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Latoya Ammons, who is a mother of three, told authorities that demonic spirits caused her 9-year-old son to walk backwards on a hospital ceiling

'I'm surprised any of the people who might object could read what I wrote as it is written in English' - Clarissa Dickson Wright responds to race row

The TV chef has been criticised for remarks she made about Leicester in her new book

Welsh MP, Elfyn Llawyd, stokes anger by calling town 'depressing'

Residents of a Welsh seaside resort are furious after it was labelled “depressing” by their own MP. Elfyn Llwyd, the Plaid Cymru MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd in the north-west, said rows of empty houses reduced the area's appeal during the winter.

Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, wants more schools to become academies

Two more successful state schools under threat of closure as a result of academy expansion plans

Two more state schools rated “good” or “outstanding” by the education standards watchdog Ofsted are under threat as a result of a flagship academy’s expansion plans.

Aung San Suu Kyi: The leadership of her NLD party is accused of trying replace older members

Suu Kyi's party told it's too authoritarian as Burma's activists quit

The leadership of Aung San Suu Kyi's political party is facing a growing tide of resignations amid claims of authoritarianism as it attempts to replace ageing members of Burma's democracy movement with new blood.

Tony Scott death: Top Gun director dies after jumping from Los Angeles bridge

Tony Scott, the British-born filmmaker who directed Hollywood blockbusters such as Top Gun, True Romance and Crimson Tide, has died after leaping off a bridge in Los Angeles.

Pursuit of Perfection: The Politics of Sport, South London Gallery and Southwark Old Town Hall, London

Worship at the altar of football – or chuck it all in for a few quid

St Ives in the sun: But Cornwall misses out on £2m every year through discounts to owners of second homes

Cornwall bans use of 'England' in tourism promotional material

Its reputation as a pocket of nationalist rebellion has long formed part of Cornish folklore.

Simon Kelner: Passing of a true pioneer who led me from the start

He would surely have appreciated the irony. The death at 76 of Dudley Stephens, the personification of an old-school journalist, was announced via Twitter.

Kazakh guard killed 15 and burned border post, says prosecutor

A Kazakh border guard has confessed to killing 14 fellow soldiers and a herder in cold blood at a remote post near the Chinese frontier, prosecutors said today, adding that hazing, or severe bullying, may have prompted the massacre.

Boris Johnson names senior BBC journalist as communications chief

A senior BBC political journalist has been appointed as London Mayor Boris Johnson's communications chief.

Catholic radio broadcaster killed in motorbike 'drive-by' in Philippines

The Roman Catholic Church and a media watchdog called for justice today after an anchorman of a Catholic-run radio station was killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen in the southern Philippines.

Falmouth Beach Hotel in Cornwall destroyed by 'massive' fire

A Cornwall seafront hotel was destroyed today by a severe fire.

Simon Kelner: Local papers are the lifeblood of communities

My first job in journalism was as a trainee reporter in Neath in South Wales. Every Wednesday, when the paper was published, I couldn't walk down the main street without being stopped every few paces by someone eager to discuss – or, more likely, to take issue with – something in that day's paper.

Leading article: Decline and fall of the local press

In Victorian times, any sizeable British town was home to several competing local newspapers, some of which, like The Manchester Guardian, Newcastle Chronicle, or Leeds Mercury were major forces for progress.

A tea plantation in Mufindi, Tanzania

A good news man in Africa

In Britain, journalism's reputation is at an all-time low. Elsewhere, it is easier to see its potential as a force for good. Simon Kelner reports

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