Property The restoration game: Crossways in leafy Hanwell, west London, has failed to sell at auction and may continue to lie derelict

Plus Six Nations property breakdown, empty homes, homelessness, and rents in UK cities

Paperback review: Shakespeare’s Trollop, by Charlaine Harris

Another Lily Bard mystery from the prolific crime writer Charlaine Harris. In the southern town of Shakespeare, local good-time girl Deedra Dean is found murdered in her car, naked and desecrated.

Nick Clegg's promise of bedroom tax review is a 'sham,' says Harriet Harman

Criticism comes as it emerges evaluation will take two years and will not include public consultation

The Heygate in Elephant and Castle, London, is to be demolished and new luxury flats, already being advertised as far afield as Malaysia and Hong Kong, will replace it

End of an area for notorious Heygate estate: social housing gives way for high rise in prices

As a leaseholder is evicted, residents are priced out of its replacement

A 2 bedroom flat to rent in Skeldergate, York YO1, on with Mudd and Co for £1,200 pcm (£277 pw)

Renting out spare rooms earns homeowners more than £3 billion a year

1.7 million in the UK now rent out their spare rooms, claims new report

Clean lines: the rooms have a city apartment feel

Room Service: A city base that thinks it's the business

Ovolo Hotel, Melbourne

A Philippine Airlines jet stands on the tarmac at Manila's International airport as one of the most intense typhoons ever recorded tore into the Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan: Monster storm batters optimism over improved Manila tourism links

Philippines is profoundly vulnerable to both tropical tempests and seismic hyperactivity

Joe Hart is likely to play in the friendly against Germany

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart stays in firing line as Roy Hodgson keeps the faith

Roy Hodgson has reaffirmed his faith in embattled Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, even going as far as saying he believed it would do the player more damage to leave him out the England team now that he found himself on the bench at his club.

Average UK house prices predicted to rise by a quarter in next five years

Latest estimates show house prices up 1.6% over the last three months

Sven Goran Eriksson became notorious for his affairs
Children look on as Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal (centre) stands amongst the ruins of a Palestinian home a week after it was demolished by the Israeli authority in East Jerusalem

Israel orders more demolitions of Palestinian flats in Jerusalem

Move to demoliish hundreds of Arab apartments ‘destroying every chance of peace’, says Fatah

Investment Insider: What to do with your Royal Mail shares?

Investors must decide whether to keep them or take a quick profit

Pensioner Alvin Ricketts was known for dressing 'flamboyantly'

Pensioner handed jail sentence for selling crack cocaine

Seventy-four-year-old would wear a variety of 'flamboyant' hats, dinner scarves and other outfits that Scotland Yard said "'made him stand out' when offending

E-fit images of the suspect, and the McCanns in a BBC 'Crimewatch' reconstruction

Madeleine McCann: Suspect seen 'carrying girl to the beach' as police reveal 'overwhelming response' to Crimewatch appeal

Police hoping new timeline of events could lead to breakthrough

The financial savings generated by the 'bedroom tax' may have been significantly exaggerated by the Government

Government's projected savings from bedroom tax were ‘exaggerated’, research shows

The financial savings generated by the “bedroom tax” may have been significantly exaggerated by the Government, according to research which shows the controversial policy is likely to save £160m less in its first year than the projected £480m.

Two e-fit images believed by detectives to be of the same man seen in Praia da Luz at the time of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance

Madeleine McCann search: Man pictured in two police e-fits 'was seen carrying child' on night Madeleine disappeared

More details emerge about the man police want to question ahead of tonight’s special episode of Crimewatch

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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'
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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
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The man who hunts giants

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