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

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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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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – MS Swiss Corona - seven nights from £999pp
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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform