Chinese journalists suspended for reporting train disaster

Evidence of the crash was buried and newspapers were told to restrict reports to officially sanctioned or good news

Hundreds left stranded on trains after body on tracks

Hundreds of passengers were stranded on trains, some for more than four hours, after a body was discovered on a railway line.

Blaggers must be jailed, says Information Commissioner

Blaggers who obtain and sell private information such as medical records, bank statements and ex-directory telephone numbers should be jailed for up to two years, the Information Commissioner said.

Boardrooms are treading the boards

Setting a play in an office can make for a good bottom line. Time to put a suit and tie on, says Michael Coveney

WH Smith bets on travel to ease its high street woes

WH Smith posted another fall in sales yesterday, but the magazine and stationery retailer said the pace of declines had eased. It added that its profit margins had improved as a result of cost-cutting.

The Railway Children, Waterloo Station, London

When half the drama of a production is provided by the breathtaking set and innovative use of space, as it is in Damian Cruden's revival of The Railway Children, the actors might be expected to sigh in relief at having their burden lifted somewhat. When the audience is already gasping in wonderment at the fabulous set, it is a lot easier to keep the magic alive when the curtain lifts.

Rocking motion fosters deep sleep, study claims

If you need a nap, get a hammock. You will nod off quicker and sleep more deeply, researchers say.

Q: Is it a bird? Is it a plane? A: Neither – it's a microdrone

The enemy might look up and ask if it's a bird, a plane or Superman. Soon, however, it might be a mechanical insect with flapping wings, transmitting sound and images back to commanders in the United States. And if it's not zipping through the air it could instead be perching quietly on a window sill near you.

Mercedes unveils new M-Class

Mercedes has unveiled its third-generation M-Class SUV. While the company has opted for gentle evolution where the latest M’s appearance is concerned, there are several technical improvements aimed in particular at improving economy and emissions. Fuel consumption is reduced by an average of 25 per cent across the range.

Sales boom for pens and paper points to 'snail mail' revival

Surge in stationery sales as Britons increasingly opt for the personal touch over phone or email

For the real man in your life

From rubber ducks to BBQs, this year’s Father’s Day bestsellers are both bizarre and brilliant, learns Annie Deakin.

Simon Carr: All Ed really lacks are the qualities that make a good prime minister

Sketch: He needs perhaps just a tad more character, personality, poise, certainty, eloquence, precision, charm, wit, reach, grasp, grace, definition, depth...

Dragon takes the plunge into lingerie

Theo Paphitis tells Laura Chesters why he is making a second foray into the women's underwear sector
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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project