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Burglary and murders are down again, but what’s driving this 20-year drop in offences?

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, David Fincher, 158 mins, 18 (released 26 Dec)

Audacious! Dynamic! Inspired! David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is all of these – if only for its first three minutes.

One in five American women 'has been raped'

More than one in five women questioned for a US survey reported having been raped. Nearly a third of all women said they had experienced episodes of sexual assault, physical violence or stalking at the hands of an intimate partner.

Blogger's computer seized in 'Climategate' police raid

Police investigating the theft of "Climategate" emails from the University of East Anglia have seized computer equipment from the home of a climate-sceptic blogger in West Yorkshire.

Superdry back in fashion with investors

Investors piled back into SuperGroup yesterday after the fashion retailer said it had "rectified" an IT glitch that left it out of stock in the autumn and dented its profits.

US hostage boy escapes in Philippines jungle

A kidnapped American teenage boy escaped from suspected al-Qa'ida-linked militants and wandered without shoes for two days in a southern Philippine jungle before villagers found him, ending his five-month captivity, officials said today.

Page-turners: If it's not death, it's Life, in this year's best commercial reads

Books Of The Year: This year's crop of top-selling fiction stars heroes, villains – and even bankers – in stories that will have you reading until the fire burns down

Sarmada, By Fadi Azzam, trans. Adam Talib

Places have moods, this novel reminds us. Sometimes Sarmada, a mountain village rising from the Hauran plain of southern Syria, is all "oblivion, dust and tedium;" at other times it's a shimmering delight, each rock, tree, spring, cliff and cave owning rich histories. Sarmada is also "a Sheherazade", a generator of tales.

Jimmy Wales has launched an investigation

Clinic aims to prevent sex attacks by treating stalkers

Britain's first clinic for stalkers is launched today, aiming to prevent rapes, sexual assaults and murders that result from what doctors describe as "psychological terrorism".

Leading article: A petition – and a pardon – that should be granted

The e-petition has become that rare thing: a popular government initiative. The latest one calls for the computer pioneer and decoder Alan Turing to be pardoned and have his gross-indecency conviction quashed. The former may be simpler than the latter.

Ex-councillor admits porn charges

A Lib Dem MP's former aide, who ran a campaign to prevent the closure of a local swimming pool popular with children, avoided a jail sentence today after admitting child porn offences.

FBI probe World Cup computer hacking claims

Investigators from the FBI have interviewed officials from England's 2018 World Cup bid as part of a probe into possible computer hacking.

H&M has admitted that models on its website were in fact computer-generated dummies

H&M caught using 'virtual' body doubles

Perhaps it took inspiration from the 1987 film Mannequin, but H&M found itself in hot water yesterday as it was forced to reveal that the bikini bodies on its website are in fact doctored photos of shop dummies.

Caroline Flack defends Harry Styles romance

Caroline Flack has defended her romance with Harry Styles. 

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burning after last year's explosion in the Gulf of Mexico

Halliburton 'destroyed disaster evidence', says BP

BP is accusing Halliburton of destroying damaging evidence about the quality of its cement that went into the Deepwater Horizon well that exploded, killing 11 people and causing America's worst offshore oil spill.

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