Pandora: Time to give our MPs a break, says Iannucci

Quick! Call Malcolm Tucker – we've got someone going seriously off-message.

'Loyalist mob' injures 10 police officers during Portadown riot

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) last night defended tactics used in dealing with orchestrated violence in Portadown that has been blamed on loyalists and left 10 officers injured.

Matthew Norman: Online can be a bamboozling term

Reflecting on a week of unrelenting excitement even by his standards, an indelicate question poses itself about Rupert Murdoch. Is the old boy finally losing it?

Boxing: David slays Goliath to conquer world

Haye becomes first British heavyweight champion since Lewis by beating massive Russian in shock points victory

Album: Brett Anderson, Slow Attack (BA Songs)

Save for "Julian's Eyes", which brings a louche cabaret mood towards the end of the album, Slow Attack finds Brett Anderson in strangely pastoral mode, eschewing the sleazy outsider urban glamour which once obsessed his muse, in favour of brisk, improving constitutionals and reflections upon the changing seasons.

Album: Sting, If on a Winter's Night...(Deutsche Gram)

In which our lute-toting born-again curator of Early Music puts the Police comeback to bed and releases an album of broadly winter-themed songs which combine the words of dusty old scribes with the music of equally antediluvian composers.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame celebrates 25th birthday

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame celebrated its 25th birthday last night in the only way it knew how. By rocking out. Some of the biggest names in rock music including Sting and Bruce Springsteen graced the stage at Madison Square Gardens as part of the five hour concert. A further celebration is set to shake the prestigious venue tonight as the likes of Aretha Franklin and U2 provide birthday surprises.

Album: Sting, If on a Winter's Night... (Deutsche Grammophon)

Named after Italo Calvino's meta-fiction If On a Winter's Night a Traveller, this is Sting's second album for the German classical label, following his 2003 collection of lute music Songs from the Labyrinth.

Heroes and Villians, By David Hajdu

This meaty collection of musical essays ranges from Sammy Davis Jr via the Beach Boys to Philip Glass. The opening appraisal of the unfortunate Billy Eckstein, a singer and bandleader adored by Miles Davis, disinters a forgotten genius.

Album: Mr Hudson, Straight No Chaser (Mercury)

His executive producer Kanye West has been quoted as saying: "I believe Mr Hudson has the potential to be bigger than me, to be one of the most important artists of his generation", which sounds uncharacteristically generous of the thunder-stealing stage-jumper.

Rainforests: Prince Charles and Sting send an SOS to the world

Sting has lent his voice and his lyrics to a campaign spearheaded by Prince Charles intended to safeguard against the destruction of the world’s rainforests.

My Week: Stewart Copeland

When he wasn't promoting his new book, The Police's former drummer was composing the score for and narrating 'Ben Hur Live' in London

On the beat with the civilian detectives in Manchester

They've solved nine out of 10 murders in half the normal time, but not all police officers are happy

Revealed: huge bill for police informers

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) spends more on informants than almost every other police force in the UK, it was revealed today.

New demand for probe into first death of Troubles

The Police Ombudsman has faced calls to launch an investigation into the death of the first person killed in The Troubles.

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