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

Polio on the verge of being wiped out, says minister

India has not had a new case of polio in nine months, raising hopes the country is on the verge of defeating the disease, health officials said yesterday.

De Ridder rides tothe rescue for Saints

Reading 1 Southampton 1: Championship leaders survive sending off and severe test from Reading

1493, By Charles C Mann

In my greedier moments, I often thank Mexican agriculture. As I adore avocados, tomatoes, chillies, maize tortillas, and cocoa-rich chocolate, my sensory experience of life would be much the poorer without all these Mexican foods. To think of diets in the long winters of this dank country before they were known is not pretty. How many turnip-laden gruels did anyone really want to eat? No wonder the Indian spice trade was so profitable, or that the Mexica used cocoa beans as a form of money.

First time for everything: Reiki

"Sometimes when people have this done for the first time it makes them need the bathroom," purrs my Reiki practitioner, Heidi. "So tell me if you want to stop for a break at any point." It is a less glamorous introduction to a treatment loved by the likes of Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman than I'd expected. I'm game, though.

Man who tried to trip stabbing suspect fears he'll lose benefits

The passer-by who tried to trip a fleeing youth moments after a man was stabbed at the Notting Hill Carnival has revealed he fears his bravery may cost him his disability allowance.

Notting Hill Carnival stab suspect in custody

A 16-year-old boy arrested after a man was stabbed at the Notting Hill Carnival remained in custody today.

Last Night's TV - Inside Nature's Giants, Channel 4; Shameless, Channel 4

Desert dissection's worth a closer look

Khodorkovsky pens graphic prison memoir

The jailed oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky has written a graphic account of his life behind bars in Siberian prison camps, including a stomach-churning tale in which he claimed an inmate cut himself open and threw his intestines at a guard.

Errors & Omissions: The stars of today would make Cary and Marlene turn in their graves

To take pleasure in watching people making fools of themselves is a form of cruelty akin to those 18th-century outings to Bedlam to laugh at the lunatics.

'Disturbing' rise in arrest deaths

Campaigners warned of a "disturbing trend" over fatalities from police confrontations today as investigations were launched into a man's death following a Taser shooting.

Bride heard 'awful scream' as shark hit

The widow of a man killed by a shark during their honeymoon in the Seychelles has described hearing his "awful scream", having been reassured earlier that there was no danger in the water.

Sugar In My Bowl Edited, By Erica Jong<br />With The Kisses of His Mouth, By Monique Roffey

Sex is both alluring and terrifying...sex is life" writes Erica Jong in her introduction to Sugar in My Bowl: Real Women Write About Real Sex. This anthology brings together a series of 29 short pieces by highly skilled women writers, written in various forms - fiction, memoir, dialogue and drawings. This weaving of fact with fiction expresses the way sexuality thrives on the cusp between body and imagination.

Patrick Swayze believed he'd beat cancer

Patrick Swayze was convinced he was going to beat his cancer.

Sarah Millican: Thoroughly Modern Millican, Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

What a year it has been for Sarah Millican.

Switzerland: Sky high in Interlaken

From jumping out of planes to mountain biking and canyoning, <b>Richard Madden</b> enjoys the thrill of Switzerland's spectacular Bernese Oberland region
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Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine