Sport Ross Hutchins (R) and Colin Fleming (L) progressed to the second round of the Australian Open on the former's return to Grand Slam action after his battle with cancer

Hutchins and his doubles partner Colin Fleming defeated Marinko Matosevic and Michael Przysiezny 4-6 6-4 6-0 to reach the second round

Virgin Atlantic pays damages to massage therapists

Two former beauty therapists who developed repetitive strain injuries through giving massages to air travellers have won a total of £300,430 damages from Virgin Atlantic.

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£1m claim commuter awarded £11,000

A commuter who sued London Underground for £1 million damages after he was grabbed by an employee at a ticket barrier has won just £11,925 in compensation.

'Parasailing donkey' dies

A donkey that was forced to go parasailing by her keeper last summer, causing worldwide revulsion, has died. The 18-year-old animal, named Anapka, suffered a heart attack after falling ill in December, the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper said.

Congresswoman making recovery

The Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords's medical condition was upgraded from critical to serious, eight days after she was shot through the head by a gunman at close range.

Muslim worship leader 'raped boy at mosque'

A Muslim worship leader allegedly raped a young boy on numerous occasions as he attended a mosque for religious lessons, a court heard today.

Tannh&#228;user, Royal Opera House, London<br/>The Bach Pilgrimage, Cadogan Hall, London

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Rebecca Front: 'I can only assume there's a class at drama school which teaches young male actors to do shoulder rubs'

There are few things less relaxing than a massage – or, at least, the sort of ill-defined, mimsy, New-Age laying on of unskilled hands that all-too-often passes for a massage. I have had the privilege of visiting an ancient hammam in Istanbul (I can't begin to describe the smug delight I took in writing that last phrase) and there I experienced the real thing. On a cold, hard slab of 16th-century marble, I was slapped, pummelled, basted, marinated and steamed, and after icy water had been hurled over my head, I slept deeper than I have since babyhood. That, my friends, constituted a relaxing massage. I'll tell you what does not.

Nick Bornoff: Writer who recorded with wit and vivacity the sexual mores of Japanese society

Nicholas Bornoff "has established himself as nothing less than the Odysseus of Japanese sex," wrote Elisabeth Bumiller, reviewing his book Pink Samurai in the LA Times in 1991. A Londoner with Jewish, French and English blood in his veins, Nick was a product of Hornsey Art School during its radical 1960s heyday followed by film school in Paris before he arrived in Tokyo during the white-hot years of the economic boom.

Eileen Nearne: The 'scatterbrained' spy who helped win the war

One of Britain's most-decorated female spies was initially dismissed as "scatterbrained" and "not very intelligent" by her superiors, documents released for the first time today reveal.

Dom Joly: Howdy doody. It's the &#163;2012 hotline. Can I interest you in a Lord Coe piggy-back?

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Anti-gay US cleric sought 'massages' from young men

Bishop Eddie Long, the pastor of one of America's best-known "megachurches" who is facing sexual misconduct allegations, will make his first public comments on the claims of three young men during services on Sunday, in which he is expected to deny the accusations against him.

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