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.

Ryan MacDonald and Stevie McMullen were freed in Salford on their way to Manchester Crown Court

Two men escape in armed prison van ambush

Ryan MacDonald and Stevie McMullen were freed as they were travelling through rush-hour traffic in Salford

Ryan MacDonald and Stevie McMullen were freed in Salford on their way to Manchester Crown Court

Huge manhunt launched after two inmates sprung as prison van ambushed

Police launched a massive manhunt today for two men who went on the run after being sprung from a prison van.

Small businesses fear red tape in EU cyber directive

An incoming EU directive to help tackle cybercrime could in fact hurt small businesses with expensive red tape, a leading expert has warned.

23 Brazilian police officers have been sentenced to 156 years in jail each for their part in a prison massacre that left scores of prisoners dead more than two decades ago.

Brazilian police jailed over brutal prison massacre of 13

A court in Brazil has sentenced 23 police officers to 156 years in jail each for their part in a prison massacre that left scores of prisoners dead more than two decades ago.

The Dalai Lama leads a symbolic walk across a peace bridge in Londonderry

Dalai Lama visits Londonderry, urging a 'century of peace'

The Nobel peace laureate and spiritual leader crossed the city's symbolic peace bridge

Sergeant’s early prejudice about gang members is slowly overcome

Paperback reviews: Among the Hoods, By Harriet Sergeant

Boys in the hood aren't always hard

Pickpockets cause strike at the Louvre

Gangs of young pickpockets forced the closure of the Louvre museum in Paris today.

Brazilian police face trial over prison 'executions' in 1992's Carandiru massacre

More than 20 years after police in Sao Paulo put down a jail riot by allegedly executing more than 100 prisoners, 26 officers have gone on trial accused of murder.

Postcard from... Berlin

DVD & Blu-ray review: End of Watch (15)

David Ayer DVD/Blu-ray (109mins)

Palermo’s Noce clan are based in the centre of the Sicilian capital

Even Mafia fails to escape grips of recession

Even the Mafia is not immune to the lingering recession, according to new reports that suggest a merciless spending review is causing serious discontent in Sicily’s Cosa Nostra.

The move comes after two of the other indicted men, Uhuru Kenyatta and his running mate William Ruto, won last week’s elections

ICC drops case against Kenya violence suspect due to stand trial alongside Uhuru Kenyatta

ICC withdraws charges against former head of civil service as fellow accused wins elections

Page 3 Profile: Ray Winstone, actor

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International Women's Day: I was a gang member, now I work for change for women in South Africa 

Former South African gang member Welcome Witbooi talks about his violent past and how it is possible for men to change

Tobias Bately (Nick) and Martha Leebolt (Daisy) in The Great Gatsby

Ballet review: The Great Gatsby, Grand Theatre, Leeds

For a slim book, The Great Gatsby has more plot than you'd think. David Nixon's new production for Northern Ballet races through it, spelling out the ambiguous relationships of F Scott Fizgerald's novel. It doesn't have time to develop character or atmosphere.

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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?