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Sian Smith: 'She's not in trouble. We just want her back'

A demonstration shows how the iKnife can slice through animal muscle

Surgical 'smart' knife that detects tumours could curb spread of cancer

A surgical knife that can detect when it is cutting through cancerous tissue is being tested in hospitals, raising hopes that the spread of cancer left behind after surgery could soon be curbed more successfully.

London in the 18th Century, By Jerry White

A century – and city – of duels, dung and gin cocktails

Almacantar revives flat plans for Centre Point

The owner of London's infamous concrete tower, Centre Point, will relaunch £350m plans to transform the 1960s-built block into luxury flats within weeks.

Lavazza joins coffee revolution with roll-out of shops

Italian coffee giant Lavazza plans to open nearly 400 shops over the next decade across the UK, in the latest sign of the British public’s seemingly insatiable demand for their daily caffeine hit.

Mary Dejevsky: Don't fall for commuter sob stories

If there is anything more infuriating than the predictable New Year fare increases on public transport, it is the equally predictable whingeing on the part of suburban rail commuters. Year after year they complain that they are uniquely victimised because they don't have a choice. They are captive passengers, crammed every day into obsolete rolling stock, sitting ducks for above-inflation fare rises.

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Detectives investigating 'sex for tuition fees' website arrest man on suspicion of inciting prostitution

Detectives investigating a website offering to pay the tuition fees of female students in return for sex have arrested a man on suspicion of inciting prostitution.

Gary Glitter arrested over Savile affair – and other stars begin to worry

The pop star Gary Glitter has become the first person to be arrested by detectives investigating allegations of multiple sex attacks by the BBC presenter Jimmy Savile.

Thieves steal paintings worth £250m

Audacious thieves stole seven paintings worth a total of £250m from a Rotterdam museum in one of the biggest art raids in recent history.

Bookshops open early to launch JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy

Bookshops opened their doors early today for readers to get their hands on JK Rowling's first novel for adults.

Everybody's talking about...An Incident At The Border

Trafalgar Studios 2, London

Further delays hit Tube services

Tube travellers suffered a series of hold-ups today - just days before the start of the Olympics.

Lack of sand caused train to overrun station

A runaway commuter train overshot a station by two-and-a-half miles because it did not have any sand on board to help with braking in poor weather.

'Cold case' rapist jailed

An unlicensed cab driver was jailed for five years at the Old Bailey today for raping a passenger nearly 17 years ago.

Sometimes I Laugh Like My Sister, Finborough Theatre, London

Rebecca Peyton describes the moment she knew her sister had died with this unholy, guttural noise from the back of her throat.

DVD: Mademoiselle Chambon (PG)

Any love story about pained longing at a train station will inevitably draw comparisons to classic David Lean/Noel Coward romance, Brief Encounter.

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The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

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Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

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Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
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Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

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Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

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The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

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Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

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Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

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