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The diocese in Italy is training priests to meet increasing demand for exorcisms

Killer son stabbed 'witch' mother 21 times

A divorced father of three stabbed his mother 21 times after becoming convinced that she was a witch and had put a curse on him, a court heard today.

Album: AA Bondy, When the Devil's Loose (Fat Possum)

Too understated and unoriginal to find its way on to anyone's albums of the year lists, the second solo effort from the former Verbena (nope, never heard of them either) singer will, none the less, tickle these ears more frequently than many a "worthier" contender. It'sa gentle work of simplepleasures: Bondy's bruisedbut never broken voiceproviding the perfect foilfor his melancholic butnever miserable songs.Think Ryan Adams' Heartbreakerif it had songsabout vampires andwerewolves. True Bloodmakers take note.

Iran arrests 12 accused of promoting satanism

Twelve people accused of promoting satanism have been arrested in northwest Iran, a newspaper reported today.

Fine Just the Way It Is, By Annie Proulx

Annie Proulx's superlative writing is showcased once again in these moving, bittersweet tales of life in 19th-century and early 20th-century Wyoming.

Album: Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions, Through the Devil...(Nettwerk)

A second collaboration between the Mazzy Star singer and her Bloody Valentine, Colm O Ciosoig.

The Last Witch, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

You're an evil stoat of a woman," complains Janet Horne's neighbour, who has accused her of witchcraft, "but you are an entertainment." Rona Munro's new play tells the story of the last Scottish witch-burning in 1727. Its debates on magic and power are rooted in the dynamics of a tiny, vividly drawn community.

Album: Lightning Dust, Infinite Light (Jagjaguwar)

Lightning Dust is the side-project of Black Mountain's Amber Webber and Joshua Wells – not that you'd guess it from listening to their second album Infinite Light.

Witch wanted: salary £50,000

A tourist attraction is advertising in the Jobcentre for a witch to live in one of its caves and is offering a £50,000 salary.

The Devil's Paintbrush, By Jake Arnott

The Game of Consequences is a fine generator of story: historical or literary personages can be slammed together for the sparks and banter. Most usually, the game slips into default setting and the plot consequence is that they Fight Crime. Less often, and more interestingly, imaginary conjunctions are the stuff of which a weird poetry is made, which illuminates both characters, and the age in which their careers can be made to overlap.

The Sonnets: 144

By William Shakespeare

The Devil Within, By Stephanie Merritt

"I've got to have something to hold on to," writes Anne Sexton in a poem forming the epigraph to this haunting memoir in which the turbulent world of emotion is described with admirable stylistic control. With a skilled touch, Merritt subtly unravels depression's "knot of contradictions", blending informative research with an insightful personal account in the vein of William Styron, Andrew Solomon, Lewis Wolpert and Elizabeth Wurtzel.

The Condition of the Working Class in England, By Friedrich Engels

To partner his biography, Tristram Hunt introduces a new edition of this shattering masterpiece of reportage by Marx's patron and sidekick.

Witch hunts, murder and evil in Papua New Guinea

A tide of torture and killing of innocent women linked to 'sorcery' and the 'dark arts' is overwhelming the nation's police. Ramita Navai, in Port Moresby, reports

Amol Rajan: Rote learning and Boris

It is one of the most deeply rooted superstitions on the Right in Britain today that only Tories believe in a thorough, rigorous academic education for all. This view has no basis in reality, and is one of those little voodoo dolls created by partisans (people on the Left do it too, of course) to give their fellow ideologues something to stick their pins into, and thereby cohere around.

Man accused of sucking blood from teen's arm cleared of assault

A university clerk accused of sucking the blood from the arm of a teenager he bit into has been cleared of assault.

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