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Hope for dementia drug breakthrough

Flower blooms for Essex but Kolpaks are still a concern

Kent win the toss then lose the plot as Zimbabwean veteran steers Eagles to modest victory target. By Stephen Brenkley at Lord's

Darwish, poet of the Palestinian cause, dies after surgery

Mahmoud Darwish, whose poetry encapsulated the Palestinian cause, is to get the equivalent of a state funeral in the West Bank following his death this weekend – an honour only previously accorded to the PLO leader Yasser Arafat.

Somerset 427 & 243-8 Kent 208 & 160-6: Key left holding the baby as Somerset eye top spot

There was drama enough off the field for Rob Key, the Kent captain, who made a 235-mile dash home to Whitstable to be with his wife, Fleur, for the birth of their second child. Back at the County Ground, meanwhile, Kent's chances of keeping the match going long enough for Key to play a further part looked slim.

Somerset 427 & 129-5 Kent 208: Langer leaves opening but Kent still have it all to do

After dominating the first five sessions, Somerset were in danger of making things difficult for themselves as Kent clawed their way back from an apparently hopeless position. Fittingly, it rests on the shoulders of the Somerset captain, Justin Langer, to make sure it does not happen.

Tea Report: Somerset v Kent

Tea on the first day of four (Kent won toss) Somerset 314-5 (65 overs) v Kent

Sidebottom given a sting in tail by defiant Kent duo

The heroes were in the tail, and they are named Ryan McLaren, Yasir Arafat and Christopher Wright. They do not trip lightly off the tongue but Nottinghamshire and Middlesex players won't soon forget them.

Notts 202 & 106-2 Kent 238: Broad falls short of Sidebottom as Kent hit back

It was a tale of two England bowlers yesterday as advantage in this match see-sawed from one side to the other then back again. Ryan Sidebottom and Stuart Broad could not have enjoyed more contrasting fortunes. Both had featured in the final Test of the series in New Zealand last winter, but whether both make it to the first Test against the Kiwis at Lord's next week is another matter.

George Habash: Palestinian terrorist leader

George Habash, political leader: born Lydda, Palestine 2 August 1925; Secretary-General, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine 1967-2000; married (two daughters);died Amman 26 January 2008

Bruce Anderson: Marines who have disgraced their flag and country

If any officers or senior NCOs were involved in this atrocity, they should pay with their lives

Panesar's poser: take the magic, live with the farce

The bowling is an asset, but does it outweigh the fielding?

James Dean Bradfield, Barfly, London

The point of going solo is...?

Os Mutantes, Barbican, London

Smells like Latin Spirit

Concern over Labour cash gifts from nuclear industry

Labour has received thousands of pounds in donations from energy companies and lobbying firms linked to the nuclear industry. The cash donations give the pro-nuclear lobby access to decision makers, campaigners for the environment warned.

Ethiopia to receive £200m aid from West

Western donors have agreed a plan to channel more than £200m to Ethiopia's poorest people to compensate for a cut in aid to the central government which has been punished for a post-election crackdown.

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Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

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What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?
Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
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Colouring books for adults

How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
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Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital
In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

Robert Fisk on our crisis with Iran
The young are the new poor: A third of young people pushed into poverty

The young are the new poor

Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty