News Aloni in 1992, the year she formed the Meretz Party

Shulamit Aloni was a legislator who championed civil rights and was fiercely critical of her country's treatment of Palestinian. Born in Tel Aviv between the wars, she was descended from Polish Jewish rabbinical families. Her life, as a fighter for equality and human rights, and her failure to change Israel's materialistic and paternalistc attitudes, closely reflect the troubled history of the Jewish state.

Jeanne Vertefeuille: CIA officer who unmasked the spy Aldrich Ames

She was, at first glance, the classic little old lady. Jeanne Vertefeuille, brought up as an only child, never married. She lived alone in a modest apartment and invariably walked to work. She might have been a librarian, a clerk, or a quiet pillar of her local church community. In fact she led the team that unmasked the most damaging mole in the history of the CIA.

The Silence of the Sea, Trafalgar Studios 2, London

In Occupied France, a German officer is billeted on the coastal home of an old man and his niece. They resist with the only weapon that they have at their disposal – total silence.

Five-minute memoir: Jenn Ashworth recalls the day of her full-immersion baptism

My mum, in consultation with our bishop, decided to postpone my baptism until after I got home from Brownie camp. Mormons like to baptise their children as soon as possible after their eighth birthday, which is when they start to become accountable for all their wrongdoings. I'm a mid-August baby and my baptismal certificate is dated 9 September, 1990. I remember mum telling her friends (I wonder why she was asked?) that the postponement was to do with her wanting to make sure that the excitement about Brownie camp was "out of my system" before the baptism.

Millionaire measures up Downton Abbey tailor

The hedge fund multi-millionaire Pierre Lagrange and his partner, the Mayfair-based designer Roubi L'Roubi, have snapped up one of Savile Row's most famous names.

New owners bring hedge fund money and design skills to Savile Row tailor Huntsman

The hedge fund multi-millionaire Pierre Lagrange and his partner, the Mayfair-based designer Roubi L'Roubi, have snapped up one of Savile Row's most famous names.

J.W. Anderson creations are presented at the London Collections: Men yesterday

Scots invade the catwalk as men's designers enjoy a final fling in London

Lambswool and tartan featured as fashion week wraps up

Fluffy and fun: A model on the catwalk during the Sibling show at the London Collections: MEN AW13

Sibling brings fluffy and fun knitwear to the London Collections: Men

London's punk knitters, Sibling - or rather the trio behind the name: Sid Bryan, Joe Bates and Cozette McCreery - looked to New York for inspiration for their autumn/winter collection.

Men In Black III and Skyfall top list of 2012 releases containing gaffes and errors

Read some of the best continuity blunders from MIB3, Skyfall and The Dark Knight Rises

Sarah Crowe pictured with her son, Dominick, and daughter, Kiera, in 2002

‘I wouldn’t let my children play with toy guns. In the Congo, theirs is a world of Kalashnikovs’

I have witnessed young lives torn apart after being recruited into brutal militias. The Independent’s Charity Appeal will help give former child soldiers their childhood back

Paperbacks: Accabadora By Michela Murgia

Set in 1950s rural Sardinia, Murgia's prize-winning novel is steeped in the atmosphere of another time and place.

Red devils: Valentino with models wearing his dresses

Valentino Garavani: The man who turned fashion into an art form

Christina Patterson is wowed by a Valentino show but hates his world

David Cameron announced plans to force internet providers to bring in new porn filters for any households with children present

Filth and fury: David Cameron’s U-turn on online porn

Cameron described online pornography as a “silent attack on innocence”

The only thing better than Bradley Wiggins at SPOTY was his suit

Wiggins dresses for success: A suit with personality

The only thing better than Bradley Wiggins at SPOTY was his suit. Rebecca Gonsalves picks at its seams

IK Gujral: Politician who improved India’s foreign relations

Even the warmest admirers of Inder Kumar Gujral would concede that when it emerged he had been chosen to be India’s 12th prime minister he was as surprised as anyone. Indeed, one recent report suggested that when he was told he had been selected to replace HD Deve Gowda, he was almost overcome by an anxiety attack.

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Has The Archers lost the plot?

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Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

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League system no longer measures up

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Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

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