News Freddie Hussey, the three-year-old boy crushed by a trailer in Bristol, was

Freddie's family said "everyone loved" the three-year-old boy

Helen Mirren: The Oscar-winning actress began her career playing Cleopatra in the NYT’s production in 1965 when she was 20

National Youth Theatre vows show must go on as debts threaten its future

Institution that trained Helen Mirren and Daniel Craig in trouble after 'overstretching itself'

President Obama sits on the bus at the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit made famous by Rosa Parks

Obama travels back in time on the bus where Rosa Parks made history

President stops off on his campaign trip to consider how far the US has come on its civil rights journey

Andrew Strauss celebrates his fifty by saluting the dressing room

Ian Botham offers backing to England captain Andrew Strauss

Sir Ian Botham has hit out at critics of England Test skipper Andrew Strauss and expects him to remain in charge for the next couple of years.

First edition of Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest up for auction

A first edition of Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest, dedicated by the writer to his first gay lover, is going under the hammer.

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George Zimmerman: The neighbourhood watch volunteer claimed to have been beaten up by Trayvon Martin, 17

George Zimmerman's lawyers resign

Fears are growing over the wellbeing of George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, after his lawyers announced that they have decided to resign, having lost all contact with him.

Country house date for Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn takes his latest opera, Dr Dee, to London's Covent Garden in June. Yet before the work about the mysterious Elizabethan alchemist and scholar opens at the Coliseum, the Blur frontman takes a short detour to Wiltshire with a band that includes Guinean musician Madou Diabaté.

Waving the pom-poms for self-sufficiency

One squad. 70 members. And a budget of just £5,000 a year. The Brighton and Sussex Waves are a co-educational cheerleading squad made up of students from the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex.

Investors flee UK to rompt AAC pull-out

The former private equity business of ABN Amro has abandoned a £300m fundraising drive in a signal that investors have turned their backs on the UK buyout industry. AAC Capital Partners, which was best known for once owning the British arm of restaurant chain TGI Friday's, is now likely to wind-down the UK business over the next five years.

Andrew Grice: Cameron's terrible week shows he can no longer get benefit of the doubt

For David Cameron, the worst moment in a torrid week came when he watched a TV news bulletin showing the footage of Peter Cruddas, the Conservatives' former co-treasurer, telling undercover reporters that a £250,000 donation to the party would secure dinner at the Prime Minister's Downing Street flat.

Prime Minister David Cameron during a reception at 10 Downing Street yesterday. Former Labour minister Jack Straw said the Tories were prepared to evade rules stating that donors must be registered to vote in the UK

Lobbyists linked to £100,000 Tory donations

The Conservatives have received more than £100,000 in donations from companies and individuals connected to the lobbying industry since the party has been in government, an analysis of registered donations has revealed.

Obama: 'If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon'

Obama donors get White House visits

President Barack Obama is using privileged access to the White House to reward his most generous financial supporters.

Natalie Haynes: Don't you just loathe fun runners?

I am not an uncharitable person. Honestly. I give money to a few charities each month, and I am a sucker for any mailshot that includes a picture of anyone looking sad or brave, even if it is a donkey. But several times every year, the park I walk through to get into town is commandeered by fun-runners.

Natalie Haynes: Fun-runners. Don't you just loathe them?

They take over the paths, running in packs, pulverising walkers

Rarely reshown: 'Monty Python's Flying Circus'

And now for an absolutely awful idea

Few things date faster than silliness, so rumours of a Monty Python reunion lead Gerard Gilbert to wonder: why?

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The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes