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Police in Quebec say a fire at a seniors' residence in Quebec has left eight dead and 24 missing.

Selena Gomez: Hero or Villain?

When the Beach Boys sang about "Disney Girls" back in 1971, the very phrase evoked a world of "Earlier nights and pillow fights … Open cars and clearer stars". Mention Disney girls these days, and chances are it will be in the context of one scandal or another.

Sophie Lancaster: the murder that caused a subculture to fight back

Today's announcement by Manchester Police is a small but significant victory for Sylvia Lancaster, the mother who has tirelessly campaigned for a more robust police response to attacks against alternative music fans after her daughter was brutally murdered in 2007.

Hoop dreams: Marland Yarde gave up a promising football career at Queens Park Rangers to pursue rugby, much to the delight of his stepfather

Marland Yarde: Hard Yardes on the wing

Exciting Exile loves the big occasion and a date with the Barbarians beckons at Twickenham

The Emperors New Clothes (17/03/13)

When times are hard, at least good grammar and punctation are free. But Jane Merrick spots a new saving...
Juno Calypso, artist, 23

One to Watch: Juno Calypso, artist, 23

The new Cindy Sherman? Perhaps.

Music review: Justin Bieber at the 02 Arena is a pale shadow of the Timberlake-style Justin he wants to be

The music is the usual box-ticking corporate pop

Pensioner batters intruder with pair of crutches

Police have praised the bravery of an 81-year-old woman who battered an intruder with a pair of crutches.

Difficulty making an appointment keeps us from the doctor's, but who can face an NHS receptionist?

It's hard enough to quibble with a hairdresser...

To dye for: Helen Mirren’s Bafta hair was inspired by US television

Helen Mirren's in the pink. We've all been there...

Jane Merrick applauds the Bafta nominee's unqueenly hair colour

The winning team from University of Birmingham l-r: Jonathan Jones, Richard Tasker, Harry Proud and Harry Thorpe

The iQuiz final: '50% More Moustache' victorious by a whisker

On Tuesday night, 18 crack teams of students convened at Birmingham's Ikon Gallery for the inaugural iQuiz. Each team had battled through regional heats in November, lured by an unforgettable prize: a two-week trek across America.

Hairstyle brand to the stars ghd finds a new owner at £300m

Hairstyling brand ghd (good hair day), endorsed by Katy Perry, has been flipped between two private equity houses with a £300m price tag.

The English National Opera's staging of The Barber of Seville calls for 28 wigs

English National Opera's beards smell 'like wet dog'

Take hair from the belly of a yak, wrap it in tissue, wind it around wooden dowelling, secure it with cotton and string, and boil for two to three hours. Before you reach for Heston's cookbook, this is not the latest culinary fad but English National Opera's recipe for curling facial hair. "It smells like wet dog," says Vanessa Davis, wigs and make-up supervisor at ENO."Whenever we do it, everyone complains."

The A26, By Pascal Garnier

The murder highway that turns off into the French provinces

Previous research in America has suggested that redheads are more susceptible to pain

Why should redheads have to endure this vile bullying from so much of the modern media?

Whether we call them 'redhead' or 'ginger', there seems to be little these people can do to protect themselves from persecution in the public domain

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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz