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Boy aged 14 charged with raping his mother in Blackpool

A 14-year old has become the youngest person to be charged with the rape of his own mother.

HSBC introduces pay allowances to sidestep EU cap

HSBC bonus pool for top staff rose 6% to £2.3 bn in 2013

Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria Magistrates court in Pretoria, 2013

Oscar Pistorius 'surfed porn websites' before Reeva Steenkamp was shot

Pistorius set to stand trial next month accused of murdering Reeva Steenkamp

New Zealand-born model and TV personality Charlotte Dawson had a long history of depression

Australia's Next Top Model judge Charlotte Dawson found dead in Sydney apartment

New Zealand-born model and TV personality had a long history of depression

Saudi "princess" Sara Al Amoudi wins £14m legal battle over London property empire

A mysterious Saudi "princess" has won a High Court battle against two London property tycoons who accused her of tricking them out of a multi-million pound property empire.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un waves after watching a military parade in honour of the 100th birthday of the late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2012. North North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un delivered his first ever public speech at a major military parade in Pyongyang to mark 100 years since the birth of the country's founder Kim Il-Sung. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones

Kim Jong-un 'spent over $600m in a year' while North Korean citizens starved to death

North Korea's spending on luxury goods has more than doubled under Kim

South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria

Oscar Pistorius trial: Paralympic champion
'told security guard everything was fine' after shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp'

Leaked court documents suggest Pistorius was 'most likely on his stumps' when he shot his girlfriend on Valentine's Day 2013

Wolf of Shenfield Robin Clark back in hospital after cruel City prank

City trader was shot in the leg by a balaclava-wearing gunman in a car park

Georgia teenager shot in the chest by police officer who 'mistook Wii controller for handgun'

A 17-year old student was allegedly shot to death by a police officer who mistook his video game controller for a gun in Georgia.

Venezuelan crisis: Beauty queen Genesis Carmona dies in anti-government protest

Local beauty queen was shot in the head as clashes between pro and anti-government groups continue

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How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe: Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe

Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC
Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy attacked as 'sinful'

British Muslims's Happy video attacked as 'sinful'

The four-minute clip by Honesty Policy has had more than 300,000 hits on YouTube
Church of England-raised Michael Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith

Michael Williams: Do as I do, not as I pray

Church of England-raised Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife
Comedian Jenny Collier: 'Sexism I experienced on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

Jenny Collier: 'Sexism on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

The comedian's appearance at a show on the eve of International Women's Day was cancelled because they had "too many women" on the bill
Cannes Film Festival: Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or

Cannes Film Festival

Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or
The concept album makes surprise top ten return with neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

The concept album makes surprise top ten return

Neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson is unexpected success
Lichen is the surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus, thanks to our love of Scandinavian and Indian cuisines

Lichen is surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus

Emily Jupp discovers how it can give a unique, smoky flavour to our cooking
10 best baking books

10 best baking books

Planning a spot of baking this bank holiday weekend? From old favourites to new releases, here’s ten cookbooks for you
Jury still out on Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini

Jury still out on Pellegrini

Draw with Sunderland raises questions over Manchester City manager's ability to motivate and unify his players
Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

The all-rounder has been hailed as future star after Ashes debut but incident in Caribbean added to doubts about discipline. Jon Culley meets a man looking to control his emotions
Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

The most prize money ever at an All-Weather race day is up for grabs at Lingfield on Friday, and the record-breaking trainer tells Jon Freeman how times have changed
Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

As the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work
Mad Men series 7, TV review: The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge

Mad Men returns for a final fling

The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge
Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit