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The freezing temperatures in the United States have caused an escaped inmate to turn himself back in.

Joan Smith: Modernity – an end to male-run faiths and 'honour' crimes

When demonstrators gathered in London yesterday to protest against sharia, the Archbishop of Canterbury was otherwise engaged with the Pope. It's almost two years since Rowan Williams caused an outcry when he suggested that recognising aspects of sharia would help social cohesion, and, every day, evidence accumulates to show how wrong he was. Women, girls and young men desperately need protection from religious laws and the patriarchal attitudes associated with them, as two ghastly events demonstrated last week.

Father killed in house fire

A man died and his wife and two children were badly hurt in a house fire this morning, police said.

Gunman pulled trigger at moped rider in chase

A wanted criminal pointed a gun in the face of a man and pulled the trigger as he tried to escape from police.

Trio's cell study earns Nobel medicine prize

Three scientists have shared this year’s Nobel prize in medicine for their pioneering work in understanding how chomosomes – the microscopic filaments containing the cell’s genetic material – are able to divide repeatedly without falling apart.

Man jailed for unprovoked pool cue attack

A thug who battered a "Good Samaritan" with a pool cue then stamped on his victim's head, was jailed for eight years today.

Chris Schuler: A PEN prize-winner struck by lightning

The PEN/Ackerley Prize for memoir and autobiography, the only prize of its kind in the UK, was awarded on Monday evening to Julia Blackburn’s The Three of Us, although the author was unable to collect the prize in person for the most original reason I’ve heard so far – her hilltop home in Italy had been struck by lightning. Divine displeasure for spilling the beans, perhaps?

Two men wounded in shooting

Two men were hurt today in a double shooting incident.

Andreas Whittam Smith: Lying has become a way of life for our politicians

In their hearts, I believe, they are contemptuous of ordinary people

Blackburn sign midfielder N'Zonzi

Blackburn have signed French midfielder Steven N'Zonzi from Amiens SC on a four-year contract.

Lords votes to ban 'cash-for-amendments' peers

Two Labour peers caught up in the "cash for amendments" affair tonight became the first members of the upper chamber to be suspended in more than 350 years.

Brown tells Geovanni to control anger

Brazilian escapes fine for outburst but Hull manager threatens to drop playmaker

Labour peer sparks new 'lords-for-hire' row

A Labour peer caught up in the "lords-for-hire" affair asked a government minister to arrange a meeting with his client, after her department rejected its controversial plans for a £400m gas storage plant.

'Rent-a-peer' claims put Lords reform back on the agenda

As extent of Lords sleaze is revealed, the pressure mounts for constitutional change. By Brian Brady reports

Claims are shocking, says Lords' leader

The "cash-for-influence" allegations against four peers are "deeply shocking", the leader of the House of Lords said today.

Labour peers face inquiry over 'cash for influence' report

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