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Closure of gates causes fatal crush as thousands pay last respects to Muslim spiritual leader

Archbishop of York climbs aboard giant Noah's Ark

The Archbishop of York has inspected the final preparations for an event billed as Britain's biggest outdoor theatre production.

'A bit like Dawson's Creek': The Newsroom

TV: Instant reaction to The Newsroom

The critical mauling of The Newsroom in the US came as a surprise to followers of writer Aaron Sorkin. But the drama has now hit screens here and the reception has not been much warmer. The Telegraph called it a "peculiarly uncomfortable experience". The Times was only slightly kinder: "It was a bit like Dawson's Creek."

Album: Jan Garbarek, Dansere (ECM)

The music on this box-set reissue of three albums from the 1970s evokes what Michael Tucker, in his excellent sleeve essay, calls "floating tenderness".

Archbishop warns of 'majoritarian tyranny' in elected House of Lords

The Archbishop of Canterbury has spoken out against the House of Lords becoming an entirely elected chamber.

The Golden Temple in Amritsar

Row erupts over memorial to Golden Temple massacre

Controversy has erupted over plans to install a memorial in India's Golden Temple to Sikh militants and others killed during an infamous counter-insurgency operation.

Album: Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Americana (Reprise)

A collection of mostly folk standards that he might have sung in his Winnipeg youth, Neil Young's Americana applies grungy riffs and rolling-thunder drums to murder ballads and singalongs like "Clementine" and "This Land Is Your Land", stripping "Tom Dula" of Kingston Trio bonhomie, and replacing the jollity of "Oh Susannah" with an air of brooding menace.

Gothicka, By Victoria Nelson

In comics, novels and films, the modern cult of the 'New Gothic' reveals a keen hunger for non-religious rebirth.

Gunther Kaufmann: Actor who was a favourite of Fassbinder

The German-American actor Günther Kaufmann was brought to the screen by the director Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Dom Joly: Tweets to followers ratio too high? You may be a loony

My second week of hidden camera filming around the UK is over and it has taught me a lot about three of our most visited tourist towns.

Chairman of the Conservative party Baroness Warsi

Diary: Bad news for libel lawyers is good news for free speech

Two of the most notorious libel cases of modern times have involved defendants called Singh. Singh 1 was Simon Singh, an author and journalist who was sued by the British Chiropractic Association over an article that criticised what he described as bogus practices. After the case had dragged on for two years, three law lords warned that "this litigation has almost certainly had a chilling effect on public debate which might otherwise had assisted potential patients".

Just what exactly can we expect from Kratos in God of War: Ascension?

Across five games and through much of ancient Greece he’s wreaked havoc, but where should Kratos be heading now?

See the RSC's Written on the Heart for £35

Book now – 90 performances only. Limited season from 19 April

Archbishop of Canterbury makes appeal to the young

Young people's hostility towards faith is not as extreme as society perceives with many taking the issue of religion seriously, the Archbishop of Canterbury will say in his Easter sermon.

And relax: Rebecca Newman and Alan Dolan at his retreat Nazaret in Lanzarote

Take a deep breath: Discover the power of oxygen at a transformational breathing retreat

Lanzarote airport. Sugar-hyped children. Suntans. A smattering of leopard print. One lone female on a plastic seat, weeping. Reader, she was me, after an intensive breathing retreat.

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