Shaun Cummins (right) fighting in 1990

Carer 'murdered and dismembered paralysed former boxing champion Shaun Cummins, before using his credit cards on £25,000 shopping binge'

Thomas Dunkley accused of using former WBA light-middleweight champion’s own credit cards to purchase a chainsaw he used to dismember him

Grant Cameron, left, and Karl Williams allege they were beaten and electrocuted after being imprisoned in Dubai

Dull, frustrating and legally tortuous - the three jailed in Dubai face a fate shared by many

The prison where the Londoners will be held is at least relatively safe and clean

Five-Minute Memoir: Julia Copus recalls how her father fixed her crumpled Yamaha trumpet

I'm standing at the full-length mirror in my mother and step-father's bedroom practising scales when it happens. The little cup-shaped mouthpiece gripped in my left hand is still warm from my breath.

Tunisia: Yacht of ex-dictator’s nephew returned

The government has recovered a yacht that once belonged to the nephew of the deposed dictator.

Miranda Richardson said she was 'thrilled' that Hilary Mantel had made the shortlist

Women’s Prize for Fiction: Miranda Richardson hits out at vitriol aimed at Hilary Mantel’s on-going awards success

Actress Miranda Richardson, chair of this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, has hit out at the vitriol aimed at Hilary Mantel’s on-going awards success, calling it a “hideous” British trait.

Tunisia receives first retrieval of cash looted by ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali

Tunisia has received $28.8m (£18.7m) in the first retrieval of what it calls looted assets held abroad by ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his family.

Cyprus: a haircut for the people, a pay cut for President Nicos Anastasiades – but banks open amid tight security and cash restrictions that could last a month

Restrictions could be fully lifted in a month, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides says

Should I stay or should I go? What to do with your Cypriot holiday plans

Q. We are going to Cyprus on 14 April. Do you think we will have any problems? Lesley-Jane Smith, Worcester

Postcard from... Sueca

Inside travel: Cyprus cash crisis

If you have booked a holiday but decide not to take it, what are your rights? If you go, how should you cope financially?

British charities launch first joint Syria appeal

Four British charities have publicly admitted for the first time that they are operating inside Syria on the eve of a major appeal for the stricken Middle Eastern nation which is being launched tomorrow by the Disaster Emergency Committee.

Slough MP Fiona McTaggart has given a cheque for more than £14,000 to Comic Relief after an impromptu Twitter drive

Slough MP Fiona MacTaggart donates over £14,000 after Comic Relief tweet takes off

MP says generosity 'should hurt a bit'

David Cameron tries to shed 'posh boy' image with promise of opportunity

David Cameron will today try to tackle his “posh boy” image by promising to transform the life chances of young people who did not enjoy his privileged background.

A view of the gates outside Anfield

Liverpool announce £21.8 million debt increase

Ian Ayre notes money dropped on unsuccessful buys

Retail chains shut 20 shops a day

Store closures in 2012 were 10 times the number on the year before

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