Album: Tony Joe White, The Shine (Swamp/Munich)

"It's all a bout the song, keeping it simple/Gotta have passion, gotta have soul," sings Tony Joe White here on "Tell Me Why", the stripped-down country-funk arrangement bearing out his intentions.

The Stray Sod Country, By Patrick McCabe

Even the blender is crazed in an Irish border town

Ovaries 'can work again after early menopause'

Women who go through early menopause and cannot have children were offered new hope today after scientists found a way of getting ovaries working again.

Mini, By Simon Garfield

This is an obligatory buy for petrolheads of the Mini persuasion, but the reliable and versatile Garfield (he has also written books about wrestling, Radio One and mauve) provides plenty for the rest of us in this genial scrapbook.

Mastermind of the Munich Olympic massacre dies at 73

Mohammed Oudeh, the main strategist of the 1972 Munich Olympics attack in which 11 Israeli athletes were killed, has died in Damascus aged 73.

Planner of Munich Olympics attack dies

Mohammed Oudeh, the key planner of the 1972 Munich Olympics attack that killed 11 Israeli athletes, has died in Damascus. He was 73.

Horsey surges to maiden win in Munich

At least one Englishman was celebrating in Germany yesterday. David Horsey won his maiden European Tour title at the BMW International Open in Munich after fighting back from an early deficit.

Hitler's cushy prison life in the 1920s revealed

Adolf Hitler enjoyed special treatment while jailed in 1924 and was allowed hundreds of visitors – sometimes unsupervised – including some 30 to 40 celebrants of his 35th birthday. The details have emerged from documents written by officials at the prison near Munich where he was held.

Album: Thomas Larcher, Madheres/Fellner (ECM New Series)

Born in 1963, Austrian composer Thomas Larcher has an ear for alluring textures and unexpected contrasts.

New Tate Modern director named

Tate Modern has appointed Chris Dercon, who is in charge of the Haus der Kunst in Munich, as its new director.

Oktoberfest leaves financial hangover

The price of beer at Munich's Oktoberfest will rise by nearly 2.5 per cent this year – but the annual increase is less frothy than in 2009.

Wayne Collett: Athlete who staged a Black Power protest at the 1972 Olympic Games

After receiving his silver medal for second place in the 400 metres at the 1972 Munich Olympics, Wayne Collett stood on the podium alongside the gold medallist Vince Matthews.

WIN! A weekend for two in Munich

We've teamed up with – the world's leading hotel booking website – to offer a weekend break for two in Munich, Germany.

Vatican denounces attempts to draw Pope into scandal

Those who 'aggressively' tried to connect the Pontiff with sex abuse cases have failed, spokesman insists
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The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
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'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
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Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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