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Something strange happened while I was watching the new series of US legal drama The Good Wife (More4) this week. I found myself humming the theme tune from Australian soap opera Home and Away. It was my unconscious mind's way of serenading new addition to the cast, Melissa George.

Leading article: Anders Breivik trial exemplified Norway's strengths

Breivik seemed to believe that being found sane would help validate his views

The package was sealed in 1912 by the then municipality’s mayor, Johan Nygaard and aside from a couple of occasions when it was nearly misplaced the package has remained largely undisturbed

Sealed for 99 years and 363 days - so what was inside the mysterious parcel left to a small town in Norway?

For 99 years, 363 days, two World Wars and doubtless more than a couple of moments of temptation - the people of the small town of Otta in Norway have resisted opening a mysterious package bearing the inscription, “Kan aabnes i 2012” - “Can open in 2012.”

Norwegian gallery loses a Rembrandt in the mail

A Norwegian art gallery lost a Rembrandt etching worth up £5,400 in the mail after trying to save money on courier and insurance costs, the gallery's chief said on yesterday.

Flags, flowers and candles commemorate the victims of Anders Breivik, in Oslo

A nation waits with bated breath to discover killer's fate

Builders have been hard at work inside Oslo's daunting Ila prison complex where Norway's self-confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik will likely be sentenced to spend the rest of his life by a panel of black-robed judges during a six-hour court hearing today.

Flags, flowers and candles commemorate the victims of Anders Breivik, in Oslo
Police help a victim of Anders Breivik’s Oslo bombing last year

Norwegian police 'could have stopped Anders Breivik massacre'

A damning report concluded yesterday that Norwegian police could have prevented mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik's devastating Oslo bomb attack in 2011 and that his subsequent slaughter of young people on Utoya island could have been halted earlier if officers had acted properly.

Police 'did not act fast enough to stop Breivik'

A report concluded yesterday that Norwegian police could have prevented the mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik's devastating Oslo bomb attack in 2011 and that his subsequent slaughter of young people on Utoya island could have been halted earlier if officers had acted properly.

Fire and Ice for a new generation

The launch of Revlon's new long-lasting nail-colour collection is celebrated in a striking campaign

Jeremy Laurance: Regulators must ensure innovation is rewarded

The drugs industry has a long and inglorious history when it comes to the promotion of its products. Exaggerated claims of benefit, under-reported adverse effects and selective publication of results have featured regularly over the years.

Dag Soras: 'I have a fear of flying. Some friends drink alcohol to calm themselves down. I board the plane feeling so hungover I will welcome death with open arms'

It's not all like The Killing. We can be funny too...

Scandinavian comedians hope to cash in on success of crime dramas

Brazil's pivot Fabiana Diniz celebrates during their handball match against Croatia

The delicate art and grand tradition of handball

The Copper Box arena was heaving, the press conference descended into something of a scrum after Brazil and Croatia had contested a 24-23 humdinger and by last night there was even a bit of a controversy brewing over the Brazilian women’s tight, flowery shorts. “Pyjamas,” one journalist scoffed.

Yesterday’s gathering for the 69 people killed on Utoya island

Norway marks a year since massacre

Norway yesterday paused to commemorate the 77 victims of a bomb and gun massacre that shocked the peaceful nation one year ago, a tragedy that the Prime Minister said had brought Norwegians together in defence of democracy and tolerance.

Leading article: Gun control alone is not the answer

It is, of course, pure coincidence that the latest shooting massacre in the United States – in the Denver suburb of Aurora – should have taken place just a couple of days before yesterday's anniversary of the mass killings in Norway by Anders Breivik. But the response to both was the predictable call for tighter gun control, along with much handwringing on this side of the Atlantic about what seems the extraordinary and deeply alien American cult of the gun.

Norway marks one year anniversary of massacre

Norway is commemorating the 77 victims of a bomb and gun massacre that shocked the peaceful nation one year ago.

St John’s Night, Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Jermyn Street Theatre is partial to rummaging for rarities in the back catalogue of great dramatists. Well, they don’t come much rarer than this – the UK premiere, no less, of St John’s Night which  Ibsen wrote at the tender age of 23 and later tried to disown.

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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – MS Swiss Corona - seven nights from £999pp
Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn – seven nights from £899pp
Sicily – seven nights from £939pp
Pompeii, Capri and the Bay of Naples - seven nights from £799pp
Istanbul Ephesus & Troy – six nights from £859pp
Mary Rose – two nights from £319pp
Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home