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French Sole is celebrating 25 years with its first non-London store – it’s time to slip in to spring, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Zaid al-Hilli leaves Guildford police station after having his bail cancelled

French Alps shootings: victim's brother released by police

The only person arrested in the 13-month investigation into the murder of the al-Hilli family in France has been released from bail

Joe (left), 26, and partner Will; the couple has been together for almost four years

The key to a happy relationship? Be gay. Or childless. Or make tea

A study of modern-day love has revealed that, generally, homosexual couples are more content than heterosexual ones – and that actions really do speak louder than words

On guard: Ariel Sharon as a commander in the 1948 war of independence

I shall mourn Ariel Sharon's life, not his death

Sharon deliberately deceived his Cabinet. He devastated Beirut, leaving 300 dead in a day and looked on approvingly as fascist militias entered refugee camps to rape, murder and torture thousands of Palestinians

Pope Francis blesses a baby during a mass in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican

Pope Francis encourages mothers to breastfeed in the Sistine Chapel

Pope Francis said the 32 babies he was baptising were "the most important people" in the chapel

The house in Woodgrange Close, north London, where the bodies of a woman and two children were found in an apparent murder-suicide

Woman found dead in London with child and baby in suspected murder-suicide

Police are investigating a suspected murder-suicide after the body of a woman, a child, and a baby were found in a flat in London.

Book review: 'Boxer Handsome' by Anna Whitwham

This promising debut novel about boxing shows both its violence and its value

Forcing children to kiss family members 'could affect their sexual development'

Sex Education Forum chief also warns quality of teaching in schools 'a lottery'

Rescuers took about 20 minutes to remove the man from the appliance after he had been greased up

Naked man rescued from washing machine with help of olive oil

‘My advice would be for people not to climb into appliances,’ said a police officer involved

In a new interview bound to stir up fresh feminist debate, the TV presenter claimed that all women who work take pleasure in their household duties because it keeps them sane.

Kirstie Allsopp: ‘Women enjoy doing household chores because it keeps them sane’

In a new interview bound to stir up fresh feminist debate, the TV presenter claimed that all women who work take pleasure in their household duties

Muslim mothers should be trained in computing ‘to help to spot radicalisation’

The mothers of Muslims should be trained in basic computing skills so they can spot online radicalisation of their children, a report says.

Evander Holyfield joins the ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ circus with housemate Luisa Zissman
Midwives have spoken anonymously about devastating staff shortages, which has an impact on patient care

Midwives and patients warn of ‘devastating’ staff shortages

As an Independent article by an exasperated midwife goes viral, mothers, patients and other NHS professionals come forward with their own experiences of maternity care

Nine-year-old Alyssa Meza delivers her own baby sister

Alyssa managed to remove the umbilical cord wrapped around the child's neck after seeing a similar incident on a medical TV show

David Cameron: Prime Minister becomes catalogue man in most comically staged photoshoot of his career

Was Cameron's plan to rope in some ordinary-looking types to promote the Help To Buy scheme? It appears to have gone laughably awry...

Social workers have removed the woman's two children following reports of the advert, which she describes as a 'silly joke'

Mother ‘tried to sell baby’ with Gumtree advert asking for £150,000

Woman from Bradford has now had her two children taken away by social services but says the post was just a ‘silly joke’

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Billie Whitelaw was best known for her close collaboration with playwright Samuel Beckett, here performing in a Beckett Trilogy at The Riverside Studios, Hammersmith
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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'