Mark Bridger is on trial accused of the murder of schoolgirl April Jones

Brave new world of Universal Credit benefits finds an uncertain welcome on the streets of Ashton-under-Lyne

At a job centre in Ashton-under-Lyne, Kevin Rawlinson meets the first recipients of the new Universal Credit

Married policeman faces jail for sexually assaulting women while on duty

A married police constable has been warned he faces jail after he sexually assaulted women while he was on duty.

Nicaragua Police agents escort Eric Toth to be presented to the press at a police station in Managua, Nicaragua

Eric Toth: 'Paedophile' teacher on FBI's most wanted list is arrested in Nicaragua

Former nanny and youth counsellor had been on the run since 2008

Sergeant’s early prejudice about gang members is slowly overcome

Paperback reviews: Among the Hoods, By Harriet Sergeant

Boys in the hood aren't always hard

The new ‘owners’ of the laptop were photographed as they used it by the built-in camera

Tech support: Owner pulls photos after camera helps track stolen laptop to Iran

A British man posted photos of the new Iranian owners of his stolen laptop online – after installing a piece of software that tracked the gadget’s location.

PC sales hit by biggest decline in 20 years as tablet takes over

Sales of PCs have been hit by the biggest decline in 20 years thanks to consumers increasingly choosing tablet computers over their less portable counterparts.

Global PC sales dive in move towards tablets

Microsoft's Windows 8 software appears to be driving buyers away from PCs and toward smartphones and tablets, research firm IDC said last night. Global shipments of PCs fell 14 per cent in the first three months this year, it said, the sharpest plunge since the firm started tracking the industry in 1994.

The Gigabyte P2742: a contender for cheapest super-sized gaming rig in town

A Week With: The Gigabyte P2742 laptop

Price: From £929
Operating system: Windows 8
Processor: 3.4GHz Intel Core i7-3630QM
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
Memory: 8GB DDR3 RAM
Storage: 8GB SSD or 128GB SSD paired with a 750GB or 1TB hard drive
Screen: 17.3in; full HD 1920x1080

One Minute With: John Banville, novelist

Where are you now and what can you see?

An online petition against the practice, launched by a group calling itself Professionals Against Machine Scoring of Student Essays in High-Stakes Assessment, has amassed almost 2,000 signatures - including that of Noam Chomsky - protesting at the idea

Professors angry over essays marked by computer

US universities offer software which they claim can instantly grade students' essays and short written answers

The 10 Best gaming gadgets

They might not make you play any better, but these accessories should improve your in-game experience...

The Minx 200 Wireless Speaker brings with it the fantastic sound that Cambridge Audio is renowned for

A Week With: Cambridge Audio Minx 200 wireless speaker system

Price: £429.95
Connectivity: Bluetooth/Airplay
Power: Mains

Suing for tripping on a kerb: Surely police officers know what they’re getting into when they sign up?

A police officer is suing a garage owner for an injury sustained while checking the premises on a 999 call

From 'on trend' to 'over' in the blink of an eye

It might be the first sign of a midlife crisis. Or just boredom. But when I went to the opticians for a routine eye test last month, I decided I needed a pair of glasses that would give me a Dramatic New Look.

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
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Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project