Sport Saracens' Nathan Earle is held by Zach Kibirige during the game on Sunday

Saracens recorded a comfortable 41-8 victory over Newcastle on Sunday to ensure they finished top of their LV= Cup pool and so sealed their progression to the semi-finals.

Northampton’s Ben Foden makes a break at Newcastle

Ospreys retain edge on unhappy return for Henson

Gavin Henson was denied a happy return to the Liberty Stadium and Ospreys continued their home dominance over Cardiff, claiming victory in a scrappy RaboDirect Pro12 encounter yesterday.

The quay area of Exeter, Devon, a city that has become a heaving success

Sick of the South East? Then emigrate to Exeter

It's long since been clear that most of the world's problems could be solved by relocating millions, if not billions, of people to Australia.

No deal for Noel Edmonds as he loses court case

Judge rules against TV presenter who sued 'the brother he never had' over property deals

Saracens hit by Richard Wigglesworth season-long injury

Saracens and England scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Solar activity may be to blame for unusually cold winters

The sun's 11-year cycle of solar activity may have been behind the unusually long spells of cold weather seen in Britain over the past two winters, a study has found.

Michael Jackson, Uri Geller, fans' songs: it's the Ex factor

Exeter, who host Liverpool in Carling Cup tonight, have a recent history of cravats, debt and a jailed chairman

'Supergene' behind butterfly wing design

Butterflies are are able to mimic other neighbouring species to avoid being eaten by birds because of a "supergene" – a cluster of genes that controls their wing patterns, researchers have found.

Roman hoard of coins dug up in Devon

The discovery of a hoard of coins, a cemetery and a lost settlement in Devon is being hailed as one of the most significant Roman discoveries in Britain for decades.

John Lewis to branch out with range of smaller stores

John Lewis is to increase its presence by opening at least 10 smaller department stores, kicking off with a shop in Exeter next year.

Letter from the editor: Work experience isn't the wisest move

Thousands of teens all over the country have used nepotism, bribery and giant cojones to land themselves work experience this past week – it's part of the GCSE syllabus. But don't bother asking any of them how it went, unless you are fluent in grunt.

Two in Joss Stone case are charged

Two men arrested over an alleged plot to rob the country home of singer Joss Stone were remanded in custody yesterday.

Squires, 1 Exeter Road, Braunton, Devon

A North Devon chippie well worth sharing with family (and followers)

Sammy McIlroy leaves Morecambe by mutual consent

Morecambe have parted company with boss Sammy McIlroy and assistant Mark Lillis by mutual consent following the club's disappointing 20th-placed finish in npower League Two.

Exeter admit lessons have been learned

Exeter head coach Rob Baxter believes the Chiefs have "learned some pretty important lessons" following their Aviva Premiership points deduction and £5,000 fine.

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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform