Sport Leighton Baines

Everton furiously rejected United's approaches for the England defender last summer and hope to tie down his future after a breakthrough in negotiations

Daniel O'Donnell: My wife's breast cancer is gone

Irish singer Daniel O'Donnell has said his wife's cancer is "gone", less than three weeks after urging fans to pray for her.

Sicilian mafia boss Domenico Rancadore has been arrested in London after 19 years on the run.

From Sicily to suburbia: Mob boss Domenico Rancadore arrested in west London after 19 years on the run

Italy says man arrested in west London after 20 years on the run was a key player in Sicily’s Cosa Nostra

Heathrow is set for its busiest day of the year so far

The Great British getaway: Heathrow dealing with two passengers a second as millions head for summer holidays

New York JFK is top destination with  Dubai overtaking Edinburgh as runner-up

Budget airline easyJet axes allocated seating – then reinstates it after passenger fury

Thousands of holidaymakers who had paid for allocated seats on easyJet flights were told they would instead have to join a free-for all.

A colour enhanced MRI image of the brain shows one of the theories into what may be the chemical basis for Schizophrenia. Researchers have found reduced receptors for dopamine in the brain (areas colourized)

We need to change the way we talk about schizophrenia

If we only ever talk about schizophrenia in the context of a violent murder, is it any surprise that the public think people with mental illness are dangerous?

Coronation Street actress Liz Dawn recovering after heart attack

Coronation Street actress Liz Dawn who became a household name as Vera Duckworth has suffered a heart attack, it has been reported.

Bradley Wiggins on his way to victory in the opening stage time trial of the 2010 Giro d’Italia

Bradley Wiggins and his love-hate affair with the Giro d'Italia

Brit 'despises' the Giro as it's so crazy – and that's why he wants to win it so badly

Can't we enjoy our food without a photo shoot?

Nowadays the primary satisfaction of a good meal seems to be sharing it online

'Money' by Seba Kurtis

Photography book review: Kif, By Seba Kurtis

Much of the work of the Argentinean photographer Seba Kurtis has been about the social and cultural effects of economic migration, and is informed by his personal experience of being an illegal immigrant.

The Great Escape: Busiest travel weekend of the year so far gets off to shaky start

In the build-up to Easter, the travel industry has talked up the number of British travellers seeking sun abroad after the coldest March in 50 years

New Horizons: Upmarket to Tenerife

Arrivals & departures

Family of British grandmother stabbed to death and beheaded in Tenerife knife attack come face to face with killer as trial gets underway

Dean Valentinov Deyanov beheaded the British grandmother and ran into the street with her severed head shouting "God is on Earth"

Simon Calder: There is no real connection between the Thomson Majesty and the Costa Concordia disaster

Five lives have been tragically lost during a routine drill in the port of Santa Cruz, but this sad event is an industrial accident, not a calamity threatening all on board.

Half-term escape: the One&Only Royal Mirage in Dubai

My life in travel: Robbie Savage

‘Whether flying fish or snails, have a go’

€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.

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas