News Metropolitan Police of officers entering a property in Marcella Road, SW9, as police targeted a notorious gang in a series of early morning raids across the UK

Senior members of one of the country’s most notorious gangs have been arrested after expanding their drug-dealing operations outside of their south London stronghold to target lucrative new markets, police said yesterday.

Watchdog bans offensive anti-terror advert

Britain's advertising watchdog has banned an anti-terrorism commercial asking people to watch out for suspicious behavior by their neighbors, including keeping curtains closed and paying for things in cash.

Sarah Millican: Chatterbox, The Stand

Sarah Millican's performance tonight is one of the most consistent and accomplished I have ever seen at the Fringe.

Larry Sultan: The king of colour photography

Uncanny and tender, Larry Sultan's work captures suburban West Coast America – from the green lawns of Palm Springs to San Fernando Valley's porn-film industry

Nothing To Envy, By Barbara Demick

A foreign correspondent at the LA Times, Barbara Demick had already distinguished herself with award-winning coverage of the war in Sarajevo before producing this meticulous and surprisingly intimate study of North Korea, a regime usually cloistered behind one of the world's few remaining iron curtains from where foreign journalists find their job rendered impossible.

Leading article: Mr Cameron and three-party politics

If there is one single feature that distinguishes a US election from a British one, it is the expectation that candidates will show due humility. While an American candidate, for President or any other office, courts defeat the moment he so much as hints that victory might elude him, here the opposite applies. A candidate for elected office must never get above himself and presume victory, however propitious the opinion polls and however confident he might be. Accusations of hubris have the capacity to drag him right back down.

Gangster Girl, By Dreda Say

Bitch brief Daisy Sullivan defends mobsters so successfully she is known as "Got-off Daisy". She's the pill-poppin' daughter of a gangster father in this multi-racial thriller set in London's East End, from which she is desperate to escape through her career in law. Daisy is about to make it to respectability, through her posh-bloke totty Jerome, when a beloved old colleague dies and she has to investigate his study. When she gets to a secret deposit box, out flies a whirlwind of trouble that seems to centre on her own past.

Tragic Ashleigh was a 'typical teenager'

Ashleigh Hall was a "typical teenager" who dropped her clothes on her bedroom floor and spent hours chatting to friends online, her mother said.

One Minute With: Sandi Toksvig

Mrs Klein, Almeida Theatre, London

Lukewarm in the final analysis

First Night: Endgame, Duchess Theatre, London

Apocalypse wow! Rylance triumphs again

Wilshire to stand down amid expenses allegations

Tory MP accused of paying £100,000 of office expenses into his own business

Last Night's Television - Electric Dreams, BBC4; Two Feet in the Grave, BBC1

Matters of life and death

Blaze mother killed herself after gang threats

A mother who killed herself and her disabled daughter in a blazing car had faced constant abuse and threats from a gang of youths, an inquest heard today.

Children's minister Hughes to step down as MP

Children's Minister Beverley Hughes announced today that she was stepping down as an MP at the next General Election for "personal reasons".

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Sanchez helps Gunners hold on

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A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

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Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect