News Trespass laws are being examined to allow fracking under people's homes without prior consent

Ministers are reportedly reviewing laws that would allow fracking to be carried out underneath houses without the permission of the owners.

General views of the Cuadrilla shale fracking facility in Preston, Lancashire, pictured here in 2012

Fracking controls 'removed in dash for unconventional energy resources'

Councils no longer able to investigate issues such as seismic activity, venting and potential impact on ground water supplies

The Cuadrilla shale fracking facility in Preston, Lancashire

Fracking set to resume in Lancashire in bid to prove shale gas industry is commercially viable

Fracking activities are set to resume in an area that was hit by two minor earthquakes linked to the controversial technology.

Observations: How to drive a Dalek

Barnaby Edwards is the closest you’ll ever get to meeting a Dalek. A principal operator since 2005, he’s the guy sitting inside the Dalek – bringing the Doctor’s most feared opponents to life.

South Africa seeks Lonmin mine peace but wage deal may be elusive

Feuding South African unions, platinum producer Lonmin and government officials tried on Wednesday to broker a peace accord at a mine where 44 people were killed in the worst such violence since the end of apartheid.

Mosiuoa Lekota of the political party Congress of the People addresses workers at the Marikana mine

South African platinum mine threatens job losses if striking miners miss deadline to return to work at the mine where police shot 34 people last week

About one third of the workforce at the South African platinum mine where police shot 34 striking miners last week returned to work yesterday, heeding a warning that they would otherwise be sacked.

Riot police at the Markikana mine yesterday

South African police slaughter striking miners after stand-off

18 dead at British-owned platinum mine as authorities lose patience with rival factions in industrial dispute

Album: Makrokosmos Quartet, Round Midnight (HatArt)

Blending percussive pianos with melodic percussion, the Makrokosmos Quartet are perfectly placed to explore the interface of classical and jazz, as on this series of commissions exploring the influence of Thelonious Monk, the most inventive jazz composer of the last century.

Keira Knightley as Anna; Tolstoy's classic has proved hard to adapt for film

Heads Up: Anna Karenina

Keira plays Karenina ‑ the race for the Oscars starts here

Afghan reality TV show's goal is national unity

Thousands of Afghan footballers have signed up to participate in trials to compete in the country's first professional league.

Ten dead after building collapses in Egypt

Ten people have been killed when an apartment tower under construction collapsed on adjacent buildings in the Egyptian city of Alexandria.

Man jailed for record 17 years for £34m tax fraud

A man who stole £34m in PAYE employee tax has been jailed for 17 years – one of the longest fraud sentences in British criminal history.

Stanhope wins town centre deal

The long-awaited redevelopment of the town centre of Crawley, West Sussex, took a step forward yesterday, when the local council recommended developer Stanhope as its development partner.

Government urged to take "aggressive steps" to increase home-ownership or face huge housing benefit costs

By 2060, the state will need to spend an extra £8.13 billion on Housing Benefit for older people, says new report

The Market Report: Spotlight on Ithaca as bid talk returns

Are punters prepared to risk their hard-earned cash on Ithaca Energy again? There were plenty of burnt fingers in the Square Mile last month after the North Sea explorer called an end to bid talks with a number of suitors having failed to agree a deal, but yesterday takeover hopes were being stoked up once more.

Polish fans are disconsolate as they crash out of the Euros on Saturday night

Poland and Ukraine can be 'proud', says Uefa president Michel Platini

Uefa president declares himself 'very, very happy' with the co-hosts of Euro 2012

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Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

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German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

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Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

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US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform