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Amour, Michael Haneke's new film

IoS film review: Amour

An unflinching drama tackles the cinematic taboos of old age and degeneration

Mother who shaved son's head in cancer scam jailed

A mother who shaved her son's head and eyebrows to pretend he had cancer in an £85,000 benefit scam has been jailed for three years and nine months.

Why is it acceptable for Sophie Morgan to be turned away from an Easyjet flight for being disabled?

Disabled Paralympics presenter Sophie Morgan was told she couldn't fly with Easyjet unless she had a companion with her.

One of Scotland’s best-known and most popular mountains has been declared “wheelchair friendly”

Scottish peak declared wheelchair-friendly

One of Scotland's best-known and most popular mountains has been declared "wheelchair friendly".

Snowsports for all: accessibility is vital

Disability skiing: The rise of accessible ski resorts

Think pistes are just for the able-bodied? Not so, says Mary Novakovich

Our Boys, Duchess Theatre, London

“He said the army was his home, his marriage and his mistress,” reports one of the characters here of the decorated veteran turned down-and-out whom he encountered sleeping rough on the Embankment.

Helmut Kohl with his new wife Maike, and Angela Merkel at a reception in his honour

Ailing father of unity dividing critics over his 'Lady Macbeth'

Helmut Kohl is still the "unification chancellor" – a giant of contemporary European history who holds an unassailable reputation of having done more than any other post-war German leader to end his nation's division and rid the capital Berlin of its infamous wall.

Leading article: A fantastic show – but it wasn't the whole story

The Paralympics opening ceremony made an admirable effort not to sentimentalise disability

Edwina Currie 'patronised' Italian Paralympians

Former health minister Edwina Currie was forced to defend herself against accusations she patronised Italian Paralympians by describing them as “gorgeous even in wheelchairs”.

Sir Ian McKellen's Prospero-like character sent Miranda on a journey through scientific discovery

Theatre critic's view: Sir Ian McKellen improvises as Miranda floats past during the Paralympics opening ceremony

Ian McKellen stepped forward as Prospero after Rihanna's shower power and a tempest of electric light rain that would make up for all that dryness in the warm-up Olympics.

Leading article: These Games are about ability and inspiration

The London Paralympics promise to rekindle the popular euphoria of a fortnight ago

Wheelchair users' anger on phone charges for tickets

The organisers of the Paralympic Games have been accused of discriminating against the disabled by making wheelchair users book tickets for events via business-rate phone lines.

Sir Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee says home success is crucial for the Paralympics

London 2012: 'GB success the key to a good Games'

Paralympics chief says home medals on the first day will fire up the feelgood factor

Paralympic Games: Row erupts over tickets for wheelchair users

The organisers of the Paralympic Games have been accused of discriminating against the disabled by making wheelchair users book tickets for events via business rate phone lines.

How We Met: Marc Brew & Dame Evelyn Glennie

'I was like a sponge with him and his dancers; I wanted to soak everything up'

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game