Sport Sheffield United player's celebrate Ryan Flynn's late winning goal in their FA Cup win over Aston Villa

Villa left to focus on Premiership survival as Lambert’s side lacks nous to cut down Blades

Deadly toll in Afghanistan heaps pressure on Brown

Three 18-year-olds on their first tour of duty named among the six killed on bloodiest day of fighting against Taliban

Six fallen British soldiers named

Six British soldiers killed in southern Afghanistan during a bloody period of fighting were named today.

Celebrating diversity: Nuclear families? Not us!

Mum, Dad and 2.4 children? Our domestic affairs are far more varied than ever before, with only 36 per cent of us living in traditional units, compared with 52 per cent in 1971. Love, though, is the common bond

Hunt’s double beats Coventry and keeps Reading in hunt

Reading manager Steve Coppell hailed his side after they started “a big month” with a 3-1 Championship win over Coventry. Daniel Fox gave Coventry a deserved early lead with a terrific free-kick but a brace from Noel Hunt and a Kalifa Cisse strike saw the Royals record a vital win.

Relief in sight after cold snap snowfall

Weather forecasters predict the cold snap will ease today after heavy snow in some parts.

League round-up: Mariners ship late goal but Newell draws comfort

Two new managers installed at struggling League One and Two sides, Paul Lambert, the former Celtic midfielder, and Mike Newell, late of Luton Town, saw creditable performances that gave an indication of the problems at Colchester United and Grimsby Town, but also hinted at their solutions.

Cancer battle for Horsfield

Former Fulham, Birmingham and West Brom striker Geoff Horsfield has revealed he is suffering from testicular cancer.

Liverpool hold fresh Barry talks

Liverpool are believed to be involved in new talks with Aston Villa to settle the future of England midfielder Gareth Barry.

Barry could play in Intertoto

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is considering playing want-away skipper Gareth Barry in Saturday's Intertoto Cup clash with Odense BK at Villa Park.

League round-up: Holdsworth goal leaves Leeds hoping for mercy from tribunal

An independent tribunal to consider the validity of a 15-point penalty imposed on Leeds by the Football League gets under way in London today, and after last night's 1-0 defeat at Huddersfield, Gary McAllister's team have even more reason to hope for a positive outcome.

Fox looks to Pearce for help in the hunt for caps

Daniel Fox has said he could barely have wished for a better mentor than the England Under-21 coach, Stuart Pearce.

Brian Viner: Netball perfectly positioned to pass on higher skills

Netball, though one of the nation's most popular participation sports, occupies only marginally more space than mountain unicycling in the back pages of our national newspapers.

No Pain, No Gain: Why restaurants are such an appetising prospect

Eating out is becoming a national obsession, with spending in restaurants continuing to grow at a remarkable rate, according to the Office for National Statistics. So it is perhaps not altogether surprising that the restaurant star of the No Pain, No Gain portfolio has served up another scintillating set of figures.

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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'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

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

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