Jo Swinson has criticised the media focus of the Duchess of Cambridge's post-birth weight

Duchess of Cambridge's weight should not be media focus, says minister

Jo Swinson, minister for women and equalities says Kate is expected to meet 'impossible standards' to lose weight after birth

China's police, controlled by the Ministry of Public Security, are notorious for human rights abuses

China's secret police to take part in UK seminar - and no mention of human rights allowed

Seminar for officials to be held at Cambridge University features 24-member delegation from notorious Ministry of Public Security

Matthew Green was treated for his heart condition at Papworth hospital, Cambridgeshire

Man able to live for two years with artificial heart

Matthew Green, 42, survives with an external blood pump after the removal of his own diseased heart

About 80 British soldiers travelled to Sangin to fight Taliban insurgents with the Afghan National Army (ANA), just months before it takes full control of security in the country.

British troops return to Sangin after request from Afghan army

The mission required special permission from Defence Secretary Philip Hammond

David Cameron has a lot more followers than he has posted on Twitter - but that is not the case for everyone

If an MP tweets and nobody hears...

Parliament's most prolific Twitter users ranked, and they might not like the results

Scientists discover the molecule responsible for causing feelings of depression

Protein receptor is found to release hormones that can cause anxiety and depression

JK Rowling: the top storyteller of her generation will appear, like a seraph descended from heaven, to meet her public

JK Rowling donned an invisibility cloak for bestselling novel ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’

She's only gone and cast a Bedazzling Hex on herself!

What the Sunday Papers said

The Independent on Sunday: Cameron advisor joins US giant 

The Harry Potter creator authored another book under a man's name - and it has now become a bestseller

The Cuckoo’s Calling, by 'Robert Galbraith': JK Rowling's secret bestseller

Crime novel won universal praise from critics when it came out in April

Operation Elveden detectives to contact 419 suspected victims of bribery by journalists

Victims believed to include the Duchess of Cambridge, Paul Gascoigne, and a number of infamous murderers

A third of married women in their 20s have kept their maiden name, according to a study by Facebook

Embracing feminism? More women keeping maiden name after marriage, says Facebook study

But only 4% hyphenated surname with husband's

The Sunday Times claimed a victory for press freedom

Newspaper wins fight to call businessman a crime boss

David Hunt sued the paper over a 2010 article that alleged he ran a criminal network 'so vast that Scotland Yard regards him as ‘too big’ to take on'

Teenage girls shot in Pakistan were murdered for 'making video of themselves dancing'

The initial police investigation has suggested the attack was carried out against the girls by their step-brother, who is now believed to be on the run

Cows which have tested positive for tuberculosis have been sold for human consumption

Cows infected with TB sold for human consumption, says Defra

The meat is reportedly banned by most supermarkets and burger chains

Rupert Murdoch's six-month wait to appoint Times and Sunday Times editors nears end

The six-month stand-off over the appointment of the editors of The Times and Sunday Times looks to be nearly over.

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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

Michael Calvin's Last Word

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