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

Senior lawyer takes out injunction to cover up affair

A senior lawyer has taken out a gagging order typically reserved for philandering footballers to cover up details of his affair with a younger woman.

South Georgia enters the rat race to exterminate its very unwelcome invaders

Helicopters drop 200 tons of poison pellets in world’s biggest extermination project

Opt-out scheme for organ donation given go-ahead in Wales

People will be considered as having consented for organ donation unless they use the 'opt-out' system

What to say? Eye Spy enacts unacceptable behaviour

TV review: Eye Spy - Lost in the ethical maze without a moral compass

Would you help yourself to a holdall of cash abandoned in a phone box? Or intervene in a restaurant if a customer was subject to racist abuse from a waiter? You’d take the cash, buy the restaurant and sack the waiter – of course, you would. Not everyone is like you, though, oh heroic reader.

Anthony Hilton: What’s the truth about Mario’s Italian job?  

A couple of years ago there was universal outrage when it was discovered well after the event that Goldman Sachs  had used its bankerly skills to help the Greek government of the time disguise the country’s true financial position  so it would qualify for membership of the euro.

James Moore: Only way forward is to pay the whistle-blowers

Outlook Part of the Parliamentary Commission on Banking's report dealt with whistle-blowers. We've seen Acts of Parliament, allegedly designed to assist them, and the report calls for their protection in banks to be made the responsibility of the group chairman. The trouble is, it won't work.

Charles Saatchi puts his hand over Nigella Lawson's mouth at Scott's in December

Should we intervene? Our response to the Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson assault is shocking too

Events like this compel us to consider the ethics of recording a dispute

A quiet book: Melvyn Bragg

Review: Grace and Mary, By Melvyn Bragg

Tender and moving, this novel about the loss of memory also reaffirms the value of the storyteller

America’s rise and fall: Occupy Wall Street protesers march through New York City in 2011

Review: The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, By George Packer

This rich collage of characters and events adds up to a devastating picture of a country in crisis

Lucian Freud and Benefits Supervisor Sleeping 'Big Sue' (now Small Sue)

Be careful not to tread on little Lucian Freud

Alice Jones' Arts Diary

Eight-year-old Travis Hong (C) plays

Video games 'can make children more morally aware'

New study shows how games can teach children to analyse their moral choices in life and consider the consequences

David Cameron faces another headache if wrecking amendment to stop the Same Sex Couples Bill passes

The Lords on trial: Westminster hit by attempt to wreck gay marriage bill - and by fast-track plans for register of lobbyists

Prime Minister faces another headache if wrecking amendment to stop the Same Sex Couples Bill passes

Review: Strange Bodies, By Marcel Theroux

Obsession and horror in an eerily plausible modern 'Frankenstein'

Pakistan: Taliban No 2 Wali ur-Rehman reported dead in US drone strike

Missiles claim senior terror target, say intelligence sources

The Syrian rebels are drawing recruits from a variety of national backgrounds

EU divided on issue of Syria arms embargo

The European Union nations remain divided on whether to ease sanctions against Syria to allow for weapons shipments to rebels fighting the regime of Syria's president Bashar Assad.

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