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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The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
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'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

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New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
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Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
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Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

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This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine