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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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
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Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
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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
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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
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

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The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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