News Criminal mastermind: Henning Mankell

Mankell will document his battle with the disease for a newspaper column

Global warming ‘hiatus’ not set to last, says UN report

A “hiatus” in global warming so far this century is partly caused by natural climate variations and is unlikely to last, a draft UN report by leading climate scientists reveals.

Jonathan Brownlee receives bashing from Olympic champion brother Alistair

Triathlon: Jonathan Brownlee misses out and faces wrath of big brother Alistair

Jonny beaten by Spain’s Javier Gomez in sprint finish

Non Stanford celebrates her world triathlon championship success

Non Stanford crowned world triathlon champion after Grand Final victory in Hyde Park

British triathlete saw off American Gwen Jorgensen and Germany's Anne Haug as well as team-mate Jodie Stimpson to claim world championship

Jason Isbell

Music review: Jason Isbell, St Pancras Old Church, London

In country music, if daddy ain't a no-good son of a gun, then he invariably often acts as a font of wisdom, a tradition carried on enthusiastically by this Muscle Shoals, Alabama, native, who peppers his ballads with Pop's pithy saws. Indeed, not long after we hear about a young Jason Isbell being taught 'The right things's always the hardest thing to do' in "Different Days", then the solo artist performs a number built entirely on paternal apercus.

Portfolio: Hans Malm captures Gustavsberg's sense of loss in Sleeping with the Lights On

Situated 15 miles east of Stockholm, Gustavsberg's ceramics factory once employed the entire town, and was renowned worldwide for its exquisite porcelain. But that was half a century ago.

Mikael Marcimain’s Call Girl exposes the fantasies of paunchy politicians

Film review: Call Girl - Sweden's answer to Judie Dench gets down and dirty amid the pasties

The title Call Girl hits the screen in red neon 15 minutes into Mikael Marcimain’s film, followed by strippers grinding to jazz flute. Otherwise, don’t expect anything too lurid from this political thriller in which beige trench coats and rain on glass set the tone.

Wilfried Zaha made his England debut in Sweden on Wednesday

Roy Hodgson set to name Wayne Rooney in England squad despite striker's row with Manchester United

Wilfried Zaha will also be included, while Andy Carroll is injured and there are doubts over Jermain Defoe's fitness

Wayne Rooney is expected to comply if asked to play in Sunday’s Community Shield against Wigan

Wayne Rooney eyes move abroad if Chelsea deal falls through

With Europe's top clubs having already spent big this summer, the England striker's options would be limited if a move to west London falls through

The England manager is short of striking options

Roy Hodgson hamstrung by lack of fit England strikers

The England manager Roy Hodgson faces a shortage of fit strikers for his friendly against Scotland next week, with Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe and Andy Carroll officially injured and Daniel Sturridge only recently returned to first-team training with Liverpool.

Wayne Rooney

Transfer news: Wayne Rooney faces Manchester United dressing-room rift over Chelsea move as David Moyes considers stance

Ferdinand and Giggs angered by his desire to leave as striker misses Sweden trip with shoulder injury

Jose Mourinho said he is calm about signing Rooney

Transfer news: Manchester United confirm second Chelsea bid for Wayne Rooney has been rejected

The 27-year-old has expressed his desire to leave the club and latest development may see him hand in transfer request

The history of Segway Polo

Segway polo could only be described as a niche sport, invented by technology workers in Silicon Valley in the United States around 2003 - where a number of teams are still playing. The sport began when two Segway owners, Jonathan VanClute and Alex Ko, fashioned makeshift mallets from PVC piping and used them to hit a miniature beach ball in the park.

Castro pleaded guilty last week to hundreds of criminal charges to avoid the possibility of the death penalty

Ariel Castro sentenced to life plus 1,000 years in prison for abduction of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight

Judge insists on consecutive sentences for hundreds of counts, including kidnapping, rape and assault

Phil Jones

Phil Jones insists he is 'happy' at Manchester United despite utility role

The 21-year-old wants to be a centre-back

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links