Judge reprimanded for praising burglar

A judge who said a burglar needed "a huge amount of courage" has been formally reprimanded for a "serious error of judgement", the Office for Judicial Complaints (OJC) said yesterday.

Caroline Wozniacki powers through to second round

World number one Caroline Wozniacki dispelled any lingering doubt about her wrist injury by brushing aside the challenge of Anastasia Rodionova at the Australian Open today.

Terence Blacker: We're not world class at many things, but looking after animals is one

The Way We Live: It's pleasing that British morality can influence tough foreign farmers

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There is nothing like a Dane

Borgen, a new thriller from the makers of The Killing, centres on a trailblazing female politician. Move over, Sarah Lund, says Gerard Gilbert

Birgitte Nyborg (played by Sidse Babett Knudsen) with her husband (Mikael Birkkjær) in Borgen

Nothing like a Dane: New thriller Borgen centres on a trailblazing female politician

Move over, Sarah Lund, says Gerard Gilbert

Inspector Norse: Sofie Grabol as Sarah Lund in 'The Killing'

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Video: Humans raise polar bear cub

After becoming an internet sensation, Siku - the baby polar bear taken into care because his mother couldn't produce enough milk to feed him - found a new home in Denmark this week.

British-registered ship caught taking arms to China

Vessel impounded after 160 tonnes of explosives and 69 missiles were discovered on board
Thomas Sorensen appears to have signed a two-and-a-half-year deal

Thomas Sorensen signs new Stoke City deal

Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen has signed a new contract with the Barclays Premier League club, the player has announced on his Twitter account.

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Common thread: Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison offer 55 patterns in their book 'because after 55 is when we decided to stop'

A pair of knit wits: Arne & Carlos are bringing their Christmas kitsch to Britain

The duo left their native Norway in stitches with their folksy baubles.

Redzepi says: 'There's something of the zeitgeist about Noma'

René Redzepi: 'If I wanted milk, my aunt went out and milked a cow'

I came to cooking randomly My best friend entered chef school and as I didn't know what to do, I followed him. I'd never cooked in my life until then. But when the teacher asked us to cook a plate of food, rather than thinking about girls, I started thinking, what is food to me, why do I like to eat? It was my first adult thought and I fell in love with cooking.

Von Trier continues trend of directors' using EFAs as rehab

The European Film Awards is seemingly becoming the award of rehabilitation. Two years in a row directors of the film picking up the top prize Best European Film have refused to attend the award ceremony for fear of landing themselves in trouble.

Agnes Poirier: A disturbing development in secular, integrated France

The offices of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo are petrol-bombed the day the magazine releases its own ironic tribute to the Arab Spring with a special "sharia" issue. It is, of course, no coincidence. But the fact that such a violent act is taking place in secular France, which has the biggest Muslim and Jewish communities in the EU, is an unexpected and worrying development.

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Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

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Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

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