was smashed.

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Novelist Josephine Hart dies

Writer Josephine Hart whose debut novel sold more than one million copies has died.

Scott Parker admits he will have to consider West Ham future

Scott Parker admits West Ham's hopes of staving off relegation do not look good and that he may have to consider a future away from the club.

Evgeny Lebedev: The Voices of the Press in an Open Society

Following is the full text of the speech by Evgeny Lebedev, chairman of the Evening Standard and The Independent, delivering the inaugural lecture of the Gorbachev Lecture Series on Press Freedom this evening at Christ Church College, Oxford University.

Invisible Ink: No 74 - Caryl Brahms and S J Simon

How did the English cheer themselves up during wartime?

Half say cuts raise terror risk

One in two people think the cuts in police funding will increase the risk of a deadly terrorist attack, a survey showed today.

Theatre giants Hall and Gambon honoured at Standard awards

London is lauded as the true home of global drama

'Evening Standard' wins top awards

The Independent's sister newspaper, the London Evening Standard, has won two of the most prestigious accolades in publishing, being named Media Brand of the Year and also receiving the Grand Prix Gold at the Media Week awards.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee