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

Claudia Pritchard: When only a Pissarro can answer your need

Ah, the National Gallery, temple of British art acquisition: the Wilton Diptych, medieval miracle of preservation and Christmas card elect; the Rokeby Venus, stripped from her native Spain; two of the nation's five covetable Vermeers; and, arguably the greatest treasure, free lavatories.

Baby boy hit by falling lamppost dies

A baby boy who was hit by a falling lamppost died today.

Baby hit by fallen lamppost fights for life

A baby boy is fighting for his life after he was hit by a falling lamppost today.

Fashion designer McQueen 'hanged himself'

Fashion designer Alexander McQueen hanged himself in his wardrobe after leaving a note at the scene, an inquest heard today.

It's relatively mild here, only -9C

In this bout of interesting weather I am minded to recall a seriously deprived childhood.

Peter Tatchell: Quentin Crisp was no gay hero

Jealousy made him bitter. He resented no longer being the only queer in town

Alex James: Back to earth, with a bump

Rural Notebook

Anthony Rota: Bookseller whose style and charm were valued by writers and collectors alike

Anthony Rota was the grandee of London modern first edition bookselling. Other booksellers might have made more noise and attracted more newspaper headlines, but Rota got on quietly with the business.

Teenager charged over mutilation murder

A teenager was today charged with the murder of a mother-of-two who was left dying and mutilated in the street, police said.

Murder probe after woman found mutilated in street dies

Detectives launched a murder inquiry today after a woman was found mutilated and dying in the street.

Susie Rushton: A more civilised way to cross the road

Urban Notebook

Simon Calder: Can't remember the Sixties? You can still go there

One virtue of the 1960s: the dreadful term "staycation" was a good four decades from being coined. At the time, mind, the majority of Brits had no option but to holiday at home. Even though the package-holiday industry was expanding rapidly, the government did its utmost to keep us at home with a limit on overseas spending of just £50. So the best way to travel vicariously was to visit exotic locations in Britain that distilled the essence of Abroad and served it up to the passer-by.

Youths set fire to tourist on train

A gang of youths set a woman's hair on fire with a lighter in an unprovoked attack on a train.

The Couch Surfer: 'Celebrity endorsements rarely convince me of a book's quality'

Tim Walker: I had to get my hands on the thing. If everyone else is after it, it must be worth reading, right?

Dying of cancer – but Home Office expels her parents

The parents of a young British woman dying of cancer have been told by the Home Office they can no longer care for their daughter and must leave the country.

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Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
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Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

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Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

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Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
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Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

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Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones