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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

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.

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".

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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Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts

Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In my grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
Star Wars Episode VII is being shot on film - and now Kodak is launching a last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices
Could our smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases via Health Kit and Google Fit?

Could smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases?

Health Kit and Google Fit have been described as "the beginning of a health revolution"
Ryanair has turned on the 'charm offensive' but can we learn to love the cut-price carrier again?

Can we learn to love Ryanair again?

Four recent travellers give their verdicts on the carrier's improved customer service
Billionaire founder of Spanx launches range of jeans that offers

Spanx launches range of jeans

The jeans come in two styles, multiple cuts and three washes and will go on sale in the UK in October
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Aural pleasure: 10 best over-ear headphones

Listen to your favourite tracks with this selection, offering everything from lambskin earmuffs to stainless steel