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It is approaching that time of the year when you take a backward look and think to yourself: what do I know now that I didn’t know a year ago?

Watch Dogs – Preview

The future. Given the number of doomsday predictions out there across game, film and book it’s a wonder that anybody’s remotely wanting to get there. At least the future in Watch Dogs is vaguely more palatable than that depicted in something like the The Last of Us for example; only just mind you.

Mark Steel: Now we see the greed close-up

What an ideal opportunity that was, to at last engage the local residents with the Olympics. When it turned out there weren't enough security staff, they should have employed east London's famous criminal community. They'd have loved the chance to stand over people at the entrance gates, growling "Now listen. I said LISTEN. Any misbehaving, and you're going to make me upset. And you don't wanna see me, not when I'm upset. So don't even THINK abaht taking in non-sponsored foodstuffs or you'll be sucking all your dinners through a straw. ALL RIGHT? Now go and enjoy yer mixed doubles quarter-finals in yer badminton."

Revealed: pageant labour boss conviction

The head of the firm at the centre of the row over unpaid workers at the Queen’s Jubilee was convicted of perverting the course of justice after an incident which left a man in a coma, it has emerged.

All smiles: Charlie and Craig Reid of The Proclaimers

Scotland's singing siblings The Proclaimers celebrate 25 years in the music business

The Proclaimers celebrate 25 years in pop with a new album. James McNair meets them

Phone hacking: Bethany Usher to face no further action

A university lecturer arrested over phone hacking allegations at the News of the World has been told she will not face charges.

Stephen Lawrence court staff sanctioned to work by union

Court staff working on the case of two men accused of murdering Stephen Lawrence were encouraged to work by pickets in the only case of sanctioned strike-breaking at a British trial, said union officials.

Das Paradies und die Peri, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Although it has been given twice before at the Edinburgh International Festival, Robert Schumann's 1843 oratorio about a fallen angel is something of a rarity. It provided a highly enjoyable opening concert in the Usher Hall on Friday evening.

Ex-soap star denies killing doorman

A former soap star has denied murdering a nightclub doorman.

Emotional scenes as Levi Bellfield is convicted of Milly's murder

One of the most scrutinised murder mysteries of the past decade came to an end yesterday as Levi Bellfield was found guilty of murdering schoolgirl Milly Dowler. Emotional scenes gripped the Old Bailey as the 13-year-old's mother and sister collapsed in hysterics following the verdict, wailing and shouting, "guilty".

Man who drove into clubbers jailed

Shocking CCTV was shown to a court today as a man was jailed indefinitely for ploughing through a crowd outside a nightclub in a stolen car.

'Gone in the blink of an eye' – Milly Dowler murder trial opens

Schoolgirl milly Dowler vanished "in the blink of an eye", a prosecutor told the Old Bailey yesterday.

Bouncers held after Briton killed at club

The devastated mother of a British man who was beaten to death at a German nightclub has described his killers as "not human beings".

Murder charge ex-Brookside star Brian Regan in court

A former soap star appeared in court today charged with the murder of a nightclub doorman who was gunned down in the street.

Moat's henchmen convicted of conspiracy to murder

Shotgun killer Raoul Moat's two henchmen were facing long jail sentences tonight for their roles in his murderous rampage.

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
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Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

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Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

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Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?