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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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Syria civil war: Meet the military commander who says his soldiers will not rest until every inch of their war torn country is free of Islamist 'terrorists'

‘We won’t stop until Syria is back to normal’

Near the front lines with Islamist-controlled towns where Assad’s troops were besieged just last month, Robert Fisk meets a commander confidently preparing his soldiers for battle
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Rafa Benitez Real Madrid unveiling: New manager full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

Benitez full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

There were tears in the former Liverpool manager’s eyes as he was unveiled as Real Madrid coach. But the Spaniard knows he must make tough decisions if he is to succeed
Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

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William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
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Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

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Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

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Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

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On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?