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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?

'Madeleine in America' claim is probed

The parents of missing Madeleine McCann today welcomed new information which suggests their daughter may be in America.

Mother tells of Raoul Moat shootings

A mother wept as she described the moment gunman Raoul Moat shot dead her daughter's boyfriend today.

Raoul Moat's jail boast before gun rampage

Shotgun killer Raoul Moat boasted "I'll be back inside by Friday" shortly before his murder rampage, a court heard today.

Davos Diary: Bigwigs choose to fill their boots

In Davos, it's the footwear that tells you everything you need to know about the seniority of the delegate.

Performers prepare for the Chinese Year of the Rabbit

As part of the run up to the Chinese New Year on 3 February, performers donned brightly coloured silks to reherse their recreation of the Sacrifice to Heaven ritual, which dates back to the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Westminster's biggest hate figure?

John Bercow's loathing for Tory grandees is entirely mutual. Will his rage and resentment undo him?

Liverpool's would-be saviour is accused of fraud

Kenny Huang, the New York-based Chinese businessman who wanted to buy Liverpool – purportedly with the backing of the Chinese government, a claim never proved – has effectively disappeared from view since withdrawing without explanation in August.

Black Rod resigns over ill health

Lieutenant-General Sir Freddie Viggers has resigned as Black Rod because of ill health, Lords Leader Lord Strathclyde said today.

Floella Benjamin: From Big Ted to the Big Society

Samira Ahmed meets the Baroness of Beckenham. Since 'Play School' she has become a champion of children's rights, and has just told the story of her own traumatic youth

Cameron steps in to limit defence cuts

Prime Minister David Cameron personally intervened to limit cuts to the defence budget in next week's comprehensive spending review, it has emerged.

Conference Diary: We're lovin' it

Vince Cable may have become the figurehead of the coalition's gloomy disposition, denying he was having "fun" but some of his colleagues obviously didn't get the memo about not appearing to be enjoying austerity government too much. "I'm bloody loving it," said one Lib Dem minister. "I would be lying if I said I wasn't having the best time of my life," added another.

Business Diary: Whole Foods in Solihull slip-up?

There have been false dawns aplenty with Whole Foods, the US organic grocer whose founder was a notable opponent of America's health reforms, but it seems that the company is finally ready to start work on its first new UK stores for more than three years. With five stores in London, those in the know say it is close to exchanging on two new ones, including the first outside the M25. Solihull, one of the posher parts of the West Midlands, is the likely venue, but Diary's source notes that Solihull is a notoriously tough area to crack for food retailers, not least because of its residents' fondness for eating out.

Raoul Moat tourists 'endangering flood-prone village'

Ghouls visiting the scene of killer gunman Raoul Moat's last stand were blamed today for putting villagers' lives in danger.

Family gathers for gunman Raoul Moat's funeral

Family and friends gathered to pay tribute to fugitive killer Raoul Moat at his funeral today.

Victim's sister: 'I wish Raoul Moat wasn't dead'

The heartbroken sister of fugitive gunman Raoul Moat's young victim said today that she wished he was not dead.

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