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

Back-to-work tsar's business has faced nine official investigations

The company belonging to the back-to-work tsar, Emma Harrison, which is being looked at by Thames Valley Police in connection with allegations of fraud by employees, has been investigated nine times since 2005 by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Apple fights it out with Chinese 'Ipad' manufacturer in Shanghai courtroom

The escalating legal battle over the rights to the iPad name in China has reached a Shanghai courtroom, in a case that could prevent Apple selling the wildly popular tablet computer in the country's commercial heartland.

Mr Dotcom wins bail and vows to fight extradition

Kim Dotcom, the founder of the file-sharing website Megaupload, was released on bail yesterday after a New Zealand judge determined that the authorities have seized any funds he could have used to flee the country.

Police website to reveal crime hotspots

A website allowing victims of street crime to formally report and map where in the capital they were robbed or assaulted was launched today.

Identity of 'computer hacker' is revealed

A man suspected of an important role in the hacking scandal was revealed yesterday to be a private investigator thought to have broken into a British intelligence agent's computer. Philip Campbell Smith is alleged to have hacked into the computer of former British intelligence officer Ian Hurst in 2006 by sending him an e-mail containing a trojan virus. The virus is said to have been programmed to copy the agent's email correspondence and send it to Smith, a report claims.

Stephen Foley: A rebellious hedgie who is certainly no hero

US Outlook: John Kinnucan was briefly hailed a hero by the hedge-fund industry, for standing up to the FBI, refusing to turn snitch on his clients and refusing to wear a wire to help the Feds' investigation into insider trading. That was back in 2010, when the investigation was just getting going and a furious Mr Kinnucan went public to reveal the FBI's tactics and damn it as a witch-hunt.

So long Sarkozy: Inside the tiny town that will topple the French president

The tiny town of Donzy is France's political weathervane. And things aren't looking good for Sarkozy, finds John Lichfield.

Simon English: The real problem with our banks? Too fast, too competitive

Outlook Do we want more competition in banking? John Fingleton at the Office of Fair Trading thinks so. The banks must do better for customers, or he'll sort them right out (he imagines).

Forensic workers and soldiers have begun the massive task of removing bodies from the Comayagua prison

Honduras prison blaze: 'I will set this place on fire and we are all going to die'

Inmate who started inferno told provincial governor what he planned to do

'I'm in Birmingham but my students are global'

A revolution in the way people are learning is sweeping through further-education colleges. Ian Nash visits a school that is changing the face of the classroom.

French prison governor and prisoner 'had sex in computer room'

A young, reforming prison governor and a female prisoner who “fell in love” and had sex in the jail computer room appeared in court in France today.

ALI DIZAEI: The Met Police commander had his original conviction quashed last year

Corrupt Met chief Dizaei is jailed again

The most controversial policeman of the modern era, Commander Ali Dizaei, was sent back to jail in disgrace yesterday after being found guilty of corruption for a second time for trying to frame a man in a dispute over a £600 bill.

Kate Allen: It's time for America to put an end to this shameful scandal

It is staggering to contemplate that the US government has perpetuated this injustice
Many children use mobiles, tablets or laptops unsupervised

Jim Gamble: We are losing the race to protect our young

Technology and the children who use it won't wait for slow-moving child-protection services and the police to catch up

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
Christmas 2014: 23 best women's perfumes

Festively fragrant: the best women's perfumes

Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up
Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

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Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?
Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

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Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

Colouring books for adults

How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

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Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
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