Thai police show the remains of six foetuses wrapped in gold leaf

Briton arrested in Thailand after being found with six roasted human foetuses

A British citizen in Bangkok has been arrested after Thai police found six roasted human foetuses packed in his luggage.

12 dead in Thailand factory fire

A fire caused by explosions in one of the world's largest petrochemical industrial estates has killed 12 and injured more than 100 people in eastern Thailand.

Kitchen confidential: Nooror Somany Steppe

'My dream dining companion? Jennifer Lopez. I love her music'

Picture preview: Gideon Mendel – Drowning World

In an attempt to search for ways to show the world the effects of climate change through a Drowning World, Gideon Mendel's only other camera on his journey was, alongside the lives affected, paralysed by flood waters.

Shell tops bidding for Mozambique explorer Cove

The long and winding auction of the East Africa-focused oil explorer Cove Energy took another turn yesterday as the AIM-listed company recommended an increased £1.12bn bid from Shell.

Lee Westwood is delighted to raise the Indonesian Masters trophy

Westwood forced to play 32 holes in a day to defend crown

England's Lee Westwood successfully defended his Indonesian Masters title after completing 32 holes yesterday at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club.

We love: Great Scot - Jonathan Saunders' Miami-Beach inspired spring collection made the fashion pack's collective heart sing when it debuted on the catwalk. Now Matches has an exclusive on these pieces in aqua, indigo and sea-foam blue. Sigh. matchesfashion.com

The Fashion Audit: Jonathan Saunders, Plastic fantastic, Thakoon for NARS and Converse's block party

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

After five years in exile, Thaksin plots return to Thailand

Ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has told thousands of his supporters that he believes reconciliation is taking place in Thailand and that he could even return to the country in a matter of months.

Holy Jihad, from the inside: Timothy Mo

Pure, By Timothy Mo

Just past the halfway mark in Timothy Mo's seventh novel, his heroine – a strapping Bangkok ladyboy who has joined a company of bloodthirsty Islamist warriors – wanders through a serene orchard on an island close to Singapore. Snooky's jihadi platoon (sanook = fun in Thai) has halted for a brief rest en route to help the insurgent Moros of the Philippines as fellow holy warriors. She (and for all the unwanted testosterone that jungle warfare brings, Snooky's chosen pronoun never wavers) samples the fruit of the ebony tree. It is not dark and dense like the wood, but pale, delicate and enigmatic: "tart and sweet in the same mouthful, soft but crunchy... If marzipan dormice grew on trees... they would taste like this". If this moment smacks of Eden, and forbidden fruit, it also helps initiate Snooky into the mysteries of the jihadi pursuit, where darkness yields to light, stark contradictions resolve themselves, and chaste perfection grows from the crooked timber of humanity.

Simon Rogan, Chef, L'Enclume: 'I love my thermo blender. I use it to make flower paste'

My Life In Food: Simon Rogan, chef, L'Enclume

Simon Rogan opened L'Enclume in Cartmel, Cumbria in 2003. It has held a Michelin star since 2008. He has since opened a two-year, pop-up restaurant, Roganic, in London's Marylebone.

The world has been striving to eliminate malaria for 50
years and a huge global effort in the past five years has seen rates halved in many countries. Those gains
are now in danger of being reversed

Millions at risk as main malaria drug loses potency

Resistance to artemesinin was first detected in Cambodia in 2009, but has now spread 800km west

Bombs kill nine and wound at least 70 in southern Thailand

Nine people died and at least 70 were injured in a series of bomb explosions today in Thailand's Muslim south, the latest in a wave of violence blamed on separatists in a region bordering Malaysia, police and officials said.

Boston, Thailand, Sweden

Now... Boston break

Departing next Monday, Virgin Holidays has a three-night city break in Boston for £459pp. The price includes flights from Heathrow on 26 March and a room at the MidTown Hotel. Virginholidays.co.uk

Worachet Pakeerut was attacked for campaigning to liberalise Thailand’s lese majeste law

Thais cry foul as illegal criticism of King forges bitter divide

Activists say the law is unfair, unaccountable and has been used against political targets

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
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Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links