Coroner avoids suicide verdict in Bridgend inquest

A coroner today decided against recording a verdict of suicide on a "happy-go-lucky" son found hanging in the family garage.

Point-to-point: Return to Cottenham will put Bell Rock back on the right track

The recent rain has come in the nick of time especially for Cottenham today where, despite 14mm since Sunday, the going is still good to firm. The fast surface should enable Bell Rock (1.55) to record his fourth course success in the ladies' open after a hit-and-miss start to the season. Bell Rock unseated regular rider Emily Jarvis at the fourth on his reappearance at Badbury Rings last month and then never looked like catching Beet De Bob at left-handed Higham. However, he is much happier going clockwise and was unbeaten in three outings last season – all of them at Cottenham. Galesbob (2.40), most impresssive at Didmarton a fortnight ago, can follow up at Siddington today.

John Rentoul: Let multiculturalism speak for itself

The country's future is too important to be lost in loose talk about race. It's time to address population stability in plain English

Churchill and Eden: their struggle

Forget the great statesman's reputation as an unassailable colossus: cabinet diaries published today reveal his final months were a time of fierce rivalry

James Purnell: You Ask The Questions

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions answers your questions, such as 'Will the attack on benefits continue?' and 'Have you been late for any more photos?'

Point-to-Point: Barber's runners look razor sharp at Larkhill

Richard Barber should again be the man to follow at Larkhill today where Oracle Des Mottes (1.15) can repeat his recent course success in the ladies' open. The nine-year-old missed last season but looked in superb condition for his comeback three weeks ago and had only to be shaken up on the run-in by Rachael Green to beat Raregem, who is entered again.

Gardening: Rituals and victuals

Mutinous reindeer, angel factories and tussles over meal times Anna Pavord remembers the spirit of family Christmases past

Leading article: Badges of dishonour

The massacre at Srebrenica 11 years ago is regarded not just as the most shameful episode in the civil war that followed the break-up of Yugoslavia, but as Europe's single worst atrocity since the Second World War. It is also one of the most shameful failures in the history of international peacekeeping. Those who were entrusted with protecting this Bosnian Muslim enclave failed in the most comprehensive way possible to accomplish what they had been sent to do.

Caught between disasters, Javan villagers brave erupting volcano

"Am I nervous?" asked Heru Suparwaka, watching the needle of the seismograph sketch a crazy route across the page, accompanied by a high-pitched whine. "Of course I'm nervous."

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Hulse's hat-trick lights up the empty spaces of Elland Road

Key silences the doubters

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