News Less than a fifth of race hate complaints are investigated by police

Community leaders say they no longer trust police to investigate offences as fewer than two out of 10 allegations of race hate are followed up by officers

Richard Nieuwenhuizen died from severe head injuries

Trial begins of eight accused in killing of Dutch linesman

One of the players, who was wearing football boots, was reported to have stood on Richard Nieuwenhuizen's head during an Amsterdam youth football match

Jonny Wilkinson 'falls into the elite category of rugby players'

Hairy moment for tiger Ty as football-sized furball is removed from his stomach

A cat getting a hairball is not usually a life-threatening situation, unless the cat in question is a 27-stone Serbian tiger, and this particular hairball is the size of a football.

Ariel Castro is arraigned at Cleveland Municipal Court in front of judge Lauren Moore

Cleveland kidnappings: Ariel Castro may face death penalty over forced miscarriages

If proven the miscarriage claims could lead to murder charges

Dental nurse ‘tried to poison boss’

A dental nurse tried to poison her boss out of “spite or revenge” after receiving warnings about her poor performance, a court has heard.

An ambulance in France

French cancer patient saves paramedic after heart attack

After his story makes the national news, Christian Nayet insists his actions were 'human, not courageous.'

Before The Party by Rodney Ackland
based on a story by Somerset Maugham
directed by Matthew Dunster

Theatre review: Before the Party, Almeida, London

Sheer, spiky bliss

A new genre of literature

Bonnet rippers: a new kind of romantic fiction

This week I learnt about a new genre of literature. In a fascinating article in the LA Review of Books, writer Valerie Weaver-Zercher explored the growing popularity of Amish romance novels (including the ones pictured). The headline? Bonnet Rippers. I LOVE it. An update on the bodice ripper, but so much more chaste.

Sinn Fein chief Gerry Adams (r) has revealed his passion for teddy bears, cupcakes and flowers, in a series of unexpectedly domestic posts on Twitter

Gerry Adams reveals his passion for teddy bears

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has revealed his passion for teddy bears, cupcakes and flowers, in a series of unexpectedly domestic posts on Twitter.

Sandra Layne is accused of murdering Jonathan Hoffman, 17, in May last year

75-year-old American Sandra Layne accused of shooting her grandson dead

Jonathan Hoffman, 17, was shot five times

Skiing: Maze secures World Cup win

Tina Maze clinched the overall World Cup when she won a women's super-combined event yesterday. Fastest in the morning downhill, the Slovene secured her position in the afternoon slalom for her ninth win of the season.

DVD & Blu-ray review: On the Road (15)

Walter Salles DVD/Blu-ray (124mins)

Harriet Walker: The Avocado app knows if you're faking

I found out recently – that is, somebody told me and I believed them but haven't yet checked the veracity of the statement, either on Google or with my friend who knows about stuff like this – that avocados grow in pairs. And not only do the trees like to hang out next to one another, their fruit develops à deux too. This is one helluva lovey-dovey piece of flora.

The Salvador Dalí retrospective at the Pompidou Centre in Paris has now become the most popular exhibition in the Centre's history

Pompidou's Dali exhibition inspires artist's favourite hotel

Just look out for the lobster

A Valentine's Day message from Doctor Love: is your relationship doomed?

A quick test for you and your partner

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada