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Lacking a little oomph, but some very nice touches

Chinese police seal off protest village after death of activist

A stand-off between locals and the authorities in China's wealthy Guangdong province deteriorated yesterday, as police sealed off a village to try to crush protests over government land seizures and the death of an activist in police custody.

Temaei Tontaake, left, and Uein Buranibwe, right, on Namdrik after their Pacific ordeal

Lost fishermen reach land – and solve a mystery

Pair drift in the Pacific for 33 days, then discover relatives on a remote atoll

National plan for missing children

Independent Appeal: Runaway success

At 14, Dorothy left home, preferring the violence of the streets. She tells Jonathan Brown how a charity changed her world

Mellon's Cod Army now have bigger fish to fry

Fleetwood are taking the Conference by storm and aim to batter Yeovil in tonight's FA Cup tie. Tim Rich goes to the seaside

What's the price of lobster? 352 lives

Catching crustaceans is a vital source of income for the divers of the Mosquito Coast. But the depths they plumb can prove fatal. Jenny Kleeman reports from Cocobila, Honduras
Polperro harbour

In Polperro, you can get away from everything– even the 21st century

This Cornish seaside village takes no modern-day prisoners. Turn off your mobile phone and just surrender to the slower pace of a different era

Tim Walker: Humiliation of the green welly brigade

Tales From The Water Cooler: The video realises one of the worst fears of the bourgeois middle-class

Letters: Is it wise for the taxpayer to prop up mortgages?

Hot on the heels of last week's government announcement of the intention to sell off even more council houses at 50 per cent discount, we now have them guaranteeing new house purchases.

Donald denied on Gray day for Bath

Glasgow 26 Bath 21

The Sketch: Perry Mason & Co let their man off the hook

If you missed the appearance, here it is in full. The committee: "They said you were lying." James Murdoch: "They're lying." Eight years ago, Chris Bryant MP asked a pertinent question of Rebekah Brooks, or Wade as she was at the time, and – by accident – she told him the truth. They have learnt that lesson well, at News International.

The Kiwi who missed the World Cup to put Quins top

Former All Black Evans has brought touch of class to a mainly young and English side's flying start
Stephen Donald, centre, with team-mates on the podium after his winning penalty kick

All Black who came in from the cold

Two weeks ago he was an outcast on a fishing trip. Now Stephen Donald is a World Cup hero

Stephen Donald is tackled by France's Aurélien Rougerie yesterday

'Fisherman' Stephen Donald lands the biggest catch of his life

Fourth-choice fly-half cannot match Carter's skills but he kept his cool when it mattered

Michael McCarthy: How French fishermen furthered my river fetish

I cannot see a river, any river, without a quickening of the spirit, and this is such an automatic reaction I sometimes wonder if it is hardwired into the genes, from our previous existence as hunter-gatherers. If I cross a river on any journey I want to know its name, and if at all possible, stop on the bridge and gaze into its currents.

Spanish fleet accused of law-breaking lands massive EU subsidies

Greenpeace urges Commission to end 'corrupted' fisheries policy

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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

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
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

Marian Keyes

The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment
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Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

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Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

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Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick