Sport Peyton Manning broke Tom Brady's record for touchdown passes in a season

Devastated by injury and dumped by his beloved team, one of the NFL’s all-time great quarterbacks is back in business and breaking records

I have been abducted by aliens, says Japan's first lady

(Oh, and she also knew Tom Cruise in a previous life)

Hit & Run: Let your finger do the talking

The dig to the ribs by the guy next to her told Rose Schlossberg her great uncle's funeral procession probably wasn't the best place to be seen giving someone the finger.

Screen Talk: Partners in horror

New Line's US remake of the Guillermo del Toro-produced Spanish-language horror movie 'The Orphanage' will be directed by actor-producer-director Larry Fessenden.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver: Mental health campaigner who founded the Special Olympics

In 1962, Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her husband, Sargent Shriver, started a day camp on a Maryland farm. That first summer, 36 mentally handicapped children were cared for at the camp. Eunice Shriver realised that these handicapped children were better at sports than carers had previously realised.

Miliband defends 'patriotic' embassy worker facing jail

Iranian employed as political analyst denied access to his lawyer

Five Stylish Italian hotels

Historic architecture meets modern design in in these tasteful retreats. By Rhiannon Batten

An Englishwoman in Paris takes the Tribune into its digital future

Alison Smale, the most powerful British female editor overseas, tells Ian Burrell how her global paper has been made over in print and online

Something from the weekend: 16/02/2009

The Good...

Roberto Martinez

The Swans manager has his side knocking on the door of the Championship play-off places and pushing for a first FA Cup quarter-final since 1964. In Saturday's draw with Fulham, Martinez's men dominated, playing a fluent passing game that would grace the top flight. "Sometimes you don't get the results your performances deserve and today was one of those days," said the Spaniard. More of this and their day will come. Soon.

Reverse charge call: Scientists find a way to divert sex-crazed elephants

They behave like bull elephants on the rampage, because that is what they are. Now scientists believe they have come up with a plan to lure amorous male elephants in search of females back to the safety of the nearest nature park.

What's really in children's food

Tony the Tiger, Spongebob, Mr Messy – these friendly faces tempt children to make their own food choices. But are they the right choices? By Meg Carter

Can engineering the earth save it from catastrophe?

Fears that the world is not doing enough to cut carbon dioxide emissions are forcing scientists to "think the unthinkable" by taking seriously the idea that humans may have to alter the global climate artificially with mega-engineering projects.

Treatment advance for drug-resistant diseases

A new weapon has been developed in the war against drug-resistant diseases and it promises to result in more effective treatments for many of the most intractable illnesses, ranging from superbug infections to tuberculosis and cancer.

John Rentoul: Now it is when, not if, for Mr Brown

Labour MPs must grasp the nettle and press for a new leader, but who should they choose – and will it make any difference?

Letters: World food markets

Riots show how food markets fail to work for the poor
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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...