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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

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.

Between The Covers: 01/05/2011

Your weekly guide to what's really going on inside the world of books

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

Wales coach plays his most gifted runner and handler at No 15 – and it backfires as side lack killer touch
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The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

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More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

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Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

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Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

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Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

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Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

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