News George Osborne has cautioned against 'self-defeating' minimum wage increases

Chancellor says he wants to see low-paid workers' earnings rising, but not at the cost of jobs

Fighting talk: Aaron Cook (red hat) meets Lutalo Muhammad next week

Taekwondo: At last! Rivals get chance to settle Olympic scrap

Before London 2012, Aaron Cook and Lutalo Muhammad became embroiled in a bitter dispute which rocked Britain's preparations for the Games

Car admin site to leave drivers on cloud nine

Imagine never having to rustle through drawers or shoeboxes to find that crucial car-related document. That is the idea behind newly launched website Motoriety.

A photo of Abdelhakim Dekhar taken in 1994 during his custody as part of the Rey-Maupin case

Paris shootings suspect Abdelhakim Dekhar charged with attempted murder and kidnapping

The Paris prosecutor has lodged a preliminary charge against the suspect in a shooting spree at media offices and a bank.

'Boris Johnson, be our hero': Ministry of Sound makes plea to Mayor of London to safeguard its future as skyscraper 'threatens' nation’s best-known super club

Club fears its future will be threatened by noise complaints from future residents of 41-storey residential block directly opposite

Brewbot lets you brew beers with your iPhone

Automated machine lets you feed in the ingredients, set a timer and wait for your home-brewed beers

American troops seen in front of a vast air raid shelter in Aachen, Germany, 1945

Postcard from... Aachen

The huge yet dilapidated former Nazi bunker fills one side of a street in Aachen’s sought after Lousberg residential area.

GTA 5 Online launch: difficulties expected as Rockstar outlines online rules

The online portion of the game will be available from approximately noon on October 1st

Former Pc Gareth Gricks found dead on day he faced child sex charges

A former police officer has been found dead on the day he was due to be charged with a series of serious sexual offences.

Postcard from... Berlin

Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell awaits a decision from the jury

Michael Le Vell: Coronation Street actor was 'a drunk, bad husband and inadequate father' - but not a child rapist

Jurors at Manchester Crown Court heard impassioned closing speeches from both the defence and the prosecution on the last day of the Coronation Street star's child sex trial

'Motorbike in the sky': New Zealand inventor granted flying permit for jetpack

Glenn Martin’s prototype has a top speed of 46 mph

Third suspect arrested over rape of 12-year-old in London

Two others have already been arrested

Teens to appear in court over rape of 12-year-old girl in east London

Two teenagers charged with the rape of a 12-year-old girl will appear in court today.

Search for men who raped girl in Walthamstow, east London

Police are hunting for three men after a 12-year-old girl was raped.

Anthony Sowell of Cleveland, Ohio appears in court on Wednesday,
charged with murder, rape and kidnapping

Sex offender 'fascinated' by Cleveland Strangler case held by police after three women's bodies are found

Police are carrying out a further search for additional victims amid concern there may be more bodies

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Iran is opening up again to tourists

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‘Can we really just turn away?’

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