D J Taylor: Is this woman the new Edwina Currie?

Of the 2010 intake of new MPs, Elizabeth Truss stands out. It's all a question of PR...as the middle classes, Tesco and the professions will tell you

The Sun King, By Nancy Mitford

An age of Regal pomp and dodgy plumbing

Harriet Walker: Nothing is as toxic as the venom one teenage girl can inflict on another

Channel 4's Educating Essex is a brilliantly appointed snapshot into life at a secondary school through academic trials and tribulations, workaday acts of heroism and the gym kit tyranny that teenagers inflict on each other.

Battles - Conflict comes with the territory for this band

Battles by name, battles by nature. At least, that's what Gillian Orr found when she met the New York avant-gardists whose attitude belies their fun side

After 43 years of bloodshed, Eta agrees to lay down its weapons

Basque separatists choose to end armed struggle following high-profile global peace conference

Police admit they knew Milly Dowler was hacked

Surrey force says it knew in 2002 that the News of the World had accessed phone messages

Scarlett Johansson dating Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Scarlett Johansson is reportedly dating Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Fox to face second inquiry as he turns his fire on media

Liam Fox suffered another setback last night when it emerged that he faces a second inquiry into links with his friend and self-styled adviser Adam Werritty.

Boasting about your IQ? Not such a clever idea...

Intelligence may not be as fixed as previously believed, according to a study showing IQ scores can go up or down as someone gets older.

The mother (and daughter) of all quarrels

The feud over Liliane Bettencourt's fortune has split the L'Oréal dynasty, engulfed French security services and threatened Sarkozy. Now she's lost control of her €18bn. But, asks John Lichfield, is this the end of the affair?

Stephen Foley: OFT puts the kibosh on newspaper consolidation

Outlook A dinosaur decision from the Office of Fair Trading, which has just scuppered the sale of Northcliffe Media's Kent newspapers to a rival family-run publisher called KM Group. The OFT referred the deal to the Competition Commission, prompting Northcliffe, owned by Daily Mail & General Trust, to withdraw its acquisition.

Tintin

Belgium's comic-book hero is about to hit the big screen in a Steven Spielberg-directed film, but for fans of the boy reporter the story begins here...

Belgium: Tintin's adventures in Brussels

Belgium's comic-book hero is about to hit the big screen in a Steven Spielberg-directed film, but for fans of the boy reporter the story begins here...

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee