James Rothwell

James Rothwell is a student journalist at Oxford University, currently on a year abroad in Paris. He has written for the Times, Daily Telegraph and Daily Star Sunday.

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Prisoners have been banned from receiving Christmas presents from their family and friends under new rules

Chris Grayling branded ‘a Scrooge’ for banning festive parcels for prisoners

The Ministry of Justice has been called ‘mean-spirited’ for the ban

A man prays in the CAR; 600 have died since fighting started

French President François Hollande isolated over conflict in Central African Republic

Mr Hollande has pleaded with other EU members to put more boots on the ground in the former African colony

Master stroke: Chess champion Borislav Ivanov was accused of hiding devices under his shirt

How do you cheat at chess? Young Borislav Ivanov seems to know

The Bulgarian champion concealed aids, say rivals, but some fans are thrilled

The two students were asked to cover their t-shirts at an LSE freshers fair

LSE apologises after students forced to cover up 'Jesus and Mo' t-shirts

University staff told pair their t-shirts, showing Jesus and the Prophet Mohammed, could constitute harassment of a religious group

Microsoft announces first exclusive Xbox One content: a documentary on the worst video game ever

The doucmentary is the first exclusive content for Xbox Entertainment Studios, and will be released in 2014 for the Xbox One and the Xbox 360

Kim Jong-un's nephew 'under police protection' at his exclusive university in France

North Korean dictator's half-brother's son, Kim Han-sol, has had extra police protection at Sciences-Po in Le Havre

The brothers, known for their catchphrase “To me, to you”, will sit it on lunchtime news conferences at Northern Echo

The Chuckle Brothers to guest edit regional newspaper the Northern Echo

The brothers, known for their catchphrase “To me, to you”, will sit it on lunchtime news conferences at Northern Echo

Apple's top games of 2013: Candy Crush Saga, Minecraft and Temple Run 2 make the grade

They've been downloaded millions of times collectively, but which iPhone games kept players' thumbs glued to their screens in 2013?

Universities minister David Willetts: Student loan sell-off is 'perfectly possible'

Government apparently keen to plough ahead with plans to sell student loans in order to fund thousands of new university places

Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) in Breaking Bad

Netflix wins rights to Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul

The show will be broadcast on Netflix UK after it airs in the US

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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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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
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'