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

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The long march of the penguins

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Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

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She's having a laugh

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Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LEDs designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows
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Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

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Ebola outbreak: The children orphaned by the virus – then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection

The children orphaned by Ebola...

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Are censors pandering to homophobia?

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