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Daniel, 16, told his mother 'I love you, I promise I won't die' just hours before falling unconscious at a party on a west London industrial estate

Police officers detain a gay rights activist during an unauthorized protest - Irina Putilova has said that the new anti-gay legislation in Russia had increased homophobic violence

Russian bisexual activist Irina Putilova is released from detention and taken off fast-track asylum list

Thousands of people signed a petition to support the 28-year-old's release

Officers from the Underwater and Confined Space Search Team during the recovery operation of a body that was discovered in a well in Surrey

Murder victim dumped in Surrey well named as Damian Chlywka

Police have named a murder victim who was tied up and dumped down a well about two years ago.

Tony Pulis has called on the fans support to keep Crystal Palace in the Premier League

Norwich v Crystal Palace: Tony Pulis warns breaches of discipline will not be tolerated

The former Stoke City manager takes charge of his first Eagles game this weekend

Westfield secures planning permission for £1 billion Croydon mega shopping centre

The shopping centre is due to open in 2018 and would be Westfield's third retail megaspace after Stratford and Shepherd’s Bush

Anthony Hilton: Croydon’s plans for regeneration can show Brasilia a thing or two

One of the most depressing cities in the world to visit is Brasilia.It was all built at once in a short burst in the 1960s, and as a result it is all growing old at the same time. There is absolutely  no relief.

Professor Olive Stevenson: Academic whose work helped pave the way for effective provision of child protection services

Olive Stevenson could not have foreseen the great consequences for her when, 40 years ago, she wrote a dissenting addendum to the report of the inquiry, of which she was a member, into the death of Maria Colwell, a child who had been killed by her stepfather. It gave her an unwanted celebrity status which unleashed invitations to lecture and speak and projected her on to the national stage.

London school bans 'urban' slang words

Labour MP David Lammy backs the move despite social media backlash

Boy, 16, held after stabbing murder in Croydon

Police have launched a murder inquiry after a 17-year-old boy was stabbed to death.

Gemma Whelan in Dark Vanilla Jungle

Edinburgh 2013: Dark Vanilla Jungle - Philip Ridley's latest meditation on misery starring Game of Thrones' Gemma Whelan

One of these days, pigs might fly and Philip Ridley will write a play full of joy, laughter and sparkling merriment. Meanwhile, he follows the dark and murky byways of lives that have gone lyrically wrong in language that lacerates any vestigial sense of well-being and “all’s right with the world” in an audience.

James Dasaolu has been plagued with injuries during his career

World Athletics Championships: James Dasaolu only wants to go fast – not be known for frailty

There is one big question hanging in the air from a Great British perspective as the blue riband event of the 2013 World Championships approaches. Is James Dasaolu just a one-heat wonder – or a real deal speed merchant who can last the course when the heat of global battle is on?

Murdered schoolgirl Tia Sharp

Neighbour of Tia Sharp's grandmother convicted of wasting police time

Paul Meehan told detectives he saw her walk past his home, after she had died

Emma West pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of a racially aggravated section 5 public order offence

Mother at centre of Croydon tram rant seen by 2.2m within 24 hours on YouTube admits racially abusing passengers

Legal team had argued that she did not want to plead guilty for fear of being branded a racist

The Gatwick arrivals area

The £1 million cakes: Huge cocaine haul baked into cakes found at Gatwick airport

10-kilo haul seized from baggage after arrival of flight from Jamaica

Stuart Hazell before his arrest in August last year

'You know I'm not a bad person': Stuart Hazell wrote letter to father whilst on remand for Tia Sharp murder

Hazell denies sexually assaulting and killing the 12-year-old last year

CCTV still shows Tia Sharp and Stuart Hazell on the bus on the afternoon before her murder

Final images of Tia Sharp – out shopping with the man accused of killing her

The last images of murdered schoolgirl Tia Sharp alive were shown to a jury today, as they heard how she “idolised” her alleged killer.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links