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

Gangs brought face to face with victims as London tries US scheme

Ten members of the Get Money street gang from the north London borough of Enfield found themselves in the dock at Wood Green Crown Court yesterday.

The PCC chairman, Lord Hunt of Wirral, wants the power to summon witnesses and issue fines

Press watchdog must have more power, says chief

PCC chairman heralds industry consensus for new body and tougher regulations

Leading article: Crony capitalism and craven folly

What is it about bankers' pay that makes the hard-pressed majority feel that finance capitalism is a conspiracy against them? Could it be that, more than three years after the credit crunch of 2008, we feel that the unfair rewards in the sector that caused the crisis continue unabated? Could it be that the rewards now seem even more unfair because we, the taxpayers, put up the security to bail out the banks? Could it be that we feel that politicians, who mouthed slogans about fairness and how they would put an end to excessive pay, have played a cynical game? Could it be that the way banks pay their top people seems designed to confuse us, even when we, the taxpayers, are their shareholders.

Yusef Abdullahi and Stephen Miller in 1992 after being freed

Found: 'Lost' evidence that let police walk free

Collapse of £30m corruption trial under fresh scrutiny

Leading article: Time to decriminalise drugs

When it comes to illegal drugs, Sir Richard Branson is absolutely right. The business tycoon – who is also a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy – told MPs yesterday that prohibition has failed and that drug abuse should be treated as a health problem rather than a criminal issue. It can only be hoped that the Government is listening.

Inspirational: Paterno with his Penn State side in 2004; he also tried to ensure that all his charges graduated

Joe Paterno: Sports coach whose career ended in scandal

In the multi-billion dollar universe of American college sport, the football coach is king. And no such monarch was ever more venerated, more successful and long-reigning than Joe Paterno at Penn State. The national shock at the child abuse scandal that brought him down was itself a measure of the esteem in which he was held; not just in the homely college town in central Pennsylvania where he did his business, but all across America.

The Enchanted Island, Everyman Belsize Park

Our new-style night at the opera took place in a cinema with five-star comfort, drinks being brought as we lounged on our sofas.

Teenager seriously hurt in shooting

A teenager was in a "serious" condition in hospital after he was shot in the back in the street early today.

Giles Fraser says he still supports the Occupy protesters after their court defeat

Giles Fraser: 'I've spent my life on the naughty step'

The former canon chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral is trying to find work after resigning over his support for the Occupy protest. But that won't stop him from saying what he thinks

Invisible Ink: No 107 - Hillary Waugh

There are many sub-groups within the mystery genre, but one strand resurfaces with metronomic regularity: the police procedural. Readers love to see how investigations unfold, but real-life accounts of detection often involve relentless rounds of doorstep interviews and checking records, which don't make for high drama.

Leading article: No Russian stone unturned

Six years on, it turns out that British secret agents in Moscow really did use a plastic rock in a park to spy on Russia in 2006, despite attempts by the government to dismiss the story at the time. We should not be surprised. Preposterous as it seems, the more improbable the charge, the more likely it is to be true in the sometimes schoolboy world of spying.

Robberies involving knives 'up 10 per cent'

The number of thefts, bag snatches and use of violence against victims rose 11 per cent in the last year, figures showed today.

Abu Qatada, who was released on bail in June after six years in custody

Judges block Abu Qatada deportation

A terrorist accused of posing a grave threat to Britain's national security cannot be sent back home because it would be a "flagrant denial of justice", human rights judges ruled today.

Sunday Times editor John Witherow arriving at the Leveson inquiry today

Leveson inquiry: Gordon Brown was impersonated for Sunday Times, says editor John Witherow

Someone working for The Sunday Times called Abbey National pretending to be Gordon Brown to obtain details about the former prime minister's finances, the paper's editor said today.

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

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Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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