New Articles A Stradivarius violin at the restoration and research laboratory of the Musee de la Musique in Paris

The rare violin is known as the Lipinski and was on loan to the lead violinist Frank Almond

Mark Steel: The Vatican should be thanking Rowan Williams

The assumption is that, if someone's a religious leader, they're wholesome

Leading article: The Pope should reconsider his state visit to Britain

He may not be guilty of crimes but he has failed his role as pontiff

The Women, By TC Boyle

TC Boyle's previous fiction has included books about John Harvey Kellogg, inventor of the corn-flake, and Alfred Kinsey, the trail-blazing sexologist.

Victims accuse Pope of keeping abuser's secret

Office headed by Benedict XVI declined to defrock priest who molested deaf children

A Reliable Wife, By Robert Goolrick

Having penned his own misery-lit in the shape of a childhood memoir, Robert Goolrick's fictional debut takes its inspiration from some of the grimmer anecdotes of life in the pioneering mid-West.

Facebook sex pest gets long jail term

A US teenager convicted of using Facebook to blackmail dozens of classmates into sex was sentenced to 15 years in prison.



Study raises doubts over stem cell research

A new study has raised doubts about the creation of "ethical" all-purpose stem cells for use in research and treatments.

This is your pilot sleeping ...

Could that be why a Northwest Airlines plane flew 150 miles beyond its destination?

Parents in prayer death jailed

A central Wisconsin couple who prayed rather than seeking medical care for their 11-year-old dying daughter were sentenced yesterday to six months in jail and 10 years probation in the girl's death.

Intel settles chip patent case

The University of Wisconsin-Madison's patenting arm has settled its infringement lawsuit against computer chip maker Intel involving technology used in a popular computer processor.

Jon Cruddas: The future success of the Left depends on rediscovering our past

Raymond Williams once said: "To be truly radical is to make hope possible rather than despair convincing". Many now feel despair. We feel great loss. The things that we took as given have abruptly gone – like growth.

Les Paul: Influential guitarist whose technical innovations helped create the sound of rock 'n' roll

Les Paul, the "Wizard of Waukesha" was, perhaps, the most influential guitarist of the twentieth century.

Father found guilty after praying while daughter died

A man accused of killing his 11-year-old diabetic daughter by praying instead of seeking medical care has been found guilty of second-degree reckless homicide.

Obits in Brief: Philip D. Curtin

Philip D. Curtin, who died on 4 June at the age of 87, was an historian best known for his work on the slave trade, and for changing the way the subject is taught.

Bon Iver, Hyde Park, London

The back story that accompanied Bon Iver's debut album For Emma, Forever Ago has already made the 28-year-old star from Wisconsin a legend in contemporary folk-rock. After a relationship breakdown, Justin Vernon retreated to his father's log cabin in wintry Wisconsin for three months, killing deer to feed himself, and in seclusion wrote the record that topped critics' lists of albums of last year.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there