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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

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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.

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.

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.

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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