Adam Withnall

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Mark Reckless (right) with Nigel Farage, announcing his defection to Ukip

Ukip Rochester by-election candidate Mark Reckless accuses the Tories of acting like 'BNP-lite'

Defector hits out at former party after receiving his own criticism for immigration comments

Japanese knotweed causes £170 million of damage to buildings each year

Japanese Knotweed: Government to issue Asbos to those who fail to deal with invasive plant

Individuals could be fined up to £2,500

File image taken on 9 May, 2014 in Saint-Nazaire shows the Vladivostok warship, a Mistral class helicopter carrier ordered by Russia

France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship

President Hollande has been under pressure to deny Putin access to two €1.2 billion helicopter carriers over the Ukraine crisis

Danny Alexander (right) has accused George Osborne of keeping his office milk 'under lock and key'

George Osborne 'locks milk in Treasury fridge' – says his deputy Danny Alexander

Lib Dem accuses Tory minister of ‘not sharing’ office refreshments

This picture taken on March 13, 2014 shows 67-year-old Japanese woman Chisako Kakehi, who was arrested in Kyoto on November 19 on suspicion of poisoning her husband with cyanide in the latest

Japan's new 'Black Widow' arrested after sixth former partner dies in suspicious circumstances

Chisako Kakehi, 67, denies involvement in death of fourth husband who dies with cyanide found in his blood

Rotherham, where abuse victims were ferried around in minicabs

Rotherham child abuse scandal: Police watchdog to investigate 10 officers over handling of exploitation complaints

Three other officers referred by South Yorkshire Police will not currently face probe

The Coca-Cola van, which will be touring Britain in the buildup to Christmas

Britain's favourite vehicle from TV and film revealed – and it's a truck from a fizzy drinks advert

Coca-Cola van beats James Bond's DB5 and the Batmobile to come top in unusual poll

Pope Francis addresses the participants of the International Seminar on the complementarity between men and women at the Vatican, 17 November 2014

Pope Francis declares union between man and woman 'at root of marriage' in blow to gay rights

Pope who once said 'who am I to judge gay people' appears now to draw line at same-sex unions

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a news conference at his official residence in Tokyo November 18, 2014

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe calls snap election and dissolves parliament

An unpopular sales tax increase has also been postponed as the country scrambles to repair its economy

The Christmas Day truce as shown in the Sainsbury's ad

'Hypocritical' Sainsbury’s TV ad accused of exploiting emotions of WWI while supermarket plans to bulldoze war memorial in Bristol

A new superstore is planned for the site of the Memorial Stadium, built to honour rugby players who died in the war

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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas
La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
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10 best high-end laptops

From lightweight and zippy devices to gaming beasts, we test the latest in top-spec portable computers
Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

The batsman has grown disillusioned after England’s Ashes debacle and allegations linking him to the Pietersen affair
Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

The Williams driver has had plenty of doubters, but hopes she will be judged by her ability in the cockpit
Adam Gemili interview: 'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

After a year touched by tragedy, Adam Gemili wants to become the sixth Briton to run a sub-10sec 100m
Calls for a military mental health 'quality mark'

Homeless Veterans campaign

Expert calls for military mental health 'quality mark'
Racton Man: Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman

Meet Racton Man

Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman
Garden Bridge: St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters

Garden Bridge

St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters
Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament: An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel

Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament

An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel
Joint Enterprise: The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice

Joint Enterprise

The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice
Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum: Objects of Desire

Freud and Eros

Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum