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Terminator Salvation, McG, 115 mins, Cert (12A)

Arnie-type Terminators are in their infancy in this prequel-sequel gun-fest, but who cares? In McG's dull dystopia even humans talk like machines, and a never-ending war franchise means that ... they'll be back

Amanda Knox: innocent abroad, or a calculating killer? Now the jury must decide

The American student's murder trial begins today – and Italy is transfixed, reports Peter Popham

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Bruce Springsteen has claimed "catastrophic success" and has cancelled his annual Halloween celebrations of which he reportedly displays rather alluring Halloween fixtures for all to see. I’m thinking it may have looked something like this.

Game of the week - Siren Blood Curse (PS3), &pound;19.99

In the mood for some seasonal scares this Halloween? Well, what could be spookier than a survival horror title? A Japanese survival horror title, that's what. 'Siren Blood Curse', which hits the shops with impeccable timing this Friday, has all the elements of a terrifying ride, from a deserted village with a bloody history, to an army of angry zombies. For real edge-of-your-seat stuff, check out the level which takes place in an abandoned hospital – I dare you to come out from behind the sofa to do so.

Ban on prison parties after Halloween outrage

The Justice Secretary, Jack Straw, has banned "unacceptable" prison parties after a national newspaper published pictures of convicted prisoners dressed in horror-themed costumes.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/openhouse/ben_chu/index.html" target="_blank">Ben Chu: Crime and punishment, Sun-style</a>

The Sun does its bit to encourage a thoughtful public debate on penal policy this morning with its publication of pictures of women prisoners at Holloway Prison participating in a Halloween fancy dress party.

Preview: Electric picnic, Stradbally Village, Nr Dublin

Go electro alfresco with pop duo

A visitor from another world &ndash; or just a dirty old man with a ladder?

If, this time next week, we are all under the control of superior beings from the Planet Tharg, remember you read it here first.

Last Night's TV: Absorbing scenes from a class struggle

Chinese School, BBC4; Massacre at Virginia Tech: This World, BBC2; The Killing of Sally Anne Bowman &ndash; a crimewatch special, BBC1

Johnson accepts Mourinho apology

Andrew Johnson has accepted an apology from Jose Mourinho following claims by the Chelsea manager that the Everton striker is a serial diver.

Portfolio: America's most unwanted

Mary Ellen Mark is one of the most respected documentary photographers of our time. Her latest collection of work forms an arresting portrait of those excluded from mainstream American society.

Dilemmas: My partner's children refuse to meet me

Petra's a widow with a divorced boyfriend, whose adult children refuse to meet Petra or talk to her. His parents are now having an anniversary party and have left it up to him whether he brings Petra or not. He's unsure; she feels rejected and betrayed. What should she do?

The new face of horror

America has gone crazy for 'The Blair Witch Project'; George Romero's classic 'Night of the Living Dead' walks again. Fear is back in fashion - and Hollywood is running scared.
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Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

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Children's books are too white, says Laureate

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