Sport Graeme Swann announces his decision to retire from international and first-class cricket

The spin bowler quit midway through the disastrous tour of Australia

Binge drinking in early pregnancy raises risks

Damage may be done in first three months, new research finds

Moody linked to England cricket job

Tom Moody has refused to rule himself out of the running to become the new England coach and admitted he would "look at anything".

Leading article: Making life worth living

A remarkable new German film, Nordwand, (North Face) tells the extraordinary story of the tragic German-Austrian attempt to make the first ascent of the North Face of the Eiger in 1936. The four climbers perished. Their leader, the heroic and youthful Toni Kurtz, died of exhaustion, suspended from a rope just 15 ft away from rescue.

Eliès back on dry land as Davies moves into 8th

As the rescued Yann Eliès is delivered still injured but safely back to Fremantle, Western Australia today (Monday) by the Australian navy frigate HMAS Arunta, British solo sailor Sam Davies had resumed racing and had, geographically, moved up a place to eighth in the Vendée Globe solo round the world race.

Trail Of The Unexpected: Christmas card

From Lent (the Netherlands) to Trinity Peninsula (Antarctica) via Jesus Island (Quebec), Christianity can take you around the world – to islands where it is Christmas every day: one in the Pacific Ocean, the other in the Indian Ocean.

On the Front Foot: Middlesex are caught in the middle of a right muddle

There is something faintly ridiculous about the Twenty20 Champions League.

Iron Man: Move over Murdoch - Australia has a new super-tycoon

For Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest, it's the boom that has rocketed him to the top of Australia's rich list. For droves of former teachers, tradesmen and nurses, it's a once-in-a-lifetime chance to make their own fortunes. In the desolate iron mines of the Outback, Kathy Marks joins the new – and surreal – gold rush

Britons bid to blow away world speed record

Two Britons are preparing an attempt to smash the world speed record for a wind-powered vehicle.

Living in the danger zone: the last stand in town toxic

Thousands of deaths have been linked to the asbestos mine at Wittenoom, the site of Australia's worst industrial disaster. Kathy Marks finds out why the eight remaining residents are determined to stay put

Australia and New Zealand in winter: a photographer's guide

Peter and Hannah Bills explore Australia and New Zealand. Giving us a glimpse of breath-taking landscapes and sites during a colder time of year

The 5-minute Interview: Rob Swire, Musician

'My parents thought I'd end up busking on the streets as a hobo'

The Big Kahuna: Tim Winton's new novel explores why the young heed the call of the surf

Talking to Tim Winton, one of Australia's most lauded contemporary novelists, isn't like talking to other writers. While his conversation ranges, typically enough, across the seminal writers who have influenced him – Twain, Stevenson, Wordsworth, Faulkner – there's also much conversation devoted to less typically writerish pursuits: surfing, swimming, wave breaks and reefs.

Howard Jacobson: The heart has its allegiances, to places as well as people. And a country is both

I think the recent suggestions about introducing oaths of fealty are fatuous, but then again I don't

Xstrata reveals merger talks with Vale are 'ongoing'

Xstrata has revealed its merger talks with the Brazilian rival Vale are still on, despite rumours last week that the negotiations had hit an impasse. This comes as the mining giant posted a 13 per cent bump in profits in 2007, and predicted its business would not be significantly damaged by a slowdown in the US.

The Great White Queen of the Never-Never

The Edwardian anthropologist Daisy Bates thought the Aboriginal people of Australia were a dying race. Her views were less than enlightened, but by a strange twist of history, her research is now being used as evidence on their behalf
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General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'
Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

Flesh in Venice

Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
11 best anti-ageing day creams

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Slow down the ageing process with one of these high-performance, hardworking anti-agers
Juventus 2 Real Madrid 1: Five things we learnt, including Iker Casillas is past it and Carlos Tevez remains effective

Juventus vs Real Madrid

Five things we learnt from the Italian's Champions League first leg win over the Spanish giants
Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

Whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket, says Stephen Brenkley
Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power