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

Words are still a struggle, but the picture says it all

Five months after US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords nearly died after being shot in the head by a gunman whose bullets killed six others, the first pictures of her released since the massacre show the smile of a woman recovering remarkably well.

Stephen Foley: Groupon float looks like another offer at a price that's too good to accept

US Outlook: It is indecent, the haste with which Groupon is coming to the public markets.

Cumbria shooting victims remembered

Families of some of the 12 victims of mass gunman Derrick Bird today joined an understated commemoration of the first anniversary of the shootings in Cumbria.

Claudia Pritchard: Many a cross word is good for a marriage

Seven tiffs a day is perfectly normal

Album: Jim White, Sounds of the Americans (Loose)

Composed as musical accompani-ment for an experimental theatre production based on the works of Sam Shepard, Sounds of the Americans is an understandably patchy, heterogeneous work, with jazz-guitar instrumentals, New Orleans brass band arrangements and a jaunty country number expressing pride in the renovation of a classic American car.

Beheading suspect had violent record

The man accused of stabbing and beheading a British pensioner in Tenerife has been remanded in custody, amid questions about the management of his mental illness.

Meet 'Mini Mao', the 12-year-old star of Chinese communism

Eyebrows were no doubt raised in Washington when a rising star in the Chinese political scene said recently that he wished "to revive the Chinese nation and resume the heyday of the Han and Tang dynasties". But Pentagon officials needn't worry just yet, for the political heavyweight in question is still in primary school.

Ken Bates slams Leeds' on-loan defender George McCartney

Leeds defender George McCartney has been subjected to a withering attack by the club's chairman Ken Bates.

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Landlord of Joanna Yeates to sue for libel

The landlord arrested on suspicion of murdering the Bristol woman Joanna Yeates has launched legal action against a number of newspapers.

Joanna Yeates landlord sues newspapers

The landlord arrested on suspicion of murdering Joanna Yeates has launched legal action against a series of newspapers, it was announced today.

Pilots unsettled by laser pointers

Civil aviation officials said pilots are complaining that laser pointers are being aimed at their planes as they land at Grenada's international airport.

Lifeline for battered Lib Dems in Tunbridge Wells by-election

Battered Liberal Democrats were boosted by a shock council by-election triumph in Tunbridge Wells Borough, covering the genteel Kent spa town and home of the legendary "Disgusted".

Stephen Foley: Papers should profit from Groupon's model

US Outlook: Of all the supposedly crazy valuations being put on social media companies ($10bn for games maker Zynga, $50bn for Facebook, etc) the only one that looks certainly bonkers is $15bn for Groupon, the online vouchers company.

Hook’s match-turning talents cramped by Gatland’s lack of faith

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British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
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Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
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If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

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New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

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Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

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