News Leonardo DiCaprio’s deepest, darkest and wholly rational fear of sharks was tested to the extreme after he came face-to-face with a great white during a terrifying diving ordeal.

Police detained Farrar (pictured below), 42, at Collin County jail with charges of misdemeanour counts of possession, theft, and harassment by phone

Man admits strangling Lindsay Ann Hawker

A man has admitted raping and strangling British teacher Lindsay Ann Hawker - but said he did not intend to kill her.

Swedish serial rapist gets 12 years in prison

A serial rapist who preyed on lone women walking or biking in the small central Swedish town of Orebro has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for a string of attacks between 2005 and 2010, a district court ruled today.

Seven of Allen Stanford's charges dropped

Federal prosecutors have narrowed their criminal case against Allen Stanford, the Texas financier accused of running a $7 billion Ponzi scheme.

Khodorkovsky whistle-blower quits

An aide to the judge who sentenced Mikhail Khodorkovsky to six more years in prison stepped down yesterday, weeks after saying the verdict was dictated by more senior members of the judiciary.

Scam Briton facing up to 20 years in US jail

A multi-millionaire fraudster is facing up to 20 years in a US jail after admitting ripping off thousands of investors in Britain's biggest "boiler room" scam.

Mel Gibson strikes deal in Oksana case

Mel Gibson will not go to jail over his January 2010 altercation with Oksana Grigorieva.

US doctor charged over abortion 'horrors'

A doctor whose abortion clinic was described as a filthy, foul-smelling "house of horrors" has been accused of delivering seven babies alive and then using scissors to kill them.

Mel Gibson to face criminal charges

Prosecutors have a "strong case" to support filing criminal charges against Mel Gibson for allegedly hitting Oksana Grigorieva.

US jury convicts five Somalis of piracy

Five Somali men accused of attacking a US Navy vessel, the USS Nicholas, off Somalia were convicted on federal piracy charges yesterday in the first trial of its kind in more than a century.

Suspect arrested over year-long shooting spree against Swedish immigrants

A man suspected of a year-long shooting spree against immigrants in southern Sweden was remanded in custody yesterday on preliminary charges of one murder and five attempted murders.

Author seeks to stop Broadway show

Fela!, the award-winning Broadway musical about the late Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, which opened in London this week, could face closure after the author of a book about the Nigerian superstar sued the producers. He claims that they stole his work and thought an offer of $4,000 (£2,500) was all he deserved for copying portions of his book into the play's script.

Darts: Barney 'was blackmail target'

Prosecutors have demanded a two-year prison sentence for a man charged with attempting to blackmail Raymond van Barneveld by claiming he had a sex tape of the former darts world champion and a mistress.

Wilders wins retrial in race-hate case

A Dutch court ordered a retrial yesterday for the anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders, sending the closely-watched hate speech case back to square one before a whole new panel of judges.

Gay marriages halted in California

A federal appeals court has put same-sex weddings in California on hold indefinitely while it considers the constitutionality of the state's gay marriage ban.

US prosecutor says no case against Gore

Former Vice President Al Gore was cleared yesterday of allegations he groped and assaulted a masseuse in a luxury Portland hotel room in 2006, closing a case that could have tarnished the Nobel prize winner's reputation.

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Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible
Look what's mushrooming now! Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector

Look what's mushrooming now!

Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector
Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

The vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg

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Bill Granger's cracking egg recipes
Terry Venables: Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back

Terry Venables column

Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back
Michael Calvin: Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged, says Michael Calvin