Athlete Oscar Pistorius weeps in court in Pretoria at his bail hearing in the murder case of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

After Oscar Pistorius weeps in the dock, family insists he is no murderer

Court hears Reeva Steenkamp was shot through bathroom door as details of tragic scene emerge

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift's break-up song most popular karaoke tune on Valentine's Day

Love was clearly not in the air for everybody on Valentine's Day after a poll showed Taylor Swift's break-up hit "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" was the most popular song for karaoke fans yesterday.

South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp

Reeva Steenkamp: Glamour model, law graduate, and girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius

The Paralympic athlete's girlfriend was pronounced dead yesterday after being shot repeatedly at Pistorius' home

Oscar Pistorius launches out of the blocks during last year’s Paralympics

Chris McGrath: Murder accused Oscar Pistorius - another fallen idol mocks our hunger for demi-gods

It is almost as though we discover some calculated gratification in our 'disillusion'. Say it ain't so, Joe... only don't

A Valentine's Day message from Doctor Love: is your relationship doomed?

A quick test for you and your partner

As if the other Jeremy was in the hot seat!

The speed and voracity of concocted rage, and “bullying” claims, is startling

A photo issued by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory of a planetary nebula Sh2-174 which gives the appearance of a red rose - or maybe a tulip - but is actually the remains of a dying star some 1,000 light years away

Roses are red, one star is blue - even astronomers' romance shines on through

It seems that even astronomers have a romantic side.

Richard Clayderman plays to the reptiles in the hope of getting them in the mood

'Prince of Romance' Richard Clayderman called in to encourage tortoises to mate for Valentine's Day

Richard Clayderman, who has been called the 'Prince of Romance', has likely had many odd requests during his successful career as a musician, but surely none as strange as this.

New poncho cagoule from Folk, in a delicious lobster hue

The Fashion Audit

We love… Devinely Gray

Staying power: This year will see Deborah Moggach go from a hotel in India to a Welsh B&B

IoS books preview of 2013: Moggach finds us a new place to dwell

The 'Exotic Marigold' author follows up on her runaway film-adaptation success of 2012 with the equally funny and wise 'Heartbreak Hotel'

Deals of the week: Istanbul, Barcelona, Borneo

Less than £200... Three nights in Istanbul for £199pp. The Flight Centre deal is valid from 1-23 March, so good weather isn't guaranteed, but the souks and spice market will be as enticing as ever. Includes B&B at the Balin Hotel with Alitalia flights from Heathrow via Rome. Book by 21 Dec. Flightcentre.co.uk

One of the Crazy Horse burlesque dancers models the range

Underneath it all: Crazy Horse inspired intimates

Designer Marios Schwab has joined up with Asos to create a new line of intimates

Are the internots missing out? Or are we?

Statistics: Who are these Internots?

There's a startling new figure from the Office for National Statistics: 7.63 million adults in the UK have never used the internet. That's 15 per cent. So who the devil are these technophobic weirdos who have never gone online? Roughly half, it seems, are over-75s and/or defined as disabled, and not in a position to use a computer. But the others? We're so accustomed to emailing, Googling, wikipeeking, app-wrangling, tweeting and Facebooking, we find it hard to imagine going without. It's not a matter of cost, either. What remain of the nation's libraries are filled all day with citizens using the borough's computers, gratis.

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

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Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

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Army general planning to come out
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

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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
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Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project