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Dominique Strauss-Kahn released without bail

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was released without bail today after a dramatic court hearing where the sexual assault case against him appeared to shift in his favour.

Love, Sex, Death & Words, By John Sutherland & Stephen Fender

In the introduction to this quirky literary almanac, the authors proclaim, "they have between them a hundred years of scholarship... What they know is like two crammed attics, full of interesting junk. But that junk is worth having." An exploration of the 366 entries (The Beggar's Opera was premiered on 29 February 1728) does not entirely substantiate the latter assertion.

The Choice, Radio 4, Tuesday<br/>Outlook, World Service, Monday

Make the most of terrific interviews like these &ndash; they'll soon be gone

The Great Night / A Better Angel, By Chris Adrian

The grief of child mortality, and the wonder of faeries in San Francisco

The secret life of Terrence Malick

Most directors would bask in the limelight of a Palme d'Or win, but Malick did what he always does &ndash; watch from the shadows. Luke Blackall profiles the reclusive genius

Obama authorised Seals to 'return fire if necessary' against Pakistani forces

President Barack Obama personally intervened in the planning of the strike against Osama bin Laden to ensure that the team chosen to execute the mission would be ready to fight its way out of a confrontation with the Pakistani military, American officials have said.

Is it time to discount the kings of coupons?

After a meteoric rise, the money-saving site Groupon is facing some serious competition

Mail Online climbs to second spot in world's most popular news sites

As its home page was offering readers a picture shoot of Nigella Lawson in a "burkini" on Bondi Beach and an interview with a Muslim woman who has posed naked for German Playboy, Mail Online, the internet version of the Daily Mail, was yesterday named as the second-most popular news website in the world.

Bloggers try to rewrite a success story

Unpaid contributors who helped make The Huffington Post profitable want a cut

Nothing's sacred for the super-satirists

The creators of South Park have written a Broadway musical about Mormons. Sarah Hughes attends the opening night

Stephen Foley: New York Times puts up an online paywall &ndash; but are readers ready to pay?

The paper is competing against free sites and state-sponsored rivals. Probably only a few people are likely to be encouraged to pay for an online subscription

New York Times publishes treasure trove of American food

From chilled corn soup to key lime pie, Christopher Hirst cooks the book

Four New York Times journalists found in Libya

Four New York Times journalists who were reported missing while covering the Libya conflict have been found, the newspaper said today.

NYT to start charging for just some content

The New York Times has started charging its most loyal readers for access to the website, the latest attempt by a newspaper to encourage people to pay for online content and raise money to offset circulation declines of their print editions. The paper, one of the most influential in the US, said that it would limit readers to 20 articles per month, after which they would have to pay a subscription fee of at least $15 (£9).

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas