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After a record crop of entries, the prize for this year’s most convoluted Christmas-referencing Commons intervention goes to Labour frontbencher Iain Wright who asked Vince Cable yesterday (and this is only a bowdlerised extract): “Given that this is the season of good will…will the Secretary of State ask for permission from his Minister of State at least to undo his electronic tag a notch or two and will not BIS and DECC ministers snuggle up together to watch Strictly, eggnog in hand, and promise to come back in 2013 determined to focus on British enterprise… not departmental infighting and ministerial surveillance?”

Police search the home of Adam Lanza

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Online shopping poised to overtake high-street sales

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Abu Qatada is expected to be freed from Long Lartin prison today

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Professor Jonathan Harvey: Composer whose work spanned electronic and church music

He was a gifted cellist, and his work remained rooted in the practicalities of performance

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A Senate committee approved a measure on Thursday that would require law enforcement agencies to obtain a court-approved search warrant before reviewing any email or other electronic content.

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Thomas Cook reports £17m loss after disastrous attempt to cash in on London 2012

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Relief on hand for victims of stalking as law is beefed up

Guidelines give police powers to tackle stalkers more quickly and to convict more offenders

A modernised China is a place to fear

Europe's teetering economy could be toppled in the rush by a liberalised new generation to embrace the standards of the West

Animal Collective, The Roundhouse, London

"For us it's not always about just writing a good song" Animal Collective's vocalist Avey Tare once maintained. "We want to play with your ears in terms of colours and space with sound."

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Oil prices rise on Superstorm Sandy threat

Oil prices rose today after a Superstorm Sandy caused havoc across the north-eastern US and threatened to inflict more damage inland.

Brain imaging, such as this pictured at the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology, is proving vital for understanding how the mind works

Identifying the brain's own facial recognition system

The ability to recognize faces is so important in humans that the brain appears to have an area solely devoted to the task: the fusiform gyrus.

Britain's postgrad crisis puts us on the same level as Kazakhstan

Students put off extended study by rising course fees and lack of access to loans
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