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.

Portfolio: Robert Ormerod

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.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien

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

The man who pays his way

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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Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn