News 'Take two aspirin': Horsley, right, with Leonard Rossiter as Reginald Perrin

A gentleman player assured at both touching sincerity and twinkling comedy, John Horsley was a charming actor with plenty of strings to his bow, who played an adroit second fiddle throughout his 60-year career. A household face on television, he will best be remembered as Doc Morrissey, the quack severely in need of a doctor in The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1975), who showed enthusiasm for his work only when faced with secretaries who were feeling a touch chesty, and who prescribed "two aspirin" for anything and everything.

Bushfires continuing to wreak havoc across island state of Tasmania as 100 people remain unaccounted for

Whole state has been shaken by the disaster, which shows no signs of abating

€840m lottery lifts Spain's recession gloom

A lottery showered €840m (£680m) on ticket-holders in five regions of Spain yesterday in the midst of a deep recession and high unemployment.

Five-Minute Memoir: Andrew Kaufman recalls the day a friendship went wrong

The trip wasn't about celebrating Cinco de Mayo. I wasn't even sure what Cinco de Mayo was. Few people in south-western Ontario, the industrial heartland of Canada, did. All I knew for sure was that it was both American and Mexican, which seemed like an odd combination, interesting but potentially volatile.

The driver of the van, who was seriously injured, is treated at a hospital in Peshawar

Seven more victims of the Taliban war on education

Five women among the dead as gunmen open fire on van in remote region of Pakistan

Traffic in Delhi

Toll roads India style

Laptop bag in one hand and BlackBerry in the other, investment banker Saurabh Chawla slid into his black Mercedes-Benz one morning and headed to his job in the Indian capital.

Adam Lanza: His brother said he thought Adam had a personality disorder

Adam Lanza: A head full of video games and a house full of guns

Guns are one constant in the recurring massacres in America, whether they are in places of education like here in Sandy Hook or at Virginia Tech five years ago or much earlier in 1999 at the high school in Columbine near Denver, or in cinemas, places of worship or shopping centres.

Suburban sprawl: The outer reaches of south London

Greater London: The Story of the Suburbs, By Nick Barratt

An epic account of how Britain's capital city became the behemoth of greater London

Terry Waite today was on captivity in Lebanon for years

Twenty years after he was freed, Terry Waite makes his peace with Hezbollah

Former hostage meets captors during return to Lebanon

Amol Rajan: Open letter to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

What utterly wonderful news. You must be thrilled! Naturally the whole nation is chuffed for you. The letters of congratulation will come flooding in, the emails, tweets, royal Facebook messages with special elbow length white gloves, and so on. And deservedly so: even rascal republicans like me take delight in that most simple and superior of joys, the arrival of a new life on Earth, and find ourselves smiling at your blissful news.

Matt Dunham Royal winner

Rejoice! An open letter to dear Kate Middleton and Prince William, who are expecting their first child

Including a few tips on how to make the issue of their love appeal to the masses

Car bombs kill 34 in pro-Assad Damascus suburb

Two car bombs killed at least 34 people in a district of Damascus loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in the deadliest attack on the Syrian capital in months.

Workers return to the site of the burnt-out nine-storey garment factory where more than 100 people died

Dhaka workers demand action after factory fire

Thousands of angry textile workers demonstrated on the outskirts of Dhaka after a fire swept through a garment workshop at the weekend, killing more than 100 people in Bangladesh's worst-ever factory blaze.

Assad's brutal retaliation kills 10 Syrian children in cluster bomb attack

Rebels claim strike on school playground is proof of regime's use of controversial munitions

Doctors declare three-time world boxing champion Hector Camacho 'brain dead' after shooting

The former three-time world boxing champion Hector “Macho” Camacho is brain dead following a drive-by shooting, a doctor said yesterday.

UN-brokered ceasefire fails in Syria as casualties mount in continued fighting

Government warplanes and artillery struck suburbs east of Damascus while rebels attacked regime positions elsewhere near the capital today as violence marred the third day of what was meant to be a four-day holiday ceasefire, activists said.

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How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
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Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
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Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
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Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

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Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

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Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

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