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'I'm good with a water cannon'

Babies make jokes while still too young to talk

Babies too young to speak know how to make jokes and form friendships, say researchers.

Joseph Roth: A Life in Letters, Translated and edited by Michael Hofmann

Least humbly yours – missives from a great (but starving) artist

Boy, 11, gets criminal record after arson attack

A schoolboy has become one of the youngest people in the country to be given a criminal record after he admitted vandalism during an arson attack when he was 10 years old.

DVD: Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (15)

Bailee Madison's Sally, a gloomy, medicated and inquisitive eight-year-old, has been sent to live with her architect father, Alex (Guy Pearce), and his new partner, Kim (Katie Holmes), at spooky Blackwood Manor.

Added value: Milan's gothic Cathedral, the Duomo

Milan for £300

A cultural family holiday on a budget? Karen Glaser proves that it can be done as she takes her two children on a three-day break to Italy's most stylish city – all for the same price as a night at the opera

James Farentino: Actor whose personal life damaged his career

The American actor James Farentino was endowed with the dashing good looks that should have made him a Hollywood leading man, but he might be remembered more for the women in his life than his screen roles. Four times married, he was also close to being four times divorced. At various times, he and his final wife, Stella, started legal action to end the marriage on the grounds of "irreconcilable differences", only to withdraw the petitions.

Linda Evangelista on the cover of the latest issue of LOVE magazine

Ready To Wear: She was always the strangest of the Trinity

How great is it to see Linda Evangelista on the cover of the latest issue of LOVE magazine and to read her first interview for eight years for that matter? In their time anyone now over the age of 20, let's say, and even remotely interested in fashion, has indulged in an obsession with this, over and above all the other supermodels, after all.

David Beckham and Tom Cruise feel the love. But is it only shared fame that binds them?

Sarah Sands: A friend is not the one you turn to, but the person who turns to you

David Beckham's admission that he has only three good friends rings true

Me and You, By Niccolo Ammaniti (Trs by Kylee Doust)

A basement packed with dynamite

Absent Friends, Harold Pinter Theatre, London

A recurring figure in the world of Alan Ayckbourn is the utterly well-meaning interloper who, by his cheerful immunity from the woes of the others, wreaks emotional havoc amongst the depressed, fragile people on whom he descends.

Medical drama House, starring Hugh Laurie, will not be resuscitated after the current season

House finally hangs up his stethoscope

After eight years, Hugh Laurie calls time on the most popular television doctor in the world. Nick Clark reports.

DVD: To Kill a Mockingbird (12)

Restore your faith in humanity with this stupendous adaptation of Harper Lee's masterpiece.

Hugh Laurie plays the cantankerous doctor in House

The doctor has left the building: after 177 shows, Laurie brings the House down

After eight years of diagnosing some of the world's rarest diseases, Hugh Laurie is to hang up his stethoscope. The current season of House will be his last, the producers have revealed.

Jane Austen is back in the frame

When academic and biographer Paula Byrne announced the discovery of what seemed to be a new drawing of Jane Austen, there was a frenzied debate over the picture's authenticity. Arguments are bound to be reignited by the news that the controversial portrait will go on display at the Bodleian Library in Oxford as part of the celebrations for World Book Day, before moving to Jane Austen's House Museum in Chawton this April. The picture, showing a thin-faced woman gripping an inky quill, accentuates Austen's professionalism.

Chinese police chief may be seeking asylum

The former police chief of a major Chinese city has disappeared from sight amid rumours he is seeking US asylum following a quarrel with one of China's most powerful local politicians.

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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London