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

People are unable or unwilling to accept that online advertising is necessary

Cyber culture: A new twist to the internet moral maze - ad blocking with added ads

A couple of months ago I experienced a moment of moral clarity that was vaguely comparable to Ebenezer Scrooge's redemption in Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

Critics claim the new charter targets Muslims

Do not wear headscarves; do not wear crucifixes; do not question the syllabus: France’s school rules

Some Muslim critics condemn 15-point charter as a thinly veiled attack on Islam 

Simon Read: How Wonga is now the UK's joint 14th largest lender

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President Obama refuses to say if strikes on Syria will go ahead without Congress's backing as G20 summit draws to a close

Obama and Putin held surprise meeting over Syria, it was revealed during press conference

Conservative MP Jesse Norman has been sacked from the Downing St policy board after rebelling on Syria

Tory MP Jesse Norman sacked from Number 10 for rebelling in Syria vote

Outspoken Conservative loses role on Downing St policy board after voting against military intervention in principle

Wombles creator Mike Batt was asked about life after a big success

Radio review: Darkside; How I Learnt to Stop Worrying and Love My Albatross

As a Seventies teenager I was rather put off Pink Floyd's classic album The Dark Side of the Moon by over-exposure – for about five years it was not possible to go to a party at which it wasn't played at least once. But as an atmospheric exploration of the human condition it deserves its status as one of the greatest LPs of all time, and Tom Stoppard makes a great go-to guy to celebrate its Big 4-0.

Ed Miliband in his Westminster office

Syria vote: Ed Miliband was wounded – but is now revitalised

Generals, especially American generals, rarely get a mention in Westminster or Whitehall. But over the past 72 hours, George Patton’s comment that when “everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking” could have resonated through Labour’s senior ranks.

Gareth Bale: Should finally get his move to Real Madrid when they offer closer to £90m

Transfer fees paid for players are 'a robbery' says Uefa president Michel Platini

Platini calls for changes to the transfer window

The Jewish community has condemned the decision to turn the former camp (pictured) into a shopping centre

Plan to transform former Belgrade concentration camp into shopping centre is condemned by Jewish groups

Those opposed to the project at Topovske Supe want the site to be 'a place of remembrance'

Badger cull: Wildlife and animal welfare groups
condemn start of operations to tackle TB

Opponents accuse the Government of going against scientific evidence in pushing ahead with pilot culls of badgers

Kerry delivering a statement about the use of chemical weapons in Syria

Syria crisis: UK and US vow that any military response is 'not about regime change' as Parliament is recalled to vote on intervention

Syrian foreign minister 'utterly and completely' denies Assad regime was behind chemical attack

Omer Fast mixes war footage and re-enactment at the Imperial War Museum

Visual art review: 5,000 Feet is the Best - How truth and fiction became blurred

Why does fuzzy footage signify reality to us? And can we trust our eyes in a world where film is full of such clever tricks?

Islamic group urges sobriety – and holds shares in bar chain

Islamic Human Rights Commission lists investment in the Baa Bar Group

It’s far from a show trial in China as Bo Xilai claims he was framed

Disgraced Communist Party chief says corruption confession was forced out of him

Dressed to thrill: Meera Syal and Nina Wadia in the BBC sketch show 'Goodness Gracious Me'

The week in radio: Culture-clash comedy can still raise a smile

Regular Radio 4 listeners will already know The Reunion, the programme that has been picking at old scabs and offering moist-eyed snapshots of times gone by since 2006. It's about revisiting crowning glories and ghastly calamities of old, with the wonderful, and sometimes awful, benefit of hindsight. Like Desert Island Discs, it has a distinct format: a group of people are brought together to recall a shared moment in their lifetimes. Unlike DID, however, there is more scope for sadness, for joy, or for sheer, red-faced fury.

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker