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Tenor turned TV presenter turned director, the extraordinary Rolando Villazon continues his conquest of opera

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Gignac underachieving at Marseille

Andre-Pierre Gignac has scored just one league goal in nearly five months with Marseille and is turning into the local fans' scapegoat following an expensive transfer this summer.

Laws set for return to government

Former Liberal Democrat cabinet minister David Laws is set for a swift return to government, Prime Minister David Cameron indicated today.

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Tory MP Nadine Dorries 'misled' voters with fiction on her blog

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Government Whip must repay £4,000 expenses

A Government Whip was ordered to apologise and repay more than £4,000 in parliamentary expenses today.

MP arrested over sex assault claim

Liberal Democrat MP Mike Hancock has been arrested on suspicion of indecent assault following allegations of improper behaviour towards a female constituent.

The Sustainable Planet: three days of debate, opinion and discussion

The Independent, along with Libération and la Repubblica, hosted a forum on The Sustainable Planet in Lyon on 24, 25 and 26 September, gathering politicians, environmental scientists and heads of business from across Europe to take part in a number of debates on the state of our planet.

Public opinion stopped GM, says campaigner

Global resistance has halted the biotech giants, reports Environment Editor Michael McCarthy from the <i>IoS</i> co-sponsored Sustainable Planet Forum

Nature Studies by Michael McCarthy: The missing contribution to the great debate of our age

Anyone who saw the Hollywood movie Gladiator will remember its villain: the demented young Roman emperor Commodus, played by Joaquin Phoenix. The most vivid historical picture we have of Commodus is by Edward Gibbon in his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire; Gibbon hated him because he felt it was with Commodus that the Roman rot set in, after four emperors who had ruled wisely and well, the last being Commodus's own philosopher-father, Marcus Aurelius.

Leading article: Answers needed at Lyon conference

There are are still large sections of the general population determined to stick their heads in the sand rather than confront the overwhelming scientific consensus that climate change is not some vague hypothesis but a grim present reality. But the world's leading scientists are convinced. So much so that, in many ways, concern for the environment has largely become concern about climate change. In one sense this is quite right, for the tipping point to avert disaster is coming rapidly upon us, if indeed it is not already here. There is no more urgent issue for action, international, national and local.

Pathologists wait for chef's corpse to defrost for autopsy

France is gripped by the macabre case of the acclaimed cook, his wife, and her freezer

Leading article: Not so far behind Europe, after all

Today's report on breast cancer is good news for women and good news for the UK. Over the past 20 years, deaths from the disease have fallen more rapidly in this country than anywhere in Europe (save Iceland), with a 35 per cent decline in the mortality rate. Earlier diagnosis, advances in surgery, better drug treatment and increased access to specialists are the keys to improved survival. But, as the UK started with the highest breast cancer death rate in the world in the late 1980s, celebrations should be tempered by remembrance of the thousands of women who might have survived if they had lived elsewhere in Europe.

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