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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

A new documentary, 'Sleepless Nights', follows the stories of two people caught up in the Lebanese civil war

Postcard from...Beirut

Iskander Zakharia was 26 in May 1985, when three armed men came to his family’s home to “ask him some questions”. “We’ve not seen him since,” says his sister Lina, “but we believe he is still alive.”

The Weekend’s TV: Fake beards, silly characters...and a family classic is born

Last night on Sky1, a family television classic was born.

Book review: The Pure Gold Baby, by Margaret Drabble

Mother love: Drabble does not shy away from the question of dependency

New mothers are not being warned about potentially life-threatening post-natal problems, warn midwife group

Almost half of women are not told about danger signs of conditions that may need emergency medical treatment, according to research by the Royal College of Midwives

Woman 'sells baby for £300' in Istanbul airport

CCTV footage shows a woman allegedly trying to sell her child to a couple

Gosport hit-and-run deaths: Man charged with manslaughter of two girls

Twenty-year old man remanded in custody after court appearance, with next hearing to take place tomorrow

DJ Delroy Catwell jailed for murdering girlfriend’s daughter because she was getting more attention than him

A DJ who murdered his girlfriend's "outgoing, chatty" three-year-old daughter when he was supposed to be looking after her was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 20 years today.

Katie Hopkins told This Morning parents needed to 'man up'

Katie Hopkins on This Morning: 'Behind every fat child is a fat mother'

The controversial commentator tackles childhood obesity

Two e-fit images believed by detectives to be of the same man seen in Praia da Luz at the time of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance

Madeleine McCann: Police issue two e-fit images in new appeal

Latest investigation into 2007 disappearance has ‘significantly changed’  accepted version of events

Five-minute memoir: Christobel Kent recalls a hellish car journey that went from bad to worse

'I looked at the headlines. My world, already teetering, totally caved in'

Adult Supervision at London's Park Theatre

Theatre Review: Adult Supervision - A sparky play about the mixed-race middle class

It's US election night in 2008 and Natasha, a white ex-lawyer who has adopted two Ethiopian children, seizes on this as the ideal opportunity to throw a drinks party in her home for the "very small community" of other "mothers of children of colour" at their posh, fee-paying North London school.

Day of the Girl: A survivor’s journey after female genital mutilation

Women in my community worry that they won’t be a good Somali woman if they haven’t undergone FGM.  This is a practice that continues to control women's sexuality

Jessica Raine as Beatie and Linda Bassett as Mrs Bryant in Roots

Theatre review: Roots - 'A meticulous and beautifully acted revival'

Roots, the central work in Arnold Wesker's 1950s trilogy, refuses to be rushed and keeps you waiting two and half hours for a turning-point. But the cumulative power of the piece is quietly devastating, as is decisively demonstrated now by this loving, meticulous and beautifully acted revival by James Macdonald. Written in the Norfolk dialect, the play tells the story of a young woman, Beatie Bryant, who returns to her glum family of farm labourers and tries to groom them for the impending visit of her “intellectual” London boyfriend Ronnie (the East End Jewish poet of Chicken Soup With Barley). She browbeats them with Ronnie's thoughts about art and politics by repeating them parrot-fashion and only finds her own voice in a climactic surge after a calamity the  audience may have started to anticipate.

Nigel Evans resigned as deputy speaker to fight the charges

Former House of Commons deputy speaker Nigel Evans in court over sex assault allegations

Alleged offences date from 2002 to this year

Phillip Simelane admitted the manslaughter of Christina Edkins

Judge dismayed at lack of medical help for paranoid-schizophrenic as Phillip Simelane admits manslaughter over Birmingham bus stabbing of schoolgirl Christina Edkins

23-year-old was ordered to be detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act after random attack with 12-inch kitchen knife

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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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
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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