What's a First Lady to do?

She's wildly popular, but Michelle Obama is still not satisfied with her role

Mind-enhancing drugs: Are they a no-brainer?

Advocates say they are an irresistible way of improving students' performance. Critics argue they are a dangerous fad. Jeremy Laurance explores the debate

Jerome Taylor: Holocaust memorial shooter attended BNP rallies in the States

There's a fascinating snippet in today's Washington Post that sheds some light on the BNP's close relationship with neo-Nazis on the other side of the Atlantic.

Praise from Castro for couple who 'passed on US secrets for 30 years'

Intelligence official and wife 'motivated by anger at US foreign policy'

Mary Dejevsky: Keeping cool is a precious national asset

Far be it from me to be name-ist, but Ian Dalton has one of those solid, boring-sounding names that inspires confidence the moment you say it. Which could be a colossal advantage in his new job. Currently chief executive of NHS North East, he was yesterday named National Director for NHS Flu Resilience, or, in common parlance, "flu tsar". The appointment takes effect forthwith.

Red Cross report describes 'torture' at CIA jails

The International Committee of the Red Cross concludes in a secret report that the Bush administration's treatment of al-Qa'ida captives in CIA prisons "constituted torture," The Washington Post reported today, citing newly published excerpts from the 2007 document.

Kingmaker Lieberman gives his backing to Netanyahu

Right-winger now clear favourite in race to become Israel's next prime minister

Testing time for Chavez as nation decides if he can rule on and on

The people of Venezuela have a second chance tomorrow to tell Hugo Chavez, their leader since 1999, whether they like him so much he can keep the keys of the presidential palace pretty much for as long as he likes, or whether they have had as much of him and his so-called Bolivarian revolution as they can take.

Observations: Mendelssohn encore

The story that Felix Mendelssohn threatened suicide over a love affair with the Swedish soprano Jenny Lind has been stirring up a storm in the classical music world since The Independent told the tale on 12 January. This astonishing history is apparently contained in an affidavit from Jenny Lind's husband and fellow composer, Otto Goldschmidt, long concealed in the archive of the Mendelssohn Scholarship Foundation.

Patrick Cockburn: The reality behind Deep Throat

The Mark Felts of this world want to use the media as a weapon against their enemies

Nixon source 'Deep throat' dies aged 95

Mark Felt, the most famous anonymous source in the history of journalism who was known to the world as "Deep Throat", died yesterday aged 95.

Watergate 'Deep Throat' dies at 95

The former FBI chief who revealed himself as "Deep Throat" 30 years after he tipped off reporters to the Watergate scandal that toppled a president has died. Mark Felt was 95.

Malcolm Gladwell: Wise guy

He's been called a rock star, a shaman and a stud, but the author of 'The Tipping Point' insists he's just a journalist

Angler, By Barton Gellman

The president for vice

The long march of the penguins

Exhausted birds are washing up on Brazil's tropical beaches, thrown off course by changing currents. Claire Soares reports
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General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Praise to Wenger for having the courage of his convictions