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For a long time, the mentally ill were dumb and mute in literature. Inarticulacy surrounded those lumped together as Bedlamites: Jane Eyre’s classic “madwoman” in the attic, for instance, served as little more than a plot device, a thing to fear and loathe that got in the way of a Gothic romance.

Stars of The Book of Mormon by Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park

Your chance to grass up the neighbours: 'Scratch and sniff' cannabis cards to be posted to thousands of UK homes by Crimestoppers to aid police crackdown on marijuana farms

Cards come with a list of 'signs to look out', as well as a paper panel which releases a strong odour of cannabis when scratched

Olivia Colman and David Tennant star in Broadchurch
Disney inspired? Bullshit by Kate Marshall

It may not be a Chris Ofili, but it's yours for £200: Cow dung painting titled 'Bullshit' goes on sale

Chris Ofili won the Turner Prize in 1998 for a portrait made (partly) with cow dung. But art collectors on a smaller budget than the Tate - which bought Ofili’s No Woman No Cry - can soon pick up a painting made with cow dung.

Eugene Jacques Bullard joined the French Flying Corps in 1917

Rise and fall of black America's first fighter pilot

Out of America: Honoured by the French as a war hero, Eugene Jacques Bullard ended his days as a lift operator

13 million people are living in poverty

Some 13 million people, including 3.6 million children, are living in poverty in the UK, a report claims today.

The West African manatee is one of the most curious and least known animals on earth

Cites conference: Little-known manatee breed in spotlight

Alongside the familiar rhinos and elephants, the future of another of Africa’s threatened big mammals will be tackled at the Cites conference – but this creature is far from familiar.

Officers' handling of rape cases has improved

It takes a lot of courage for women to report to the police when they’ve been through such a devastating crime as rape. The fear is that they won’t be believed and that is part of the modus operandi of the perpetrator. Plucking up the courage to talk to a police officer only to be disbelieved and then sent away – and for nothing to come of it – is therefore just horrendous.

'Cheer team if not Odemwingie,' says West Brom manager

Steve Clarke has urged West Bromwich Albion supporters not to let their feelings towards striker Peter Odemwingie affect their backing for the team in Saturday's home game with Sunderland.

Anonymity for the accused: Rape is different to other crimes, and we need to talk about why

If there are other victims out there, naming of the accused can encourage them to speak out. But if the accused is rich and powerful, their identity can act as a shield

Julia Gillard, Australian PM: 'This is an unhealed wound at the heart of our national story'

Australia takes symbolic step to recognising Aboriginal rights

Australia has taken a historic step towards recognising Aborigines as the nation’s original inhabitants.

Postcard from... Germany

Hindu devotees walk across pontoon bridges at Sangam

37 killed in stampede at Hindu festival in India: but still 110 million risk their lives to bathe in the Ganges

Bathing in this polluted river makes you clean… that’s faith

The garden gnome

Page 3 Profile: The garden gnome

How have garden gnomes made it into the news?

Neymar (left) was outplayed by Jack Wilshere at Wembley

Kevin Garside: Let's play like England, with nothing to fear but fear itself

Until recently the the country was oppressed by inferiority; not now

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Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn