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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 Great Night / A Better Angel, By Chris Adrian

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

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 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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Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
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Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

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Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
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Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
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From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific