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Suspect stabbed his friend to death after victim insisted prose was superior as literary genre

The News Matrix: Thursday 26 December 2013

Lib Dem attacks law on fox hunting

Letters: Ways to ease the housing crisis

These letters were published in the 26th December edition of the Independent

Book review: Stephen Ward Was Innocent, OK: The Case for Overturning his Conviction, By Geoffrey Robertson QC

On 30 July 1963, Stephen Ward, former osteopath to the rich and powerful, heard the judge’s summing up at the conclusion of his Old Bailey trial and felt do desolate that he retreated to a friend’s flat, wrote a suicide note and swallowed barbiturates.

Happy brithday to Pope Francis, who has once again been named Person of the Year, this time by a leading lifestyle magazine that actively promotes gay rights.

Pope Francis named ‘Person of the Year’ by leading gay rights magazine

The religious leader is the December coverstar of The Advocate magazine, on which he appears with a photoshopped tattoo on his cheek

Jean-Jacques De Gucht, of the Open Flemish Liberals and Democrats, spoke in favour of the proposal

Belgian Senate votes in favour of law allowing euthanasia for terminally ill children

Senators shrugged off vociferous opposition from religious groups

Sophia, 23, joins fellow demonstrators on Kiev’s Independence Square

Ukraine protesters: ‘We want our country to have EU values, not a dictatorship’

The Independent speaks to three demonstrators to find out why they are taking to the streets

Mr Putin made a thinly-veiled attack on the West's more liberal attitudes toward gay rights

President Vladimir Putin hails Russia's 'defence of traditional values' in his state of the nation speech

Mr Putin criticised the West's more liberal attitudes toward gay rights and US attempts at intervention in Syria

Vladimir Putin says Russia is last bastion of conservatism against ‘infertile tolerance’

Russian president defends anti-gay laws in annual state-of-the-nation address

Comic Relief has been forced to defend its investment policy after it emerged that millions of pounds donated to the charity went towards buying shares in tobacco, alcohol and arms firms.

No laughing matter: Comic Relief invested in tobacco, alcohol and arms firms

The investigation found that the charity invested £630,000 in shares in leading weapons manufacturer BAE Systems

A senior family lawyer and High Court judge said couples should not have children unless they are in a stable enough relationship to consider marriage

Couples should marry before having children, High Court judge says

Sir Paul Coleridge says children are a responsibility not a right, and should only be had by couples ‘stable enough’ to tie the knot

A senior High Court judge has argued that couples should not have children until they are ready to wed

Couples should not have children until they are ready to marry, says High Court judge

A senior High Court judge has argued that couples should not have children until they are ready to wed.

February 1998: Nelson Mandela (L) hugs British supermodel Naomi Campbell in front of American actress Mia Farrow, British model Kate Moss (second from left) and model Christy Turlington

Nelson Mandela's place in history

He was the world leader all others looked up to

Onyango Obama, at the time of his arrest in 2011

President Barack Obama's uncle allowed to stay in the US

Asked about his family, Onyango Obama told the court: 'I do have a nephew. Barack Obama. He's the president of the United States'

Beyoncé is the most searched for celebrity on the internet. Find out who else appears in the Top 10, compiled by Bing.

Beyoncé beats Kim Kardashian as Bing's most searched for celebrity in 2013

The singer beats Miley, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian to be named the highest ranking star on the internet

Tom Hodgkinson: Who arrives at the door when the pig has been killed? The Methodist minister

Around 10 years ago, I opened an account with the Co-operative Bank. I was attracted by its policy of not lending money at excessive rates of interest to the very poor and staying out of the way of arms deals and the like. It seemed by far the best of a bad bunch in the sense that it appeared to have morals. At around the same time, in a feeble anti-capitalist campaign, I joined the Phone Co-operative and an energy supplier called Ecotricity, which apparently supplies its power via windmills.

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When I was supporting Ray La Montagne I was six months pregnant. He had been touring for a year and he was exhausted and full of the cold. I was feeling motherly, so I would leave presents for him and his band: Tunnock's Tea Cakes, cold remedies and proper tea. Ray seemed painfully shy. He hardly spoke, hardly looked at you in the face. I felt like a dick speaking to him, but said "hi" every day. </p>
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