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.

Security experts warn that increasing interest has driven up price of medals on online auction sites

Fears rise that WW1 centenary will spark crimewave against memorabilia

Security experts warn that increasing interest has driven up price of medals on online auction sites

Joe Dunthorne's 'Ghost Pots'

Submarine author Joe Dunthorne maps modern writer's mind

Alice Jones' Arts Diary

James ‘Whitey’ Bulger was found guilty of crimes including murder, extortion and money-laundering

Family feuds spill into court at sentencing for gangster ‘Whitey’ Bulger

The son of one of the victims said the electric chair was ‘too good’ for the crime-lord

David Cameron in 2009 said, 'With the Conservatives there will be no more of the tiresome, meddlesome, top-down restructures that have dominated the last decade of the NHS'. Andrew Lansley (centre) went on to launch one of the largest reorganisations in NHS history

Tories ‘deleted 10 years of speeches and press releases from party website’

All evidence of commitments made between 2000 and 2010 have disappeared from ahead of re-launch

The News Matrix: Tuesday 12 November 2013

Blunkett angered by press hacking

Postcard from... Rome

The awfulness of Rome’s public transport is proverbial. Fatalistic locals just raise their eyebrows and curse transport managers and elected officials.

Dum Dum Girls's third LP is out in January

The Playlist: Dum Dum Girls / Lorde / Moose Blood

The songs that are hot on our playlist this week

Postcard from... Naples

A senior church figure in southern Italy has added another transgression to the list of sinful activities: environmental destruction.

Richard Benyon, Conservative MP

Page 3 Profile: Richard Benyon, Conservative MP

Bad day?

Vandals cause £1m in damage to wealthy MP's estate

Attack allegedly occurred just hours after Mr Benyon was told he had been sacked as Government minister

Brazilian prison rebellion leaves 13 dead and 30 injured

A prison rebellion in São Luis, in the north-eastern state of Maranhão, Brazil, has left 13 dead and more than 30 injured.

Want to know where the real drama is? In everyday women’s lives

Juliet Stevenson feels TV offers only "colourless" roles for middle-aged women

A marijuana 'grow room'. Dutch 'scratch and sniff' cards to be rolled out to familiarise people with smell

Netherlands to roll out cannabis-scented 'scratch and sniff' cards to encourage Dutch to grass on growers

Pilot scheme has been hailed as a success after 20 per cent rise in people able to identify whiff of cultivation

Officers of the new National Crime Agency participating in a training exercise

Volunteers top most wanted list for 'Britain's FBI' as National Crime Agency is launched

Britain's elite new police force launches today with appeal for private sector to fill its skills gap

Book review: The Silence of the Wave, By Gianrico Carofiglio, trans. Howard Curtis

A former anti-gang prosecutor takes his crime fiction down into an even darker place

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Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

'A gift from Egypt to the rest of the world'

VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
The male menopause and intimations of mortality

Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
Bettany Hughes interview: The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems

Bettany Hughes interview

The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

Art of the state

Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

The haunting of Shirley Jackson

Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
Bill Granger recipes: Heading off on holiday? Try out our chef's seaside-inspired dishes...

Bill Granger's seaside-inspired recipes

These dishes are so easy to make, our chef is almost embarrassed to call them recipes
Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

Andrew Grice: Inside Westminster

Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza
HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen