The year in numbers
Sunday 23 December 2007
3.85m: size of fines imposed by the media regulator Ofcom on terrestrial TV channels for phone-in competitions where viewers had no chance of winning
2.7bn: amount paid for US media giant Dow Jones, publisher of 'The Wall Street Journal', by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation
33.2 million: people are living with HIV in 2007, 6.3 million fewer than previously estimated by the World Health Organisation and the United Nations
110: journalists in 27 countries have been killed this year, a 14 per cent increase on 2006
3,768: mentions of Madeleine McCann in the national newspapers since she went missing on 3 May
10: weeks at number one for Rihanna featuring Jay-Z, the longest reign at the top of the singles charts this year
11 million: copies of the seventh and final Harry Potter book were sold within 24 hours of its release in July
- 1 Husband creates spreadsheet detailing wife's 'excuses' for turning down sex
- 2 UK pirates will get four warning letters a year
- 3 Saneie Masilela, 9, marries Helen Shabangu, 53 years his senior, for the second time
- 4 Time runs out for Christian Iraq: Isis deadline passes with mass flight
- 5 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
Saneie Masilela, 9, marries Helen Shabangu, 53 years his senior, for the second time
Time runs out for Christian Iraq: Isis deadline passes with mass flight
Miley Cyrus death hoax: Fans distraught after Facebook scam goes viral and she doesn't tweet for three days
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: France and Germany accused of going soft on Putin as sanctions talks stall
Israel-Gaza conflict: Deadly flechette shells 'used by Israeli military in Gaza Strip’
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash: 'Nine Britons, 23 Americans and 80 children' feared dead after Boeing passenger jet is 'shot down' near Ukraine-Russia border
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash analysis: A tragic lesson of advanced weapons in the wrong hands
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