Arts and Entertainment Win Butler of Arcade Fire. The band are confirmed to headline Primavera 2014

The National, Pixies, and Disclosure also confirmed for Barcelona festival

Oxford Union calls off appearance by Sri Lanka's President

The Oxford Union has cancelled an address that was to have been delivered tonight by Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa, citing concerns about protests being planned by thousands of demonstrators.

Peter Christopherson: Musician and designer who worked with Throbbing Gristle and the Hipgnosis agency

The Industrial music genre beloved of angsty teenagers and "edgy" American filmmakers has its roots in the experiments of the British agent provocateurs Throbbing Gristle in the mid-to-late 1970s.

Leading article: A big ask

A book entirely made up of questions is creating a buzz.

Soldiers may face trial over 'Britain's Abu Ghraib'

Three british soldiers could be charged with war crimes over the alleged abuse of Iraqi prisoners, two senior judges have been told.

The Life Of An Unknown Man, By Andreï Makine, trans. Geoffrey Strachan

Two truncated love stories – a quietly heroic, enduring passion that gives counterpoint to a desultory romantic failure – combine in Andreï Makine's eleventh novel. It reprises the Russian author's grand themes of personal dignity and integrity, passion and stoicism in the face of sweeping historical forces. Makine has a thing or two to say about exile and isolation, being Siberian by birth but having drafted his debut novel, Le Testament Francais, in French while homeless in Paris, where he sought asylum in 1987.

New tapes emerge of CIA interrogation

The CIA has tapes of the alleged 9/11 plotter Ramzi Binalshibh being interrogated in a secret overseas prison. Discovered under a desk, the recordings could provide an unparalleled look at how foreign governments helped the US in holding and questioning suspected terrorists.

'For a year in prison I was treated like the scum of the earth, but I was innocent of rape'

Should men accused of rape be given anonymity? One man cleared of the crime explains to Mark Hughes why the answer is yes

Paul Vallely: Better an abortion than a mass grave?

The Roman burial of unwanted babies and new evidence on foetal pain make us think again about the start of a child's life

'Doctors used' to test effectiveness of waterboarding

A prominent physicians group claimed today that medical personnel were used to test and refine the effectiveness of "waterboarding" and other harsh interrogation techniques for terror detainees in US custody.

A Day and a Night and a Day, By Glen Duncan

Glen Duncan sets the scene, crisply, creeply and most evocatively, as Augustus Rose is led into an interrogation room, for a day and a night and a day (of the title) for his torture, before yielding the names demanded by his interrogators.

Movie heaven: Anthony Quinn's 100 Best Films, Day 1, 100-81

The Independent's film critic selects his favourite films ever made

Tory MP denounces Howells's lead role in rendition inquiry

A former minister hand-picked by Gordon Brown to lead an intelligence watchdog should not lead an inquiry into Britain's involvement in transporting terrorist suspects for interrogation and torture abroad, a senior Tory claimed last night.

Album: 7 Worlds Collide, The Sun Came Out, (Columbia)

Neil Finn, Liam Finn, Johnny Marr, Jeff Tweedy, assorted Radioheaders and, er, KT Tunstall... All proceeds to Oxfam... What could go wrong? Not much, actually, and Finn Sr's charity project is indeed worthy and occasionally wonderful.

Only two weeks' training for CIA interrogators

Report reveals agents' doubts about whether their actions were legal

Full text: CIA internal report on interrogation methods

On Monday, the US Justice Department released a declassified version of a 2004 internal CIA report, entitled "Counterterrorism Detention and Interrogation Activities (Septemeber 2001 - October 2003).

Below is a PDF of the entire document.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there