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

Being Modern: Emoticons

This year marks an unusual 30th birthday. It was in 1982 that Scott Fahlman, a computer scientist at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University, suggested that users of his college's online messageboard combine a colon, hyphen and bracket to highlight sarcastic posts and curb misunderstandings. Thus, the online "smiley face" was born.

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A cry for help on air from Homs as the bombs fall...then silence

Briton held in Cairo

A British woman has been barred from leaving Egypt after being arrested at Cairo International Airport yesterday.

California strikes down ban on same-sex marriage

A federal appeals court has declared California's same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional, putting the bitterly contested, voter-approved law on track for likely consideration by the US Supreme Court.

Simon Read: Shops have the green light to carry on making fat profits flogging costly cover

The Office of Fair Trading has resisted calls to introduce greater protection for consumers from expensive extended warranties. The watchdog should have banned the sale of the cover at the point-of-sale.

Help victims of stalking before they are harmed, inquiry urges

A new anti-stalking law is needed to stop the criminal justice system failing victims whose cries for help are not taken seriously, giving their tormentors confidence to expand their campaigns of harassment, an independent inquiry reports today.

<p>1. Kodak Smile Key Chain</p>
<p>£23.64, play.com</p>
<p>Keep your loved ones with you all day long with this tiny digital picture frame. Plug it into your laptop, transfer up to 100 photographs and, hey presto, you've got a miniature photo gallery.</p>

The 10 Best Valentine's gifts

1. Kodak Smile Key Chain

£23.64, play.com

Keep your loved ones with you all day long with this tiny digital picture frame. Plug it into your laptop, transfer up to 100 photographs and, hey presto, you've got a miniature photo gallery.

Leading article: Capello is doing little for team unity

Not for the first time, England's preparations for a major football tournament are subject to damaging internal conflict. With just four months to go until the start of Euro 2012, the manager, Fabio Capello, and his employers at the Football Association are at loggerheads over the stripping of the captaincy from John Terry.

Germans jailed for terror offences

Two Germans have been jailed for being in possession of al-Qa'ida bomb-making propaganda when they arrived at Dover.

Stepping Hill nurse loses job appeal

The nurse arrested then freed over the saline contamination deaths at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport has lost her appeal against her dismissal. Rebecca Leighton was sacked for theft after being released and cleared of any wrongdoing in relation to the deaths last year.

Tougher sentences to be imposed on arms traders

Criminals who trade in illegal firearms face severe sentences, leading judges warned today as they doubled the number of years to be served by a man caught by police with a loaded revolver.

The DPP's full statement on Huhne

The Crown Prosecution Service explained how it arrived at the decision to bring charges against Chris Huhne and his former wife Vicky Pryce in a statement today.

Criminal records to be wiped early

Thousands of former prison inmates and other offenders could have their past convictions cleared from their records under Government plans.

DVD: Borgen: Season 1 (15)

"Caesar was murdered by his friends, too." Denmark's answer to The West Wing involves a lot of walking and talking along corridors, spin-doctoring, conniving and clandestine meetings at the dead of night.

Album: Graham Reynolds, The Difference Engine (Innova)

Graham Reynolds is the quintessential modern composer, able to turn his hand to anything from rock to ballet to movie scores to jazz.

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