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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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee