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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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Revealed: Why Mohammed Emwazi chose the 'safe option' of fighting for Isis, rather than following his friends to al-Shabaab in Somalia

Why Mohammed Emwazi chose Isis

His friends were betrayed and killed by al-Shabaab
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An open letter to David Cameron: Building fortress Europe has had deadly results

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Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash all the time
The impossible job: how to follow Kevin Spacey?

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Armenian genocide: To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie

Armenian genocide and the 'good Turks'

To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie
Lou Reed: The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths

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Migrant boat disaster: This human tragedy has been brewing for four years and EU states can't say they were not warned

This human tragedy has been brewing for years

EU states can't say they were not warned
Women's sportswear: From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help

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From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help
Hillary Clinton's outfits will be as important as her policies in her presidential bid

Clinton's clothes

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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders