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Roy Hodgson is confident that the midfielder Zoltan Gera will become West Brom's third new signing of the summer – and the manager is also stepping up his search for a goalkeeper.

Davies tries to quash Forest promotion talk

Nottingham Forest 1 Newcastle United 0

Handy Lonergan keeps Albion at bay

Preston North End 0 West Bromwich Albion 0

St Ledger joins Middlesbrough

Preston have confirmed that defender Sean St Ledger has joined Middlesbrough on a three-month loan deal with a view to a permanent move in January.

Boy's 1985 sex killer identified

Police have identified the killer of a nine-year-old boy who was raped and strangled 24 years ago.

Jerusalem, By Patrick Neate

A bold satire of celebrity and multiculturalism

Leading article: Private schools, public responsibilities

The Charity Commission's latest ruling will send an uncomfortable jolt through the independent schools sector. Two private primaries, St Anslem's in Bakewell and Highfield Priory in Preston, have been told that they are not doing enough to justify their charitable status and need to give more access to disadvantaged youngsters. If the criteria that the Commission has used in this pilot are applied nationwide, a great many other schools across the country would be likely to receive a similar warning.

Virginia Ironside’s Dilemmas: Is it too soon after my wife's death to remarry?

Dear Virginia,

My wife died a year ago. She was only 35 and left me with our two young children. About six months after her death, I met a wonderful woman of 40 who has children of her own, and we decided to live together. I can never forget my wife, but life with my new love is amazing and the children all seem extremely happy. We have planned to marry in the autumn, but my late wife’s parents are openly hostile. They say it’s too soon and won’t come to the wedding. What can I do?

Yours sincerely, Ben

Gabrielle Preston: This is the moment to rethink our attitude to welfare claimants

As the stream of allegations about MPs' expenses continues to dominate the papers and infuriate the public, surely the Government should rethink its attitude to benefit claimants? MPs earn about £64,000 a year – significantly more when topped up by expenses. Modest compared with City salaries, it is wealth beyond the wildest dreams of people living on benefits.

Builder hits back at the Pub Landlord

Preston man lampooned by comic after they fell out over a patio threatens court action over jibes

Earnshaw double downs Preston

Round-up

The Monster of Florence, By Douglas Preston with Mario Spezi

After moving to Florence to write a novel, the American crime writer Douglas Preston made contact with Mario Spezi, a celebrated local crime reporter, to help him understand how Italian policemen tick. The novel went nowhere, but thanks to his friendship with Spezi he found himself with an inside track on the investigation into the horrific "Monster of Florence" murders.

Clough leaves Forest on survival watch

Nottingham Forest 1 Derby County 3

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Album: Angie Palmer, Meanwhile, as Night Falls, (Akrasia)

Fairytales, folk stories, enchanted forests and fiery lakes – so far so promising, as Angie Palmer's latest perfectly crafted offering gets a proper release in the January lull.

Travolta family returns to US with son's remains

The actor John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston have returned to Florida with the remains of their 16-year-old son, Jett, who died at the family vacation home in Grand Bahama.

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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