News A stretch of the M1, the motorway where two men died on Thursday

Good Samaritan is believed to have been involved in a collision after going to help a man who jumped

China investigates bomb incident in Beijing International Airport

A man in a wheelchair is reported to have detonated the device, injuring only himself

Murder hunt launched after man's body found in Coventry grassland

Police have launched a murder inquiry after a man's body was found on an area of grassland near a block of flats.

75-year-old man stabbed to death in Birmingham

Police have launched a murder inquiry after a 75-year-old man was stabbed to death.

Two men have been found guilty of raping a 14-year-old boy in this Debenhams store in Manchester

Two men found guilty of raping 14-year-old boy in Manchester Debenhams

Judge says Alex Wilson-Fletcher and Abdelkader El-Janabi can expect substantial jail terms

The moment the man was dragged back onto the platform by the police officer

Video: The dramatic moment a police officer saves man from an oncoming train

A man attempting to jump in front of a train in a Colombian metro station was rescued by an eagle-eyed policeman who happened to be standing nearby on the platform.

CCTV footage shows the heavily pregnant Fiona Anderson leaving the keys to her own home at a property in Lowestoft where she believed her estranged partner had been staying

Fiona Anderson death: Police release new CCTV which shows last moments of heavily pregnant Lowestoft mother before fall

The young mum had a violent row with her estranged partner the night before she died

Manchester police make first arrests under new hate crime law after emo teenager is attacked

Police in Manchester have arrested two people for an attack on a 16-year-old emo in the first recorded hate crime against followers of alternative subcultures.

Amazing CCTV footage shows massive blast as raiders hit petrol forecourt cash machine

Police have arrested a man in connection with a raid in which a petrol station cashpoint machine was blown open by thieves.

Apple says sorry to Chinese for warranty problems

Weeks of attacks by Chinese state media have forced Apple to apologise to its Chinese customers, as the Californian firm attempts to counter a wave of negative publicity in its second largest market after the US.

Watch out – fewer CCTV cameras about

Watch out – fewer CCTV cameras about

Budget cuts mean some local councils have had to dispense with much of their CCTV cover... and that's just fine with some people

A man dressed as Batman marches a suspected fraudster to a police station in Bradford

Bradford mystery: Man dressed as Batman hands over suspect to police

The Caped Crusader's identity remains a mystery

British grandmother Jennifer Mills-Westley

Bulgarian drug addict Deyan Deyanov found guilty of stabbing and beheading British pensioner in Tenerife

A Bulgarian drug addict who beheaded a British grandmother in a frenzied knife attack on the holiday island of Tenerife was today found guilty of murder.

Her Majesty's Prison

TV review: Her Majesty's Prison – Aylesbury, ITV

Black Mirror, Channel 4

Notorious Exeter safer sex ball cancelled

A long-running "safer sex"-themed student ball has been cancelled, a month after it was embroiled in controversy.

Naked body of 'troubled' 13-year-old girl Genelle Conway-Allen found dumped in car park near her home

The seventh grader went missing after school last Thursday

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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

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The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas