News British girl Madeleine McCann, who was allegedy abducted 03 May 2007 from the resort apartment where she was on vacation with her family in the Algarve

British police reportedly made the request to their Portuguese counterparts in a recent meeting between the two forces

Camra said the figures showed how important it was that Chancellor George Osborne had scrapped the beer duty escalator

'26 pubs a week closing' but hopes rise for future

Pub closures have increased to 26 a week, although campaigners hope the industry's fortunes are set to improve.

The King's Arms, Chapel Street, Georgeham, Devon

Amol Rajan seeks out a treasure of a village pub in the South-West.

The Sex Pistols on stage at the ULU back in 1976

Never mind the students – London Union’s closure marks the end of a musical era

The University of London Union, for decades a centre of student radicalism, is to be dissolved after college leaders ruled it has become obsolete.

Poll: Is this a photo of UKIP candidate Alex Wood giving a Nazi salute? Or imitating a plant?

The UK Independent Party have suspended 22-year-old candidate Alex Wood, after a photo emerged of him apparently making a Nazi salute to camera.

The new ruling demands San Antonio's strip clubs require dancers to wear bikini tops as opposed to the more revealing 'pasties' previously favoured

Judge exposes Texas strip clubs’ lack of cover by ordering larger underwear

In a cheeky ruling, which positively bulges with double entendres and dirty literary jokes, a Texas judge has ordered strip club dancers in San Antonio to don larger underwear.

Danny Cipriani, with girlfriend Kelly Brook

Marathon, pah! Try 16 pubs in five miles

A veteran of the notorious Otley Run sympathises with its victims

The Business Matrix: Friday 26 April 2013

Admiral dips as premiums fall

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Nigel Farage is easy to laugh at… that means he’s dangerous

Ambassador Dimitrov was very, very cross with Ukip’s “unacceptable” and “extremely serious” “propaganda leaflets” suggesting that millions of Bulgarians were about to flood into Britain. He would have been much more cross if it had been at a lunch at which Ukip’s leader was regaling reporters with his full-on cheeky chappie routine worthy of the man he himself described as “that late, great comedian Bob Monkhouse”: stand-up with an electoral twist.

The code would contain mandatory rules for all companies owning more than 500 pubs and would aim to stop abuses of the beer tie

Cable in new bid to save vanishing British pubs by clamping down on companies that exploit freelance 'tied' publicans

Code of conduct plan  to help landlords fight harsh terms imposed  by property giants

I never wished them harm, says woman accused of fire that killed five

A woman accused of starting a fire that killed five members of the same family living above her today told jurors she had never wished any harm on the family.

The Voice contestant Alice Fredenham who also featured on last week's Britain's Got Talent.

'Liquid gold' Britain's Got Talent singer turned down by The Voice

Hopeful singer Alice Fredenham looked a world away from the shy hopeful with stage fright who featured on last week's Britain's Got Talent when she appeared on The Voice on Saturday night.

A banner in Grimethorpe, South Yorkshire

'Rust in peace': Former mining village Grimethorpe bids final farewell to Margaret Thatcher as effigy is hanged

Hanged, paraded, punched and spat on before finally being set alight – cheered on by the jeering crowd.

I hope the news that rowing caused Andrew Marr’s stroke won't put anyone off exercising

As I'm a similar age I know it's easy to get carried away. The urge to prove something to oneself – which may indeed be a middle-aged male thing – is strong

Postcard from... Mojacar

Safety 'jobsworths' exposed as 150 false rules revealed

Bubbles banned from a child’s birthday party and toothpicks removed from a restaurant are among a list of health and safety ruses exposed in the past year.

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