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Roberto Saviano: Author of 'Gomorrah' the book exposing the Naples mafia

He dared to expose the truth about the Naples mafia in a book that has been turned into an acclaimed film. Now he is facing death threats

Inside story: the art of the X-ray

Nick Veasey acquired his X-ray vision 15 years ago, while photographing a can of Pepsi for a TV stunt. "Pepsi was running a promotion in which one ring pull had a magic number on it worth £100,000," he explains, "so The Big Breakfast asked me to X-ray a can. At the same time, I X-rayed other things, and got bitten by the bug."

Supergrass - Britpop's jauntiest survivors grow up

They made their name as a happy-go lucky power-pop band. Supergrass have grown up, but have kept their energy. By Chris Mugan

Album: Counting Crows, Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings (Geffen)

In many ways, Counting Crows suffer from a Stateside version of the Supergrass syndrome.

Music review: Supergrass - Diamond Hoo Ha

Supergrass were on the scene back when Britpop was an exciting new era of UK music, rather than a derogatory term muttered in the same breath as Girl Power. In fact, much like that of the Spice Girls, this return to the spotlight smacks of trying to reclaim past glories.

Bertie Smalls: Armed robber turned supergrass

Bertie Smalls was one of Britain's most prolific armed robbers who, through an act of self-preservation, succeeded in changing the way in which the British police dealt with serious crime. After many years as a professional criminal, he helped create a legal precedent by giving up the cream of London's armed robbers in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

The 5-minute Interview: Gaz Coombes, musician

'I love to bake sweet cookies'

Bertie Smalls: Quiet death of the original supergrass

Bertie Smalls was never supposed to die of natural causes. A career criminal who collaborated in a famous bank robbery – and then helped the police send his accomplices to prison – he had a price on his head for the last three decades of his life

Supergrasses: Life on the run

Michelle Hogg, who gave evidence against her Securitas co-conspirators, now joins many others in the Witness Protection Unit. Michael Gillard reports

'You have to be a perfectionist'

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Britain accused of U-turn on public scrutiny of EU

Britain will face furious accusations of "betrayal" from its European neighbours today as the Foreign Secretary, Margaret Beckett, tries to water down moves the UK once championed to open EU law-making to public scrutiny.

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UK's railways are entering a new golden age

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Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

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