News Danger at sea: Somali pirates preparing to attack ships in the Gulf of Aden in 2010

Review into the quantity of guns sent to help UK firms after fears that some will end up in the wrong hands

Jarvis Cocker revealed his nocturnal habits

Jack London's People of the Abyss, Radio 4, Monday
Wireless Nights, Radio 4, Thursday

Out of the abyss of poverty and into the dark night of the soul

Hugh Grant is the voice of the Pirate Captain in Aardman Animations' <i>The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists</i>

The Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists, Peter Lord (U)
Wrath of the Titans, Jonathan Liebesman, (12A)

Avast me hearties! It's Hugh Grant, a dodo, and treasure in every frame

A scene from Aardman’s 'The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists'

Ahoy! Meet the real-life pirate scientist 300 years ahead of Aardman

Steve Connor discovers uncanny parallels between a swashbuckling pioneer and a new animated hero

The Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists (U) / Wrath of the Titans (12A) (4/5, 2/5)

Voices: Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, Imelda Staunton, Brian Blessed

Rupert Murdoch and his son James feel the pressure against their TV empire

Scandal spreads to Murdoch TV empire

Allegations of corporate espionage in satellite broadcasting may attract unwanted attention from US authorities

Judith Tebbutt was freed by Somali pirates on Wednesday after being held in captivity for six months

EU's anti-piracy mission will attack Somali land targets

The European Union has agreed to expand its mission against Somali pirates and will allow military forces to attack land targets in Somalia, in a significant escalation of operations in the Horn of Africa.

Daniel Howden: If money's the motive, maybe it's the solution, too

>The various military solutions to Somalia's crisis have achieved little or nothing

Punchy: Ambra Vallo with Chi Cao in 'The Two Pigeons'

Spring Passions, Coliseum, London

In Daphnis and Chloë, the dancers of Birmingham Royal Ballet wind in chain dances to Ravel's shimmering score. As they twist and sway, there's a sensuous ripple to their shoulders, as if they feel the warmth of the Mediterranean sun on their skin.

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Birmingham Royal Ballet, London Coliseum

In Daphnis and Chloë , the dancers of Birmingham Royal Ballet wind in chain dances to Ravel’s shimmering score. As they twist and sway, there’s a sensuous ripple to their shoulders, as if they feel the warmth of the Mediterranean sun on their skin.

Nick Clegg greets Liberal Democrat MP Jo Swinson yesterday as she arrives at the party’s spring conference at The Sage, Gateshead

The Barber of Seville, English Touring Opera, Hackney Empire

English Touring Opera shows often embody the old adage about necessity and invention. Portability is the key: their sets must fit in the back of a van, and be shoehorned into a wide variety of spaces.

Israeli troops swoop on Palestinian TV stations

Israeli troops raided two private Palestinian television stations in the West Bank city of Ramallah yesterday, seizing transmitters and other equipment.

Top gun: Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in 'The Walking Dead'

This is the life

Jack Davenport and Andrew Lincoln are among the British actors wowing audiences in the US. By Sarah Hughes

Fairfax in 1969 with 'Britannia' at King George V Dock in London before his epic lone voyage

John Fairfax: Adventurer who became the first man to row solo across the Atlantic ocean

John Fairfax, self-styled "professional adventurer," fulfilled a boyhood dream when he became the first recorded person to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1969.

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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

Michael Calvin's Last Word

How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us