News Dr Jose Manuel Mireles (third left), one of the leaders of the Michoacan vigilante group pictured with him. He has since been injured in an aircrash that could have been an attempt on his life

A vigilante militia is marching on the stronghold of The Knights Templar cartel in Michoacan, and attacking the police they accuse of protecting the gang. Can they rescue the failing state?

The Shard's view is a new joy, but taking the high ground has always elevated the senses

Plus: A four-letter word arrives on Radio 4 and the latest spin on a misused word

Feathered friends: Venice carnival-goers

The Hedonist: Behind the mask in Venice

What to see and where to be seen

Alcohol: Who do they drink they are?

What does a tipple say about its drinker? People are often guilty of making assumptions about people based on their beverage of choice, but what about the prosecutors of two men in Cameroon who have served a year in prison for homosexuality because their "guilt" was "proved" by the fact that they were drinking Baileys in a bar? At least my prejudices about drinks, listed below, aren't homophobic or likely to land anyone in prison.

Paperbacks: Married Love By Tessa Hadley

Lovestruck grown-ups dream of new futures

Barratt in 1996 with one of the company helicopters that famously featured in television commercials

Sir Lawrie Barratt: Building mogul who brought affordable homes to millions of Britons

Sir Lawrie Barratt was a businessman who made home-owning affordable for millions of Britons. The company he founded, Barratt Developments, now employs more than 4,000 people and has 25 divisions across Britain.

Six siblings died in the fire

Derby fire deaths: Mick and Mairead Philpott deny new manslaughter as murder charges are dropped

A couple accused of killing their six children in a house fire have denied charges of manslaughter.

Murder at Wrotham Hill, By Diana Souhami

This forensic study of a murder encapsulates the changing face of postwar Britain
All the wrong moves: Radio 1 DJ Vernon Kay

The Week In Radio: Vernon Kay is Strictly out of step with this dancing debacle

"It’s saturday morning and it’s just gone 10 o’clock,” bellowed Vernon Kay. “and we are here! We are here! We are live!” Where, Vernon? I bellowed back from my kitchen.

Harry Harper, who died in hospital in Telford, Shropshire

Baby killed by family's Jack Russell terrier died from head injury, say police

A week-old baby who was killed after being bitten by a dog died from a “significant” head injury, police said today.

Roberto Di Matteo faces up to defeat in Turin

A travesty for Roberto di Matteo: yet another Chelsea legend sacked at the whim of Abramovich

A blip is no excuse to sack a fine manager like this Italian

Reggie Watts, Union Chapel, London

Tonight he regales us with how Druids and Romans clashed in the time of Boudicca

IPCC condemn police failings over man who shot dead three women after being allowed to keep guns - despite complaints of domestic violence

A man who shot dead three women had been allowed to keep his guns by police despite complaints of domestic violence and then threatening to shoot himself, according to a report seen by the BBC.

Triple killer 'allowed to keep guns' despite complaints

A man who shot dead three women had been allowed to keep his guns by police despite complaints of domestic violence and threats to shoot himself, according to a report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission seen by the BBC.

Currie says: 'My greatest regret is not persuading my colleagues that eggs were a problem - I persuaded the public, but my colleagues thought I was the problem. They were wrong.'

My Secret Life: Edwina Currie, 65, author

'I want to cuddle Boris Johnson'

Derby fire: Parents deny murders

The parents of six children who died when a fire ripped through their home wept in court today as they pleaded not guilty to six counts of murder.

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Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine