Arts and Entertainment Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon singing 'The Sound of Silence'

'The voice is back', the singer said in a statement

Lena Melnikova: Dark rumours in a city suffering a nightmare of heat and smog

For weeks now, life in Moscow has been like living on the set of a Tarkovsky film. We haven't seen blue skies for ages – just various shades of a bright-greyish nightmare. But yesterday was the worst ever. I did not want to get out of bed to face another obnoxiously hot morning. Overnight, the wind blew more smoke in from the blazing forests and moors around the city. The smog settled among the trees and apartment blocks, obstructing the sun and views of distant buildings.

My Toughest Case: Dr Phil Hammond

‘The baby was 32 weeks and not breathing. I’d done six intubations, but never on my own’

Album: Otis Gibbs, Joe Hill's Ashes (Wanamaker)

Otis Gibbs has the kind of hoarse Woodbine croak that has you clearing your throat in sympathy, while his own blue-collar sympathies are clearly on display throughout Joe Hill's Ashes.

Locusts living in swarms 'develop bigger brains'

Desert locusts develop bigger brains when swarming due to the mental challenges of living in a crowd, scientists have learned.

Pic of the day: Glorious mud?

Amongst a throng of bodies daubed with sacred mud, a young Hindu boy raises his hands in quiet prayer. He is smothered in grey gloop – all that remains of a dried-up pond, which is believed to have healing powers.

Soham murderer's throat cut

Ian Huntley, the Soham Murderer, was last night undergoing emergency treatment after having his throat slashed by a fellow prisoner.

The transplant revolution

Medical breakthrough sees 10-year-old boy's stem cells used to grow donor organ inside his body

Killer on the run after hospital escape

A prisoner detained under mental health laws for slitting the throat of a butcher was being hunted by police today after escaping from hospital.

Howard Jacobson: Comedians have their uses when you're feeling low in Wolverhampton

I wanted to express gratitude to someone whose comic gifts I admired

Independent Appeal: Where talk isn't cheap

ActionAid, one of our appeal charities, is helping fund a school in Congo that teaches deaf children how to communicate.

Model's struggle after rape and acid attack

A model and aspiring TV presenter who had sulphuric acid thrown in her face has revealed details of her courageous battle to recover and pioneering surgery to treat her burns.

Leading article: Bob sleigh

Bob Dylan's charity album of Christmas songs has been released. And many of the critics have responded like Scrooge with a toothache. "Hark the throat-wrecked angel sings," scoffs one. "You don't know whether to wince or guffaw," seethes another. After hearing a few snippets on the Today programme yesterday, John Humphrys said it sounded "like a drunk had burst into King's College chapel on Christmas Eve".

Man jailed for life for murdering partner

A boyfriend who slit his partner's throat after being freed on bail for an earlier attack was jailed for life today.

£400,000 damages for family of woman who died in childbirth

The family of a woman who died in labour and never saw the son she had conceived after IVF treatment was awarded £410,000 damages today.

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