News Danny Cousins, 21, and his 66-year-old father, Mick, are sharing a one-bed flat in Luton while Danny saves for a house

Official figures show Britain now has more than 3m ‘boomerangers’, and it’s getting worse

DVD: The Infidel (15)

"You find out you're Jewish and suddenly someone in uniform is leading you away," cries Muslim family man Mahmud when he's escorted from an East End town hall, after learning he was adopted from birth and is Jewish.

Dissidents condemned over police station attack

Political leaders today condemned dissident republicans believed to be responsible for a car bomb attack on a Northern Ireland police station.

'Illegal immigrants' held in nursing home raid

Thirteen suspected illegal immigrants have been detained following a raid at a nursing home, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) said today.

Nuns on the run in protest at move to old people's home

Two French nuns in their eighties are on the run after refusing to accept an order by their mother superior that they should be transferred to live in a retirement home.

How the IVF revolution nearly didn't happen

Three decades after the first test-tube baby, report shows how pioneering doctors struggled for funding

Julie Burchill: If Eamonn can't see the funny side of fatness, he should lay off the pies

I know that we were meant to don black armbands and fly the flags at half-mast when Dawn French and Lenny Henry went bang, but personally I was pleased. I've had beef (and how fitting is that word, considering how fat we both are!) with that bitch since way back in the day, when I refused to be in a 1994 South Bank Show. This was some sort of celebration of morbid obesity – sorry, a "personal celebration of Big Women, drawing on art, photography, fashion, film and sculpture to ask why Big Women, who were revered and celebrated throughout the history of art, are now ignored by today's culture."

Day For Night, By Frederick Reiken

Frederick Reiken's haunting and ambitious new novel begins in Florida, then moves between America, the Caribbean and Israel. The title suggests illusion, paradox, the artifice used in film. As if to underline this, Reiken writes that "we comprehend that what we see will never coincide with absolute reality." Day for Night demands we trust the author from the off, as the narrative appears so random. The year is 1984. Dr Beverly Rabinowitz, her lover David and his 13-year-old son, are taken by a guide, Tim, to swim with wild manatees. It should be exhilarating but instead it feels sad. David has leukemia and has asked Beverly to adopt Jordan should he die.

The Road to Mecca, Arcola Theatre, London

Reviewed by Paul Taylor

Sex attacker jailed for hospital rape

A convicted sex attacker who raped a disabled woman in hospital while working as a healthcare assistant was jailed for public protection today, with a minimum term of six years.

French death toll from floods rises to 22

The death toll in flash floods in the hills above the French Riviera rose to 22 yesterday as new thunderstorms threatened the region and disrupted cleanup efforts.

Scope launches 'venture philanthropy' scheme

The disability charity Scope is launching the first leveraged, private equity-style financing for use in the voluntary sector today.

Ex-public schoolboy charged with prostitute murders

A former public schoolboy was charged tonight with the murder of three prostitutes.

DVD: Still Walking, For retail & rental (New Wave)

Hirokazu Kore-eda's Ozu-esque family drama takes place over a single day: the anniversary of the death of a favourite son.

My Life In Travel: Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, interior designer and broadcaster

'I have rediscovered my Welsh roots'

Postgrad Lives: 'It's a hefty fee. So I'm working part-time to pay for it'

Marilena Gill, 34, is studying part-time for an MSc in environmental health at the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor