If you pay £6 to go to Prague on RyanAir, what do you expect?

'My Zulu boy was legally abducted'

Love-tug case: English foster mother hopeful of child's return as full details of fight for custody are revealed

Letter: Train beats car

Sir: For some twenty-five years as commuter I have driven the 20 miles to central London and each year the queues get longer and the serious incidents more regular and it becomes necessary to leave that few minutes earlier to avoid this distance taking up to an hour and a half.

Chief who wants to get a head steps forward


OJ faces the nation with plea of innocence



The key looks for now are sleeveless dresses, short skirts and little sweaters which are short of sleeve and short around the midriff

Fears as family bids farewell to inner-city legend

Funeral in Toxteth: Police hope that bloody cycle of street violence will come to an end with the burial of David Ungi

This year's model

Menswear made history before they even made a record. Here, they explain to Nicholas Barber how they played the fame game, and won

Prosecutor in final attempt to convict OJ

Opening her final attempt to prove that OJ Simpson had the means, motive and opportunity to murder his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman, Marcia Clark began the prosecution's summing up yesterday with an emotional plea to the jury.

Bums on pedestals

Are you eating? If so, skip this column and only return to it when the table is cleared and the washing-up done, because today we are going to explore our bottoms. And not the nice, fleshy outer bits, either - you can see a hundred of those in any old Mel Gibson movie. No, I'm talking anuses, rectums. Hell - I'm talking colons.

Why murder is a matter for the Round Table

IT SEEMED that murder had lost its power to shock in today's Russia. As one Moscow daily noted recently: "Triple killings have become a normal occurrence." The Moskovski Komsomolets described a quadruple killing, where the victims all had their throats cut after being beaten to death with dumb-bells. The news was worth a filler.

First encounters: When Fats Waller met Al Capone

How Fats Waller was given to Al Capone as a present. The sixth in a series of memorable meetings drawn by the distinguished American illustrator Edward Sorel and written by Nancy Caldwell Sorel. Last week, Anton Chekhov and Leo Tolstoy; next week, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Bertrand Russell

More sex, more violence, more banks


Porthmadog has a first knight to remember

Sean Connery was hardly missed at a film premiere that starred a Welsh coastal town, reports Michael Prestage

A white-knuckle ride I cannot join

The Redwood camp looks like a small sectarian wing which will never unite the Tory party, argues Jerry Hayes

Grim-faced state of siege

It was a bright crisp day in the City of London yesterday but there was precious little sunshine at Barings' Bishopsgate h
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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform