Five officers hurt as marching season violence flares

Five police officers have been injured during violence linked to Northern Ireland's marching season.

Man shot in paramilitary-style attack

A man in his 20s was being treated in hospital today after being shot several times in a paramilitary-style attack in Belfast.

Album: Cassandra Wilson, Closer to You: The Pop Side (Blue Note)

While my inner grump insists that you really need to hear these tracks in the context of the original albums, where they're mixed with Wilson's own songs and other, less obvious fare, it's hard to get sniffy about this superior compilation. Her bare-wires and yearning vocal treatments of "Tupelo Honey", "Time After Time" and "Wichita Lineman" are among the best cover versions ever, and I can live with U2's "Love Is Blindness" and Sting's "Fragile" if I have to. "The Weight" doesn't work, though. Blue Light 'Til Dawn is the album to get.

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Terence Blacker: How, precisely, will Sting save the planet?

We are living through times which are rich with untapped satirical potential. Reptilian special advisers, crazed anonymous bloggers and rent-a-quote moralisers are all worthy subjects, but none is quite so deserving of the contempt of laughter than that great contemporary archetype, the ethical celebrity.

Republican killer's son held over murders

Second dissident suspect taken in after masked youths attack arresting officers

Sting sends out message in a bottle of red

For a musician whose vocal cords sound in need of cough mixture, Sting's latest commercial venture could prove most soothing. The singer and occasional lutist plans to sell red wine made from grapes grown on his organic farm in Tuscany later this year.

Album: Hille Perl, Lee Santana, Dorothee Mields, Dowland: In Darkness Let Me Dwell (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi)

It might not be evident in Sting's versions, but the music of the 16th-century composer John Dowland involved an appreciation of the way despair could be surmounted by its transformation into melancholy artistic expression.

Elton John, National Indoor Arena, Birmingham

Arch-revisionist and serial rehabilitator that I am, I'd normally be the last to cry "It's like punk never happened".

Sid Waddell: The Lynemouth Lip who always hits the target

He's the Voice of Darts but so much more – a sprint champion, Cambridge graduate, writer of a BBC1 hit... and singer with the Steaming Hot Gravyboatmen. Simon Turnbull meets Sid Waddell

My strange encounter with the world of tantric sex

My husband Phil and I are only recently married, so we're still in the intense stage of our relationship. But when I heard about Diamond Light tantric sex workshop, which claims to transform intimacy, I admit I was intrigued.

Surprise delivery: Skye Gyngell prepares lunch using fresh produce from Sting's farm

Last Saturday we held a lunch at the restaurant to celebrate the beautiful produce that is regularly supplied to us by Lake House Organics. Lake House is a farm owned by the musician Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler – it produces everything from lamb, pork, beef and chicken, to lovely little organic free-range eggs and a selection of the most wonderfully fresh seasonal vegetables, herbs and salad leaves.

Police poll urges change to 'no strike' law

Nearly nine out of 10 police officers are in favour of changing the law so they can strike, it was announced today.

Pandora: What's the buzz around IDS?

Hear that? Yep, silence. It's the sound of Iain Duncan Smith's bees. The former Conservative leader and self-styled "Quiet Man" of British politics has taken to bee-keeping for relaxation.

Study backs controversial DNA method

A controversial technique for obtaining DNA profiles from tiny samples is scientifically sound, an independent review concluded today.

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