Playing it by ear: Dan Skinner, Matt Berry, Bob Mortimer and Vic Reeves in 'House of Fools'

House of Fools: Reeves and Mortimer's big night in

Vic and Bob are back in BBC2's House of Fools. The duo explain why writing a sitcom was their biggest test yet

Postcard from... Dietramszell

Set in the wooded foothills the Bavarian Alps, the idyllic country town of Dietramszell is usually best known as a tourist attraction.

Five Scottish tattoo parlours will be offering free swastika tattoos

Scottish tattoo parlours to offer free swastika inkings in bid to 'reclaim' symbol

Event aimed at highlighting peaceful roots of symbol but anti racism campaigners have condemned the move

A neo-Nazi supporter bears the colours of the pre-World War I German Empire at a rally in Berlin

Neo-Nazis' model plane stuffed with explosives is seized by German police

German police have seized a bomb-loaded model plane they say neo-Nazis planned to use in an attack against left-wing activists.

A Possible Life, by Sebastian Faulks. Vintage , £7.99

Faulks’s new work is made up of two novellas, and three short stories. Their settings include a 21st-century laboratory, a Victorian workhouse and a 1970s recording studio.

Egypt court orders the closure of Al-Jazeera and three other television channels

The Al-Jazeera Egypt network, along with three other stations known to have covered Muslim Brotherhood protests have been told to stop broadcasting by an Egyptian court.

Tunisia's government said Mohammed Brahmi was killed by the same group as his fellow leftist Chokri Belaid
Henry Mulyana standing outside the Soldatenkaffe 'The Soldiers' Cafe' in Bandung

Owner to close Nazi theme cafe in Indonesia

The owner of a Nazi-themed café has decided to close it down amid intense pressure from home and abroad. Henry Mulyana, who ran the Soldatenkaffee in the West Java capital, Bandung, met local authorities on Monday, and tourism chiefs suggested he change the name and theme of the café.

Egypt unrest: Interim leader Adly Mansour seeks quick elections after bloodshed

Egypt’s interim head of state has set out a tentative timetable for new elections in a bid to curtail the bloodshed gripping the country.

Human rights groups condemn ‘political trial’ in UAE

Sixty-one convicted coup plotters received jail terms of up to 10 years in the United Arab Emirates after a trial that targeted Islamists and drew criticism from human rights groups.

Egyptian troops move to bases near cities ahead of protests

Troop reinforcements and armour have been brought to army bases near cities ahead of protests this weekend aimed at forcing the Islamist president out, security officials have said.

'No words can describe the heartbreak': Hundreds pay respects to murdered soldier Lee Rigby

Hundreds of people paid their respects to the dead soldier Lee Rigby this weekend as books of condolences were opened in his home town and other parts of the country. More than 400 messages flooded Rochdale council's website after a tribute page for the 25-year-old fusilier was set up on Friday.

Magda, By Meike Ziervogel. Salt Publishing £9.99

Magda Goebbels is a woman almost as infamous as Medea, and for the same reason: she murdered her children. The wife of Joseph Goebbels, she poisoned her five daughters and one son, then herself, in Hitler's bunker in the final days of the Second World War. Meike Ziervogel's debut novel imagines her motivations in scenes involving Magda, her mother and eldest daughter Helge.

French soldier killed in northern Mali says Hollande

President Francois Hollande says that a French soldier has been killed in a clash with extremists in a mountainous region of northern Mali.

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Police boss resigns after Hitler tweet

A deputy police and crime commissioner has resigned after a row sparked when she retweeted a quote by Hitler.

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'