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Something strange happened while I was watching the new series of US legal drama The Good Wife (More4) this week. I found myself humming the theme tune from Australian soap opera Home and Away. It was my unconscious mind's way of serenading new addition to the cast, Melissa George.

A Swedish pest control company has confirmed the discovery of sewer rats with an immunity to commonly used anti-rodent poisons. 

Poison-resistant sewer rats discovered in four Swedish cities

A Swedish pest control company has confirmed the discovery of sewer rats with an immunity to commonly used anti-rodent poisons. 

Should football be braced for the abolition of the transfer window?

Football set to challenge legality of window in move that could have Bosman-rule level of impact

Children should not start formal school lessons until they are six or seven, experts have warned

Children should not start school until age six or seven, experts warn

Children should not start formal school lessons until they are six or seven because of the “profound damage” the current education system is causing, a group of experts has warned.

The frontispiece for The Tiger in The Smoke conveys a sinister side to postwar London
Marc by Marc Jacobs a/w 2013

iStyle: School’s out

The pinafore is shaking off its classroom connotations this season  in favour of a more grown-up interpretation, says Holly Swayne

The only way is up: Men's average height 'up 11cm since 1870s'

Men have grown at the rate of approximately a millimetre a year and a centimetre a decade

Stay the Night: 180° Blue, Porthleven

Andy Lynes finds an idyllic location for a West Country break where great views, surf and food are all within reach

David Blunkett: The former Cabinet Minister has been blind since birth

Blunkett wants broadcasters to dub rather than subtitle foreign dramas

David Blunkett has called on broadcasters to dub more foreign dramas so that blind members of the audience like himself are able to enjoy imports such as The Killing.

The islands are famous for fishing and a rich Viking history

Denmark’s historic claim to the Faroes in doubt as archaeologists find proof that islands were inhabited before arrival of first Norse colonists

Discovery indicates existence of sea-faring northern Europeans before Vikings

"Parlez-vous français?" Probably not, as the number of modern languages students falls

The number of students taking modern languages at university fell by 12 per cent for 2012/13

Julian Assange delivers a statement on the balcony at the Ecuador Embassy on 19 August 2012

Julian Assange seeks WikiLeaks Party Australia Senate seat from confines of Ecuadorian embassy

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will attempt to win a seat in Australian Senate elections while still confined to Ecuador’s embassy in London.

'The Ghost Riders of Ordebec' by Fred Vargas; 'Alex' by Pierre Lemaitre

Well it is called noir... How French crime writers killed the competition

As the interest in Nordic detectives and killers wanes, publishers are looking across the Channel for the next wave of crime thrillers.

Kristian ‘Varg’ Vikernes was jailed in 1994 for murder and burning down churches

Musician and 'Anders Breivik sympathiser' Kristian Vikernes arrested in France for 'plotting massacre'

Authorities 'intercepted violent comments' on messages transmitted by Vikernes on the internet

New manufacturing figures will ease pressure on Mark Carney to pump more stimulus into the economy

A good first day for Mark Carney as UK manufacturing output hits 25-month high

New figures will ease pressure on Mr Carney to pump more stimulus into the economy

Orla Kiely House Wall Unit, £2,000, uniqueandunity.co.uk

iStyle: Colourful chambers of secrets

Storage is coming out of the shadows with a blaze of bright boxes and chic cupboards, says Trish Lorenz

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee