Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito

Meredith Kercher murder: 'I don't regret kissing Amanda Knox' says ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito

But his 'life is now on hold' as he awaits a retrial over Meredith Kercher's murder

Scientists reveal life on Earth may have begun on Mars

Growing evidence is suggesting that life on Earth may have actually begun on Mars.

Vases and human bones lie in the family grave of Lisa Gherardini, in Florenceís Santissima Annunziata basilica

Researchers open Florence tomb in search for identity of the real Mona Lisa

Scientists hope to match DNA from a skeleton to reveal identity of woman thought to be Leonardo da Vinci's muse

David Hewson's 'The Killing'

The Killing author David Hewson opts for audiobook release of latest novel a year ahead of print version

The author said he was considering audiobook-only work in the future

Trespassers: a Memoir, By Julia O'Faolain. Faber & Faber, £14.99

This is an exceptional memoir. "I ply my parents' trade," says Julia O'Faolain; and she is uniquely placed, by inheritance and skills, to take over where her parents left off. Born in 1932, she was brought up on folk tales, of which her mother Eileen O'Faolain published several collections, and on stories of the Black and Tan war and Civil War, in which both parents were active participants.

Chris Froome kisses his girlfriend Michelle Cound at the finish line

Tour de France 2013: ‘I’d give anything to see my mother with me here today’ says Chris Froome

Tour de France winner has one last unfulfilled wish to share his victory with his late mother Jane

Mishal Husain will join presenters on BBC Radio 4's Today programme

Page 3 Profile: Mishal Husain, BBC newsreader

I recognise her. Hasn’t she been on the news?

The hamper from Ampersand includes a savoury tartine, scones sentried by pots of jam and clotted cream, and a variety of sweet pastries
Mario Gomez

Mario Gomez has mixed feelings after being granted 'wish' to leave Bayern Munich for Fiorentina

The striker won the treble with Bayern last season

Bradley Wiggins powers to glory in last year’s Tour

Sir Bradley Wiggins: I may never ride the Tour de France again

The reigning champion was forced out of this year's race due to injury

Amanda Knox served two years in prison

Clues implicating Amanda Knox ‘were underestimated’ by judges

Italy’s supreme court has declared that clues that implicated Amanda Knox in the killing of British student Meredith Kercher had been underestimated by the judges who quashed her conviction for the crime and freed her from prison in 2011.

Dan Brown's Inferno: Dante-inspired book set for release day bonanza

Review: Inferno - Dan Brown's Dante-inspired novel is clunky but clever and will undoubtedly heat up pundits

On page 334 of Inferno, Dan Brown's tweedy Harvard iconographer Robert Langdon reveals to Sienna Brooks - a British-born misfit genius who gallops around three favourite tourist destinations with him in this latest adventure - that "We're in the wrong country". Cue a flight out of Venice, where a plot rammed to bursting-point with guide-book factoids and the vintage formulae of apocalyptic science-fiction has shifted from its opening location in Florence.

Sir Bradley Wiggins endured another tough day on the Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia: Bradley Wiggins' struggles continue in rain-soaked ninth stage

Team Sky rider drops to 11th place overall after caution following Friday's crash; Vincenzo Nibali retains lead

The Big Six: Tuscan hamlet hotels

Featuring vine-draped landscapes, imposing towers and former cigar factories

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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
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The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
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Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas