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 seven ages of love: 30s

It's a Saturday afternoon and I've been cleaning the kitchen listening to Bonnie Tyler's "Holding out for a Hero". "Where have all the good men gone, and where are all the gods? Where's the streetwise Hercules to fight the rising odds?" My lodger comes in and purses his lips, Mrs Danvers style. He's getting a little fed up of playing the gay best friend. I turn off the music with suitable shame. "You don't need a hero, Joy. You need a nice boy who wears Converse boots and listens to music," says my lodger. "Is it really that difficult?"

'Kebab shop owner' held in terror raid

A suspected terrorist was arrested yesterday in a raid on an executive home in a village in Kent. The man, believed to be in his 40s, was held after police surrounded the £325,000 property on a new-build estate in Hawkinge, near Folkestone, at 8am. Kent police said he was detained on suspicion of "being engaged in the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism".

Sex doctor: Seduction - the easy way to do it

How do you get someone into your bed? There is no universal answer, but you could do a lot worse than follow these basic steps.

Kate Nash, Corn Exchange, Edinburgh

Despite Kate Nash's considerable talents, there does lurk the suspicion that even many of her devotees must be getting fed up with her.

David Prosser's Outlook: Another tax policy reducedto rubble

So it appears landlords have begun to call the Government's bluff. Swingeing cutbacks to the reliefs on business rates available to owners of empty commercial and industrial buildings, introduced earlier this year, are expected to raise £950m in additional tax revenues by next April. It is hardly surprising that, as we report today, landlords are seeking to avoid the extra charges.

Book Extract: Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey

Frey's first novel tells the story of LA and the lost souls who live there

New airship provides capital view

A unique view of London and its famous landmarks is being offered to the public – by airship.

You Write The Reviews: The Pilgrim's Progress, Sadler's Wells, London

This year is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the works of the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, 50 years after his death. Packed concert schedules allow us to reassess the "cow pat" composer (or, according to Classic FM's polls, Britons' favourite composer). The culmination of these celebrations is the Pioneering Pilgrim series by the Philharmonia under the conductor Richard Hickox, which includes all nine symphonies and The Pilgrim's Progress, the greatest, most complex and the least stageable of Vaughan Williams's operas.

St Helens 58 Bradford 20: Hargreaves hat-trick adds insult to injury-hit Bradford

St Helens ran away with the game in the final quarter to make it 10 wins on the trot in all competitions.

Malaria: a miracle in the making offers hope to millions worldwide

The lives of more than a million children who die each year from malaria could be saved by a new technique for making a drug based on an ancient Chinese herbal remedy first used more than 2,000 years ago.

Letters: Closing post offices

Fewer post offices, but still plenty of thoughtless bureaucracy

Richard Downes: Large schools aren't such a bad thing

The size of schools has become a hot issue in recent weeks. The Conservatives have jumped on the bandwagon, and press comment appears to support the notion that big schools are bad for pupil behaviour and exam performance. The critics argue that few "titan schools" make it into the top 500 secondary schools in the league tables, and that discipline, behaviour and expulsion rates are worse than in smaller schools. I am chair of governors of a titan school – an adjective now sadly likely to become a pejorative description of failure within the education system – and I don't recognise my school at all in this analysis.

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Inca archaeologist who revealed the secrets of Huánuco Pampa

Performance in Paris persuades Henry to sign for four more years

The youngsters in the team, the fans, the manager and even London itself - Thierry Henry claimed yesterday that they were all factors in his decision to stay at Arsenal, but it was not, he insisted, about the money. The Premiership's most celebrated player finally brought an official end to more than a year of doubt over his future by pledging to stay at Arsenal for the rest of his playing career.

My Home: Lucy Neal, co-founder of the London International Festival of Theatre

In a quiet south London street, two semis combine to create a large and theatrical space
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Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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