Eight-year-old boy marries 61-year-old woman because the ghost of his grandfather told him to do so

Sanele Masilela and already married mother-of-five Helen Shabangu feared trouble with the spirit world if the wedding did not take place

Shore thing: the Pembrokeshire coastline

Let your gothic imagination run wild in Pembrokeshire

Inspired by its brooding landscapes, crime writer Charlotte Williams chose the county as the setting for parts of her latest novel

Indian police officers suspended after video captures them savagely beating a woman who 'complained of harassment by lorry driver'

Officers appear to have used large sticks and their fists to brutally assault the 23-year-old

Daniel Day-Lewis gives his acceptance speech at the Oscars 2013

Oscars 2013: Daniel Day-Lewis' acceptance speech for best actor in full

I really don't know how any of this happened. I do know that I've received so much more than my fair share of good fortune in my life and I'm so grateful to the Academy for this beautiful honor.

As the the recent incident in Soho shows, police attitudes to trans people must change

It's time police forces across the country presented a coherent and humane approach to gender recognition - for the sake of trans people and their public image

The untold story of the Eastleigh by-election: the little-known names looking to step into Chris Huhne's shoes

Huhne, Hutchings and O'Farrell may be dominating the headlines. But won't anyone think of the Beer, Baccy and Crumpet Party?

Johana Casas with Victor Cingolani

Argentinian woman, 22, weds the killer of her twin sister

It was the happiest moment of the young bride’s life. The Valentine’s Day date had been chosen to give the wedding extra emphasis. Talk of honeymoon, however, was out of the question – the groom is serving a 13-year prison sentence for the murder of the bride’s twin sister, Johana.

The Blagger's Guide To: love in literature

50 Shades of Pooh, and other unlikely romantic interludes

From Mr Normal to chef-de-guerre: How President Hollande found his appetite for leadership

After an uncertain start, intervention in Mali has bucked the President's approval ratings

The local MP’s against gay marriage – but his constituents aren’t

Tom Peck finds a difference of opinion in a Cabinet minister’s seat

The Weekend's Viewing: Ripper Street wasn't all plain sailing, but I can now see why people like it

Ripper Street, Sun, BBC1 // The Hotel, Sun, Channel 4

Paperback Review: Married Love, By Tessa Hadley Vintage £8.99

Tessa Hadley's brief stories locate poignant drama in quotidian scenes. In "A Mouthful of Cut Glass" a vicar's daughter visits her boyfriend's working-class family and feels out of place; in "Journey Home" an academic worries about his emotionally fragile sister when she changes her status on Facebook; in "Because the Night" two young children find ways to amuse themselves during their parents' wild parties.

Cyprus forced to reprint all 575,000 presidential election ballot slips after candidate uses Guinness World Records logo

Cyprus has been forced to reprint all 575,000 ballot slips for next month’s presidential election after Guinness World Records objected to a candidate’s use of its logo.

Man admits leaving pig's head outside Leicester Muslim community centre

A 24-year-old man has admitted committing a religiously-motivated attack by leaving a frozen pig's head outside a community centre used by a Muslim group.

As Barack Obama is inaugurated again, shouldn't we Brits be feeling a little embarrassed by all this?

It is a huge public affirmation of everything Americans and citizens of democratic countries value above all else. It is utterly inspiring. How does a coronation compare?

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?