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.

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The Scottish seniors dancing up a storm

Lloyds’ shares rise above break-even level, raising hopes for sell-off of taxpayers’ stake

The prospect of the Government getting rid of its stake in Lloyds moved closer yesterday as shares in the bank broke the level set as the break-even price for taxpayers.

Leaving Alexandria, By Richard Holloway

This excellent memoir crystallises current debates on the church, homosexuality and women's ordination.

More than 12,000 private shareholders have launched a potential £4 billion claim against Royal Bank of Scotland

RBS to axe 1,400 jobs in latest round of redundancies

Royal Bank of Scotland announced today that it is cutting 1,400 jobs in the latest round of redundancies since it was bailed out by the taxpayer.

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Shamed Catholic Cardinal Keith O'Brien leaving Scotland 'for penance time' following inappropriate sexual conduct revelations

Cardinal Keith O’Brien is to leave Scotland for several months after admitting improper sexual conduct, the Vatican has confirmed.

Why transferring at Heathrow for a flight to LA should be hassle-free

Q. I have just purchased a return flight on Virgin Atlantic to Los Angeles (pictured) from Manchester, changing at Heathrow. (The extra cost was just £50, which was superb.) I have just over 90 minutes between flights. I have never used a connecting flight before, so have looked up the process online, only to find a wealth of conflicting information. Can you advise? Andy O'Dwyer, Ilkley, West Yorkshire

Ricky Burns (right) and Jose Gonzalez go face to face at the weigh-in in Glasgow

Boxing: Ricky Burns can expect tough defence against Jose A Gonzalez

There is a case for thinking that the boxing life of Ricky Burns has taken place on undercards, in champion’s backyards and far from the glare and rewards of big fights at home.

Café culture coming to Princes Street as Edinburgh's most famous thoroughfare undergoes a makeover

It is one of the few high streets in Britain bereft of cafés and bars. But now Edinburgh’s most famous thoroughfare, Princes Street, could be about to undergo a drastic makeover from shopping mecca to gourmet destination.

Tom Daley will be mentor to celebrities learning to dive for a new TV series, Splash!

Diving: Tom Daley ramps up for world championships

Tom Daley will ramp up his preparations for this summer's world championships with three major competitions before the end of the month.

Birthdays: Tony Blair and Grame Souness – separated in the maternity ward?

Once a fine leader of men with a reputation for steamrolling opponents, he’s now reduced to occasional punditry appearances commenting on his successor’s flaws and weaknesses. But that’s enough about Graeme Souness, the former Liverpool and Rangers player and manager (b. 6/5/1953).

Christian Jolley of Newport County celebrates scoring a goal during the Blue Square Bet Premier Conference Play-off Final

Blue Square Premier: Newport back after 25 years

Newport County will return to the Football League after a 25-year absence after two dramatic late goals gave them victory over Welsh rivals Wrexham at Wembley.

Revenue rise across board for Stagecoach

Commuters forced to swallow season-ticket increases this year helped boost revenues at Stagecoach, which yesterday reported a 5.4 per cent sales jump from its South West Trains division in the year to April.

Simon Calder: Edinburgh – where the geology and geometry are magic

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High point: the Royal Mile in Edinburgh's Old Town

My life in travel: Andrew Maxwell

'There's a lot going on in Cape Town'

On Glasgow and Edinburgh, By Robert Crawford

A study of the love and hate between 'enlightenment' Edinburgh and 'industrial' Glasgow

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Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

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If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

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Evolution of swimwear

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One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
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'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

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The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine